A Sparkle of Genius 2014-07-29T16:35:23Z http://www.asparkleofgenius.com/feed/atom Melissa Au <![CDATA[Encouraging Summer Learning #streamteam]]> http://www.asparkleofgenius.com/?p=9509 2014-07-17T16:50:38Z 2014-07-29T16:35:23Z Just because it is summer time doesn’t mean that your kids shouldn’t be learning. I find it important that kids spend all summer learning.  I’m not trying to be mean, I just think that it is really important.  I don’t make them do homework, worksheets or work books.  I like to use summer to make […]

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Just because it is summer time doesn’t mean that your kids shouldn’t be learning. I find it important that kids spend all summer learning.  I’m not trying to be mean, I just think that it is really important.  I don’t make them do homework, worksheets or work books.  I like to use summer to make learning fun.  We have so much more free time during the summer so it is a perfectly opportunity to be creative and come up with fun learning ideas.  Most of the time, they will be having so much fun that they aren’t realizing that they are learning!

Ideas like Creating these story cubes to give your kids the chance to activate their imagination and come up with their own storybook adventure.  I love this idea.  My daughter loves writing stories and adventures and this is a perfect way to spark their imagination and give them story ideas.  

There are also so many awesome shows on Netflix that teach kids.  They can learn about counting, reading, sharks, dinosaurs and so much more, just from watching these educational shows.  I love listening to my kids telling me about what they have learned.  We went to an event this last weekend where my kids had the opportunity to meet and learn from Brady Barr.  Seriously, this man has done some amazing things and had some awesome adventures.  Because of this, my kids have been enjoying learning all about animals from Nat Geo’s Dangerous Encounters.

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There are so many great educations choices on Netflix. Here our our recommendations for encouraging summer learning:

10 Netflix Titles for a Summer Brain-Power Boost

For your big kids:

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1. Lewis & Clark: The Journey Out West
2. Walking with Dinosaurs
3. Secret Yellowstone
4. The Blue Planet
5. When We Left Earth: The NASA Missions

Want even more brain-boosting titles? Our friends at Common Sense Media shared 12 age-appropriate documentaries that encourage kids to explore worlds they may not normally encounter, all currently streaming on Netflix – check out the list here.

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What are your families favorite shows to encourage summer learning?

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Melissa Au <![CDATA[Help Save Music in our Schools with Schoola – KIPP Academy #clothes4school]]> http://www.asparkleofgenius.com/?p=9621 2014-07-28T07:34:26Z 2014-07-28T07:34:26Z This post is brought to you by Schoola, the best place to buy discounted kids clothes all while give back to schools in need.Click here to learn more about Schoola.Click here to see what people are saying. Every since I was little, my home was filled with music. My mother is amazing at playing the […]

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Every since I was little, my home was filled with music. My mother is amazing at playing the piano.  She can sit down and without music play beautiful songs that she writes in the moment.  She taught me from an early age the importance of music as I saw her example, as well as by teaching me piano lessons.  I always loved music and knew how important it was because of her love of music.  My mother received her love of music from her own mother.  I remember sitting at the feet of my Nana and listening to her sing and play the music.  I loved this moments and cherish these memories of her singing us some of her favorite songs.

I try to bring music into my own home with our children.  My son plays the trumpet and my daughter is interested in learning the piano and violin soon. Unfortunately, as a parent, home life is so busy and often we aren’t able to give our children the amount of time to appreciate music as they need. I was blessed as a child because we had a music program in our school that started at 4th grade.  With my love of music, I joined the school band and learned how to play the Clarinet.  I have so many great memories learning to play the Clarinet and it taught me a skill that I still use many years later.

I agree with the quote above that music is so important.  It saddens me to hear about how school are starting to cut their music program.  There are so many amazing benefits that come from music. Music calms me, teaches me, enlightens me, and entertains me.  Music is a gift that I think all kids should be able to have.  With the help of Schoola, we can help!   I have paired with Schoola to help save KIPP Academies music program! I had the choice of different schools to support and I chose KIPP Academy because I am passionate about the music program.  This is a fantastic cause that you can help with, too!

About KIPP Academy-

“A small school in the Bronx, KIPP Academy works hard to support kids who need all the help they can get. Ninety-five percent of its students qualify for free or reduced-cost lunch. More than one in seven receives special education services. Music helps KIPP Academy reach and engage every child who enters its doors. The slogan on the Music Room wall sets the stage—All of Us Will Learn Music.  No matter what backgrounds they come from or what challenges they face, they learn lessons together that will serve them the rest of their lives.”

