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Back to School Sweepstakes from @shamrockfarms #shamrockatwalmart

This summer, Shamrock Farms launched its protein-packed, on-the-go regular, chocolate and strawberry milk in Walmart’s nationwide. To celebrate the expanded distribution, Shamrock Farms wants to help one lucky family start the school year right. Roxie’s Ultimate Back-To-School sweepstakes offers one winner a mega-shopping spree worth nearly $5,000 ($4,999).

Shamrock Farms Reduced Fat Chocolate Milk

Shamrock Farms is one of the largest family-owned and operated dairies in the United States, and it hosts its own herd of more than 10,000 traditional and organic milking cows at a state-of-the-art farm in Stanfield, Arizona – just 54 miles from their Phoenix processing plant. They are committed to never treat their cows with the growth hormone rBST and their products do not contain High Fructose Corn Syrup.

Shamrock Farms Chocolate Milk

Prizes include Walmart gift cards to help stock up on school supplies, groceries and a new wardrobe. The sweepstakes is open to people ages 18 and older, no purchase necessary and open until August 20, 2015. To enter, visit www.shamrockfarms.net/walmart.

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Humble Hometown Heroes #shareyourhero

Thanks to MRS. FIELDS® for making this post possible.  All opinions are my own.

A hero is defined as a person noted for feats of courage or nobility of purpose, especially one who has risked or sacrificed his or her life.  I want to tell you about a couple of my heroes.  I met Pastors Norm and Marcella at Pizza Hut in 1992.  They are humble hometown heroes if ever there were one, and the nobility in their purpose is a shining light for their entire community to see.

Pastors Norm and Marcella Wilfong

I was a waitress, and their family often came into our restaurant after church on Wednesday evenings.  For the most part, the waitresses hated waiting on the after church crowd.  The exception to the rule was Pastors Norm and Marcella and their crowd.  Yes, crowd.  They had twelve kids of their own (many of whom were foster placements) and they typically had a few extras with them.  While their group was large, they were always well mannered, and you could count on a generous tip at the end of their meal.  The waitresses would literally argue over who got to wait on their table, and I confess, I pulled rank more than once.

It hardly seems possible that I have known this family for 23 years.  In those 23 years, I have come to love and appreciate them far more than I ever thought possible.

Pastors Norm and Marcella have served the under-privileged in their community through a food pantry ministry for over thirty years. I have served with them at the pantry for nearly seven years.  The depth of character, compassion, and conviction I’ve seen them demonstrate is nothing short of admirable.  Whether it’s Pastor Norm vacuuming the pantry carpet for the eleventy billionth time, or Pastor Marcella explaining how to fill out a pantry application to a new patron, their example of servant leadership is inspiring.  It is is both a privilege and an honor to work side by side with these two as they serve the community.

Share your hero @thatbaldchick

This year, Mrs. Fields® is searching for America’s hometown heroes to appear on future boxes of Mrs. Fields® cookies.  I will be submitting Pastors Norm and Marcella’s photo.  You can share your stories and enter the contest at www.mrsfieldsmoments.com   AS A PROUD SUPPORTER OF THE USO, MRS. FIELDS® IS DONATING 25,000 COOKIES TO OUR HEROES IN UNIFORM.  There are two new flavors of Mrs. Fields® cookies – Dark Chocolate Oatmeal and Butter Pecan Praline – which are absolutely yummy.

Follow @cookiemoment on twitter, @cookiemoments on Instagram, and Mrs Fields Cookies on Facebook to see and share your hometown heroes!

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Walmart and Pampers Support Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals

Thanks to P&G for making this post possible.  All opinions are my own.

There is nothing quite like the feelings that roll over a mother when she has to watch a surgery team wheel her baby down the hall, and away from her, for surgery.  When Mister was just ten months old, he had to have surgery to have bilatateral nasolacrimal stints, bilateral ear tubes, and a right inguinal hernia repair.  My little guy was getting worked over by the surgical team!  Allowing him to be placed under anesthesia was nerve wracking.  Knowing that three surgeons would be working on him was mind boggling.  Knowing that all three surgeons had reworked their entire surgery schedules so that my little guy only had to go under anesthesia once, instead of three times, was heart working.  That’s the heart of a Children’s Miracle Network hospital, though.  They are at heart hospitals helping kids.  By helping kids, they are also helping us parents.

Mister has had quite a few surgeries since that day, most recently in February. We’d hoped to replace his ear tubes, which we thought were blocked, in effort to improve his hearing.

Mister surgery Feb 2015

Unfortunately, his ear canals had actually scarred closed, so the surgeon was unable to place the tubes.  As the surgeon informed me that he was unable to do the procedure as planned, he literally wept and apologized as he hugged me.  Now we are exploring our options, and another surgery looms in our future.

Watching my son be wheeled away to surgery has never gotten easier.  I do, however, find comfort in knowing just how much our surgeons actually care for my son, and in turn care for our family.