Here is a video with their story:

About Schoola and the Campaign:

“Schoola is an online shop dedicated to recycling brand-name children’s clothes, with 40% of the proceeds going to schools in need. The innovative new program – which saves parents money and gives back at the same time – has been heralded by Fox News, the LA Times, Forbes and Parenting Magazine.”

This campaign’s theme is “20 Days of Schoola” Adopt-a-School and will focus on “adopting” one of three schools who would greatly benefit from additional funds to bring or bolster creative programs.

So, HOW CAN YOU HELP?  There are TWO ways:

1.  Shop on Schoola. For every transaction that is tracked via my unique referral code, Schoola will donate $1 to KIPP Academy.

2. Request a Schoola donation bag. If you request a Schoola donation bag via this unique referral code, Schoola will donate $1 to KIPP Academy to support.

ADDED BONUS - when you donate the clothes and fills out your school information, $2 of every $5 made will go back to the school that you chose to support. Seriously a win/win since you will be helping KIPP Academy and for your own school of choice!

I love finding opportunities to give back.  I would love being able to be a hand it helping KIPP Academy save their music program!

Please Visit HERE  to help this great cause, today!

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Melissa Au <![CDATA[Samsung Chef Collection appliances #MasterYourHome]]> http://www.asparkleofgenius.com/?p=9597 2014-07-28T06:59:08Z 2014-07-28T06:57:57Z I love Pinterest.  It is an easy way for me to organize what I love, what I want to make or what I want to do.  One of my favorite boards on Pinterest is my Dream House.  There I have pinned my favorite kitchens, bathrooms, laundry rooms and more.  I’m sure we all have a […]

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IMG_9234I love Pinterest.  It is an easy way for me to organize what I love, what I want to make or what I want to do.  One of my favorite boards on Pinterest is my Dream House.  There I have pinned my favorite kitchens, bathrooms, laundry rooms and more.  I’m sure we all have a dream house, a one-day home, or a dream board featuring many beautiful items. I had the opportunity to go to BlogHer this week, and while they I visited the Samsung Home Appliance Booth.  Okay, be aware that I might geek out on you a little bit about this booth, because it was Ah-May-Zing! I never knew appliances could be so amazing.

At Blogher, Samsung featured their Chef Collections.  These are their premium professional appliances developed with insights from world-class chefs.  In this line they featured the Samsung Chef Collection 4-Door Refrigerator, the Samsung Chef Collection Slide In Range, the Samsung Chef Collection Over-The Range (OTR) Microwave and the Samsung Chef Collection Dishwasher with WaterWall Technology. We also learned more about the WF9100 front-load laundry pair, the WA9000 top-load laundry pair and the Baby Care Washer.

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Bonus, surprise to me– Samsung has Vacuums!  Did you know this?  I didn’t know this.  I asked one of the representatives and apparently they have sold vacuums internationally for years, but they are new to the domestic market. Vacuum innovations featured include Motion Sync Upright Vacuum and Motion Sync Canister Vacuums.

Okay, on to my favorite items!

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The Flex Duo Oven is not just beautiful, but incredible.  Talk about the most amazing Oven that you could ever own.  This oven features two temperature controls cook dishes at different temperatures with no noticeable transfer of aroma.  Yes, you heard that right.  You can cook TWO different dishes at TWO different temperatures. Amazing, huh!

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The smart divider allows you to heat and different temperatures, or you can even only heat the top half if you have one small dish.  I spoke with one of the representatives and he mentioned that you could even bake and broil at the same time!  Impressive, huh!  Don’t worry, though!  You can remove the smart divider when you need to cook bigger items or your Thanksgiving turkey!

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This is a beautiful refrigerator.  It has so much storage in it.  The 32 cu. ft. Samsung T9000 Four-Door Refrigerator prides on having the most fresh food storage in its class and that it can fit up to 32 bags of groceries! I love the stainless steel design. This really is an elegant fridge.

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Upon opening the refrigerator door, the temperature shows up on your door so you know exactly what temperature it is, and make sure that it is ideal for what you have in the refrigerator.

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My husbands favorite feature is that you can make your own Sparkling Water right from your fridge!

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I love this photo because it shows you exactly how much space you have for storage. There are perfect storage and compartments for all your needs.  One nice feature is that the door on the bottom right can be converted to either a fridge or a freezer dependent upon what you need most. We tend to need the freezer space, so I’m sure that is what we would use it for.

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The RF34H9960S4/AA Chef Collection Refrigerator is another great option.  I’m not sure how I would be able to choose between the two because the both of so many great benefits.  I love this refrigerator for having kids.  Having the lower drawers for refrigeration really makes it a great kid friendly option.

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With just a press of the button, the refrigerator options partially as the photo shows above so you have perfect access to your drinks and condiments. I love this option because it makes it easy and convenient to get all of the items that you need. The Metal Cooling feature on the door helps provide a consistent temperature in the refrigerator.

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This is such a great drawer.  I think this would be perfect for school lunches.  The kids have a dedicated spot where they have all the items they need for their school lunches. No more standing at an open fridge trying to find something for your lunch.  They are easily organized in one place and the perfect height for kids to find everything that they need.

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On the bottom, you have a two drawer freezer that has plenty of room for all of your freezers needs. I have always had a side to side fridge/freeze and I really prefer the option of having them in drawers at the bottom.  This refrigerator is beautiful, full of storage and a great selection.

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The SAMSUNG DW80H9950US Dishwasher is different than the standard dishwasher because it features a WaterWall™ Washing System. Where a traditional dishwasher spins and the water disperses that way, this dishwasher has a powerful wall of water that cleans every item in the dishwasher – even the hard to reach places. It uses maximum cleaning pressure that is 35% stronger than normal rotary systems.

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There is lots of space in this dishwasher to fit everything that you need and offers great flexibility for different sized items.  One of my favorite things about this dishwasher is that it is an energy efficient dishwasher that is the quietest in its class due to its special insulation that reduces noise. It is energy efficient and exceeds the 2014 ENERGY STAR criteria with using only 258 kwh per year. My dishwasher right now is so loud that I love a quieter option.

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Samsung has a front loading Washer set or a Top Loading set that would be a dream come true for all moms!  Not only do they have faster washing cycles, but they are high capacity washers!  I was told that you could wash TWO king size comforters at a time!  How incredible is that! These are both 5.6 cu. ft. washer capacity and 9.5 cu. ft. dryer capacity.
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Do you have a baby? The Samsung WB7000H Baby Care Washer sanitizes all of a baby’s delicate laundry. It saves time, electricity and water by handling small loads of up to about 6 lbs. This is perfect for cloth diapers, baby clothes, or any small delicate items that you would want to wash.

I hope that you had the opportunity to visit that Samsung Home Appliance booth at BlogHer!  There stunning design, functions and beauty really is amazing!

For more information visit www.samsung.com or www.facebook.com/samsunghomeappliancesusa .

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Melissa Au <![CDATA[Flip the Script to Target #TargetSponsored]]> http://www.asparkleofgenius.com/?p=9563 2014-07-28T05:29:08Z 2014-07-27T19:03:11Z Content and/or other value provided by our partner, Target. All opinions are my own. Just like many of you, I am a parent.  As a parent, we spend most of our lives busy.  This week was crazy.  I was very excited because my sons baseball team made it to State Tournaments, but this also meant […]

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Just like many of you, I am a parent.  As a parent, we spend most of our lives busy.  This week was crazy.  I was very excited because my sons baseball team made it to State Tournaments, but this also meant 2 games a day for three days straight. I had three other kids, house to clean, errands to run, groceries to buy and a prescription to fill. This is when multi-tasking is important. Between games, I put the kids in the car, loaded them up and ran to Target.  I love my Target moments. I could spend hours there if I had the time.  Normally, I don’t and am in quite a hurry.  One thing I can always count on, though is that my prescription is ready by the time I am done shopping.  And just like that, I can check two things off my list.  Multi-tasking at its finest!

If you haven’t yet transferred your prescriptions to Target it is so easy and has some great benefits!  Not only can I fill while I shop at my favorite store, but they have great Pharmacy Rewards.  Did you know that by switching to Target Pharmacy, you can get all the benefits of Pharmacy Rewards!  When you fill five prescriptions & you can get 5% off a day of shopping! I love saving money.  Did you know that you can earn rewards faster by filling pet prescriptions, getting vaccinations such as the flu shot and adding all family members to one account.  I had no clue that I could fill my pet prescriptions, too!  Isn’t that so convenient!