Children's Miracle Network Hospitals

10 millions kids, many like my son, are treated in Children’s Miracle Network hospitals yearly.  Every day, Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals treat 2329 children for surgery in addition to the 16,000 kids they treat for trauma, nearly 1000 for Diabetes, over 2000 for cancer, and nearly 1000 babies in the NICU.  Every day.

It’s staggering to think about, isn’t it?  With numbers like that, what can we possibly do to help?

Walmart and Pampers are donating $200,000 to CMNH in June of 2015, and you can help by purchasing Pampers products at Walmart and supporting the Children’s Miracle Network.

Visit Walmart.com/cmnh for more information and to make your own donation.

  • Your support helps provide 32 million patient visits for 10 million kids every year
  • One in 10 kids in North America is treated by Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals each year
  • Every day, member hospitals treat 16,000 children in emergency rooms
  • Every hour, member hospitals provide surgery for 97 children
  • U.S. members hospitals provided $3.4 billion in charity care in 2012

Enter to win a $25 Walmart Gift Card on the That Bald Chick facebook page.

 

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Must have Outdoor Toys for Summer

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Summer is here and if your kids are anything like my kids, you’ve heard the phrase, “MOM, I’m bored” more than we’d like to admit. It’s important to set our kids up for success during the summer months. Maybe they are bored, which is why stocking up on these must have outdoor toys for summer might be the answer to their boredom woes.

SeeSaw

Growing up, one of my favorite toys was the SeeSaw and my kids love the seesaw at the playground.  Given the crazy heat, the walk to the playground is not something that we can do a lot.  Wondering if my kids would love their own seesaw, we gave the Durable Weather-Resistant Metal Spinning Seesaw a whirl and they fell in love!

This spinning seesaw from Hearthstrong is a must have for summer! @thatbaldchick

Here are some of the reasons we fell in love:

  • It goes up-‘n’-down and spins around! Children never tire of this exhilarating ride that combines seesaw fun with the motion of a carousel.
  • Made from durable weather-resistant metal, it features a three-legged base for stability, and handlebars for a safe ride.
  • Kids 3-6 can use it as a traditional seesaw; with a minor adjustment, can add a thrilling 360-degree spin to their ride. Stakes are included to secure the ride to the ground. Adult supervision and assembly required.

Nothing beats listening to the squeals of delight that comes from whirling around on a seesaw!

Trampoline

There’s nothing else quite like a trampoline out there. Bouncing on a trampoline can create hours and hours of fun, plus it’s exercise. This is an investment that will also last for many years to come.  The Jump Pod Trampoline and Enclosure from Hearthsong is a great option for kids age 6 and up. Be sure to follow safety precautions so that on one gets hurt.

Jump Pod Trampoline and Enclosure from Hearthsong

Flying Disc Golf Set

If your kids are looking for a bit of a challenge this summer to help defeat the boredom, perhaps a flying disc golf set is just what they need. This is an awesome game for the summer months because the kids can play by themselves or with the parents. It’s really a family game that everyone can enjoy. It may take a few moments to explain the rules, but once that is done it is all fun from there.

Flying Disc Golf Set from Hearthsong

Ogo Sports Fun

Something we’ve discovered in the past is Ogo Sports fun. They literally have the best toys for outdoor fun. There are tons of different toys from Ogo, anything from active play to construction. You choose what your kids will enjoy playing with and go from there!

Ogo Sports Fun from Hearthsong

Swing Set

Who doesn’t love an old fashioned swing set? If you can get your hands on one, and it’s in the budget, this is the perfect toy for the kids to enjoy over the summer. It’s a great filler activity for the whole clan and a great way for kids to get their exercise.

Summer is the time for kids to have fun and enjoy the outdoors. This list of outdoor toys for summer will help make fun a reality!

 

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Patriotic Cones

The Fourth of July has long been one of my favorite holidays.  When I was a kids, the Fourth meant Family Reunion.  Our entire extended family would converge on my Grandpa’s plot of land in southern Illinois, and it was a blast.  Barbecue, fireworks (sometimes between family members), and fun made for many memorable moments.  This year, we’ll be going to a family reunion again, and I can’t wait!  Whether you’re celebrating with just a few or with the entire extended family with third and fourth cousins and their youngins, these simple, fun and easy to make, Patriotic Cones are sure to be a hit.  Make them ahead of time to serve cold treats in, or bring the fixins and let the kids have a great time decorating their own red, white, and blue cone!

Make these fun Patriotic Cones with the kids! Details @thatbaldchick

INGREDIENTS
Ice cream sugar cones
Ice cream cake cones
Vanilla almond bark
Sprinkles and colored sugar crystals

DIRECTIONS
1.   Melt 1/4 cup of vanilla almond bark in the microwave for 90 seconds and stir.
2.   Spoon the melted vanilla around the top of each ice cream cone and immediately cover with sprinkles.
3.   NOTE: the almond bark cools rather quickly so you may have to reheat the vanilla if you have a lot of cones to decorate, otherwise the sprinkles will not stick to the cone.
4.   Let set for 20 minutes.
5.   Enjoy!

(if you’re going to be celebrating outdoors, you may want to keep these cooled before serving them up)

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