It is so easy to  Flip the Script and you will quickly be on your way to these Target Pharmacy Rewards !  Target accepts most insurance companies which is so great.  All you need to transfer your prescriptions is the following information:

1. Name of your current pharmacy
2. Phone number of your current pharmacy
3. Prescription number

You can transfer your prescriptions in any of these following ways:

1. Ask a Target pharmacist
2. Text RX to 827438 (TARGET)
3. Call 877-796-2743
4. Visit Target.com/pharmacy

It doesn’t get easier than that! And the convenience you receive from shopping at your favorite store while you fill is priceless! Whether I am filling a personal prescription, filling my dogs prescriptions, one for my kids or getting their needed vaccinations, Target is my #1 choice for ease, convenience and shopping! :)

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Melissa Au <![CDATA[Nocciolata Organic Hazelnut Spread]]> http://www.asparkleofgenius.com/?p=9579 2014-07-21T05:34:26Z 2014-07-24T05:25:24Z We were so excited to try Nocciolata Organic Hazelnut Spread. Chocolate is always a winner and when you add hazelnut it just gets better! The spread tastes so rich and decadent and the best part is it is all organic and made from all natural raw ingredients. You can indulge without worrying about all the […]

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NocciolataWe were so excited to try Nocciolata Organic Hazelnut Spread. Chocolate is always a winner and when you add hazelnut it just gets better! The spread tastes so rich and decadent and the best part is it is all organic and made from all natural raw ingredients. You can indulge without worrying about all the strange ingredients you generally see on the back of your food labels. Nocciolata contains no chemicals, no artificial flavors or colors, no hydrogenated fat, no GMOs, and no palm oil. The recipe is an old Italian family recipe that has been passed down for generations.

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The flavor is divine and you can use this spread on pretty much anything. We tried it on toast, bananas, and simply out of the jar with a spoon! It would also work great in milkshakes, on ice cream, or as an ingredient in baked goods. Use it as a filling or a frosting – it’s a pantry staple! Visit their website here for more information and recipe ideas.

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Melissa Au <![CDATA[Our Family Movie Night with Pop Secret and Rio 2 #PopForRio2]]> http://www.asparkleofgenius.com/?p=9530 2014-07-18T04:34:54Z 2014-07-21T14:00:49Z This shop is part of a social shopper marketing insight campaign with Pollinate Media Group® Pop Secret and Fox Entertainment, but all my opinions are my own. #pmedia  #PopForRio2 http://my-disclosur.es/OBsstV Family movie night is very important to us.  We have it every Saturday night and have done this for years.  I love this time because […]

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Family movie night is very important to us.  We have it every Saturday night and have done this for years.  I love this time because we put away all of our electronic devices, snuggle up to our kids and just enjoy being together.  We laugh together, cry together and just really love this time together over our favorite movies.  I love spending time together as a family.  This last weekend we knew exactly what we would be watching for Family Movie night. Rio 2 just came out on DVD and my kids hadn’t had a chance to see it in theaters so we wanted to watch that one together.  We loved the first Rio movie and knew that we would love Rio 2.  It is a perfect choice for a family friendly film that kids and adults of all ages would love.

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I headed over to Walmart or pick up a copy of Rio 2.  I had my $1 off any Pop Secret Popcorn coupon in hand, because I love a good deal.  There is nothing better than a great movie and some popcorn.  Especially when snuggled up with the kiddos. Its just like they said in the display above : “Movie Night! Rio 2 and Pop Secret- the perfect pair.”  It wasn’t hard for me to find the movie or some popcorn to go along with it because this great display had it all in one place!  Lots of bright, fun Rio-tastic colors to lead you right to it!  Kids are so excited!

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I brought Rio 2 and Pop-Secret popcorn home so we could get ready for our movie night.  We decided at this point that for a movie as awesome as Rio 2 we should throw up the big screen in the backyard and invite all the cousins over for a Rio 2 POPCORN PARTY!  Hours later, we had lots of popcorn to share, 11 excited kids, a big screen and a perfect Family Night Movie.  The weather couldn’t have been any better.  The cousins all came in their pajamas, brought their blankets and excitedly ate their popcorn during the movie. Many of the cousins hadn’t seen the movie in the theaters so it was fun laughing with them and seeing their excitement as they enjoyed their favorite characters from Rio. There truly is nothing better than Movie Night with Family.  Okay, maybe popcorn.

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Everyone knows that Popcorn is a must at a movie party.  We love Pop Secret butter popcorn.  But since this Rio 2 Popcorn Part was an epic outdoor party, we decided to glam up the popcorn a bit.  Kids loved this, and boy does it taste delicious!  We popped up 4 bags of Pop Secret popcorn for everyone to enjoy as well as made Chocolate Sprinkles Popcorn and Cookies and Cream Popcorn.  They are fast and easy to make but are SO yummy! We started making the popcorn about 45 minutes before guests arrived.

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What you need
3 bags popped Pop Secret Popcorn
1 bag chocolate chips
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Pop three bags of Pop Secret Popcorn and put in a large bowl. Then melt chocolate chips in microwave. I add them to a bowl and cook on half power for 30 seconds. I repeat this over and over again until completely melted. Normally takes about 2 minutes. Careful, bowl will be hot! Pour melted chocolate over popcorn and stir until completely covered. Add sprinkles and continue to stir. Refrigerate popcorn until chocolate hardens.

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What you need
3 bags popped Pop Secret Popcorn
1 bag white chocolate chips
1 package Oreo’s

Pop three bags of Pop Secret Popcorn and put in a large bowl. Then melt white chocolate chips in microwave. I add them to a bowl and cook on half power for 30 seconds. I repeat this over and over again until completely melted. Normally takes about 2 minutes. Careful, bowl will be hot! White melting white chocolate, add Oreo’s to a separate bowl and crush. Pour melted white chocolate over popcorn and stir until completely covered. Add Oreo’s to popcorn and mix. Refrigerate popcorn until chocolate hardens.

I’m so grateful that we could have the PERFECT Outdoor Family Movie Night thanks to Rio 2 and Pop Secret!  Don’t forget to head over to Walmart and take advantage of the $1 off any Pop Secret Popcorn, while supplies last.

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Marisabel <![CDATA[Cruising The Street With the Contours Options Tandem Stroller #ContoursBaby]]> http://www.asparkleofgenius.com/?p=9566 2014-07-21T16:21:59Z 2014-07-21T04:39:57Z We received a Contours Options Tandem Stroller for review. All opinions are my own. Getting around with two kids can be tough and with us expecting twins in the near future, we knew we needed to figure out our stroller situation.  When the opportunity came to review the Contours Options Tandem Stroller, we were excited […]

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We received a Contours Options Tandem Stroller for review. All opinions are my own.

Getting around with two kids can be tough and with us expecting twins in the near future, we knew we needed to figure out our stroller situation.  When the opportunity came to review the Contours Options Tandem Stroller, we were excited to take a look.  Tandem strollers come in all shapes, configurations and sizes.  The Contours Options Tandem Stroller fits exactly what we need because it is a great-looking stroller that is versatile, with great storage and very maneuverable.

Contours Options Tandem Stroller: Beautiful Stroller

Immediately when we put together the stroller, we knew that it was a keeper.  The Contours Options Tandem Stroller is beautiful and sleek.  We love the sleek black frame and the sharp look of the red canopies.  It is an excellent looking design that will look great when you are out and about.

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Contours Options Tandem Stroller: Versatility and Adjustability

Implicit in the name, Contours Options Tandem Stroller, the optional features related to the seats is excellent.  You have the option of switching the front and rear seats to face either towards you or away from you.  This gives you a lot of flexibility depending on your mood, kids’ moods or any other factor that might motivation you.  Because the seats operate on a very easy ‘click-in’ button system, you can even use the Contours Options Tandem Stroller with one kid and use the storage area for groceries.  The canopies on the seats are also very easy to adjust.  The sky really is the limit in how you can use this stroller!

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Contours Options Tandem Stroller: Excellent Storage

We were simply blown away by the amount of storage that the Contours Options Tandem Stroller has.  The huge basket that is below the two seats has plenty of space for anything that you might want to store in that area.  Think diaper bag, purse, etc.  If you need it, you can probably fit it in the stroller.  Check out how much space you have in the picture below:

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Contours Options Tandem Stroller: Mobile and Lightweight

Even with all these features, the Contours Options Tandem stroller is very mobile and lightweight.  In fact, we were surprised with how easy it is to move the stroller around and even navigate some of the tighter areas here in our home.  We thought we would have to make some sacrifices in mobility and weight in getting a tandem stroller but the materials and function of the Contours Options Tandem stroller blew us away as those were not sacrificed for the size needed.

Check out our video review where you can see the stroller in action:

We are incredibly pleased with the Contours Options Tandem Stroller and highly recommend it.  You can check it out at: ContoursBaby.com or BabiesRUs.com

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Melissa Au <![CDATA[Join me TODAY at the Huggies Costco #SnugandDryPlus Twitter Party!]]> http://www.asparkleofgenius.com/?p=9521 2014-07-18T03:07:00Z 2014-07-18T14:00:25Z   Join @MomCentral for the #SnugandDryPlus Twitter Party today at 1 PM ET for chances to win $50 Costco gift cards!   What: #SnugandDryPlus Twitter PartyWhen: Friday, July 18, 2014 from 1:00-2:00PM ETHashtag: #SnugandDryPlusModerator: @MomCentralSpecial Guest: @HuggiesPrizes: 2 pre-party winners and 6 party winners will be randomly selected to receive a $50 Costco Cash Card every ten minutes. 1 grand prize winner […]

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Join @MomCentral for the #SnugandDryPlus Twitter Party today at 1 PM ET for chances to win $50 Costco gift cards!  

What: #SnugandDryPlus Twitter Party
When: Friday, July 18, 2014 from 1:00-2:00PM ET
Hashtag: #SnugandDryPlus
Moderator: @MomCentral
Special Guest: @Huggies
Prizes: 2 pre-party winners and 6 party winners will be randomly selected to receive a $50 Costco Cash Card every ten minutes. 1 grand prize winner will receive a $150 Costco Cash Card.

Visit HERE for all the information!

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Melissa Au <![CDATA[Go Back to School in Style with LockerLookz]]> http://www.asparkleofgenius.com/?p=9551 2014-07-21T04:13:32Z 2014-07-18T06:48:59Z   I received promotional items for review from LockerLookz.  All opinions are my own. Do you ever look at a product and think, “GENIUS!  Why didn’t I think of that?”  Well that is exactly how I feel about LockerLookz.  Seriously, genius.  Who wouldn’t want to go back to school in Style with LockerLookz? I wish […]

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I received promotional items for review from LockerLookz.  All opinions are my own.

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Do you ever look at a product and think, “GENIUS!  Why didn’t I think of that?”  Well that is exactly how I feel about LockerLookz.  Seriously, genius.  Who wouldn’t want to go back to school in Style with LockerLookz? I wish they were around when I was in school because I would have had the CUTEST locker around!  With great style and selection there are sure to be adorable styles and designs that your child will LOVE!

I loved school. It was a very social thing for me.  I love joining clubs, swim team, water polo and student council.  I looked forward to going everyday and loved seeing my friends. One thing that I remembered, though, is that I was very nervous to start each new school year.  The first day of Junior High and the first day of High School were the scariest for me.  As parents, we want our kids to be happy and confident at school but sometimes it is out of our control when they climb on the school bus.  One thing that we can do, though, is help them to be ready and prepared with everything they need.  Confidence is so important and we can help them feel comfortable and confident when they start their first day at school.

My niece is starting her first day of Middle School in about one month.  I know that she has all the same nerves and concerns as I did when I was in school.  When I found out about LockerLookz I instantly thought about her and knew that having an adorable locker was one way that she could feel excited about her first day of school and gain more confidence.  I mean really, what better of a conversation starter!  LockerLookz helps you go back to school in style!

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You can visit them online to see the awesome selection and even Design Your Own Virtual Locker to see what colors and patterns you like to add together. That way you know that you love your choices before you even get them.  (although, I promise you will love them all because every option is super cute.)  The photo above shows the Locker that we designed.  I love the bright fun colors and amazing patterns. The thing that I was most concerned about is cost, but was pleasantly surprised that you can decorate your locker pretty affordably.  Naturally, the more accessories that you get, the more expensive it will be, but each piece is affordably priced.  Here are the items that we received:

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Locker Bins are affordably priced at just $5.99.  They are a great place to store your pens, pencils, erasers, or paper clips.  They are so cute with their added bling and come in 12 adorable prints and colors.  They hang easily on your locker with three magnets on the back.

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Are these flowers not so cute!  At only $3.99 they make an adorable accessory. They came in 5 colors that coordinate perfectly with LockerLookz designs.  You can mix and match or just choose one!  They are 4″ and hang with a magnet.

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Okay, seriously, this has got to be one of my favorite parts.  Why or why couldn’t they have been around when I was in school!  :)  The Plush Fur Locker Rugs are only $9.99 and are so soft and so cute.  You can choose between three solid or two print choices that coordinate perfectly.  They have a non-skid backing so they secure to the bottom of the locker.  I said it before. Genius.

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Oh my, I love it all.  Sparkly, beautiful Wallpaper.  This Wallpaper is so easy to use.  It comes with four panels. One door panel, one back panel and two side sheets that include die cut perforations that punch out to accommodate hooks commonly found in school lockers.  I just love the bright colors and patters.  The wallpaper is available in eight styles.

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The Acrylic Magnetic White boards are a must have.  There are so many things that you need to remember when you are in school, so this is a great way to keep notes.  Anything from what books you need to bring home, when you have a test, to what your homework is, you can keep organized with these White boards.  They come in six colors and have plenty of room for your to-do lists!

How will your kids Go Back to School in Style? Well, we can help!  One lucky reader will win the PERFECT back to school kit including one wallpaper, one rug, and three accessories of their choice!

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Melissa Au <![CDATA[Excited to be a Huggies Costco Ambassador #SnugandDryPlus #MC]]> http://www.asparkleofgenius.com/?p=9523 2014-07-23T15:17:57Z 2014-07-18T03:39:44Z I participated in a campaign with  Mom Central Consulting and Huggies® Brand. I received product samples for review.  All opinions are my own. I am so excited that I have been chosen to be a Huggies Costco Ambassador.  We are  regular Costco Shoppers and buy all of our babies diapers there.  We have been a Huggies®  Family for 12 years now.  I can’t […]

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I participated in a campaign with  Mom Central Consulting and Huggies® Brand. I received product samples for review.  All opinions are my own.

I am so excited that I have been chosen to be a Huggies Costco Ambassador.  We are  regular Costco Shoppers and buy all of our babies diapers there.  We have been a Huggies®  Family for 12 years now.  I can’t believe how fast that went!  It seems like yesterday I was at my baby shower with my first kid, getting my first pack of Huggies Diapers.  Four kids later and still Huggies®  is our number one diaper of choice.  I can’t even begin to imagine of how many diaper leaks Huggies®  has saved us from in a 12 year period! I’m sure it is a very impressive number! :)  Now we have our youngest in Huggies®  diapers and I am impressed by how soft and comfortable they have made them.  Especially  the Huggies® Snug & Dry Plus brand available at Costco.

I recently received both the Huggies® Snug & Dry Plus Diapers and Huggies® Natural Care® Plus Wipes to try out.  The diapers are very comfortable and are extra absorbent for day and night protection.  As parents, we all know how important that is!  Extra absorbent and comfortable?  You just can’t beat that!  It is so important that a diaper can make it all night without leaks because often our babies sleep as long as 12 hours straight.  I love that I don’t have to worry about my baby waking up wet and soggy because the Huggies® Snug & Dry Plus Diapers keep her dry all night long.  Huggies Natural Care® Plus Wipes are thicker and more durable  than Huggies Natural Care® Wipes and the perfect choice for cleaning up any mess!  And with four kids, we have lots of messes! I keep a portable pack of these wipes in my purse, because they are not just for diaper changes.  We use our wipes to clean up spills, wipe hands and faces, and more.  Just this week, we were traveling to California on vacation and my kids were eating Cheetos in the backseat (husbands fault! ;) ) I didn’t want orange cheesy finger prints all over my car, so Huggies Natural Care® Plus Wipes quickly came to my rescue! I’m sure you will love them as much as I do!

IMG_8343If you are a Costco shopper like us, they are offering a great deal right now! Huggies® Snug & Dry Plus Diapers and Huggies® Natural Care® Plus Wipes are only available at Costco. You can’t get them anywhere else! They want Costco members to have the opportunity to try these two great products out for themselves!  They are offering up an FREE sample of their Exclusive Huggies® Products!  In this sample you will receive Three Huggies® Snug & Dry Plus Diapers  and One 8 ct. pack of Huggies® Natural Care® Plus Wipes.

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To receive this offer, Costco Members – Click HERE to register for a FREE sample of the Huggies® Snug & Dry Plus and Huggies Natural Care® Plus Wipes. I would recommend registering fast because they have a limited number of samples each day starting today July 17th through July 26, 2014.  If you aren’t able to get a sample today, come back and try again tomorrow!  Note: You must be a Costco member to get a sample and limit 1 sample per household.

The Huggies® Snug & Dry Plus brand is available only at Costco. For more information follow Huggies and Costco on Twitter.

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