Help Make a Difference and Round Up at JCPenney

I participated in this campaign on behalf of Mom Central Consulting for Boys & Girls Clubs of America. I received a promotional item as a thank you for participating.”
I'm so excited to announce that I'm a Boys & Girls Club Back-to-School ambassador! I'm thrilled to have this opportunity to share some information on ways you can round up your family's back to school purchases and help make a difference for children this new school year.

How it works: JCPenney has partnered with (BGCA) for the month of July for the "JCPenney Cares Round Up Campaign". This campaign is perfect because you can simply round up your purchases at JCPenney to the nearest dollar and 100% of that round up will go straight to Boys & Girls Clubs across the country and will help keep those amazing after school programs running. If you're buying clothing and supplies for your family at JCPenney you should round up your purchase and help make a difference. I love these types of campaigns because just a small amount can go so far when we all do our part.

Why should you Round Up your JCPenney Purchase? 
Each year (BGCA) serves nearly 4 million young people through membership and community outreach. They offer a safe place for children during non-school hours and during the Summer break. Every club is run by paid, trained youth development professionals. What this means for my local community is we have wonderful basketball programs for children of all ages, and no child is turned away because they can't afford it. I used to love going to watch my cousin play basketball at our local Boys Club, and to see the pride on his face when his team would win a game. The club had such a positive atmosphere that you couldn't help but feel happy for all the children who participate.

To learn more about this fun program and (BGCA) please visit thier  Back to School page 
or follow (BGCA) on Facebook.
 Be sure to Round Up all your purchases at JCPenney today to help Boys & Girls Clubs across the country!

Sponsored: Headfirst! Expert Advice on Lice – A New Head Lice Resource for Parents

The below content is sponsored by Sanofi Pasteur’s Headfirst! Expert Advice on Lice campaign
on behalf of Mom Central Consulting . I received a promotional item as a thank you for

It’s summer and with that comes camp season. Kids playing in close quarters may lead to a common hard-to-treat problem: head lice. If your child brings home an extra louse house guest (or two) after camp, stay calm and know there are resources available to help. Headfirst! Expert Advice on Lice is an educational website created by head lice experts (and moms) for other moms, families and communities to learn about head lice—what they are, what they look like and how to treat them.

The site offers a variety of tools including:
· The How to Lose the Lice Guide, with a handy checklist to save time and reduce stress when battling head lice
· The Headfirst! Lice Experience video allows you to choose your experience, whether it be you’re not sure you have lice, or you just want to get rid of them:

So if you’re trying to get rid of head lice post-camp, or a parent who always likes to be prepared for next season, visit Headfirst! Expert Advice on Lice for more information.

Big Savings On Tickets

With a guitar playing husband we love going to concerts, but sometimes just buying 2 tickets can really break our budget. Check out this really awesome way to save on buying tickets to the shows you want to go to. This is an affiliate post, see my disclosure to find out more. 

ScoreBig is the place to save this summer on sports, concert and theater tickets without paying any fees or shipping charges for the privilege. ScoreBig’s tickets are below box office price and 100% guaranteed. In exchange for great tickets at great prices, at ScoreBig, you do things a little differently. They don't tell you what to pay, you much you save is up to you. So check out ScoreBig to save up to 60% on tickets!

Save $10 off your first purchase when you sign up for our savings alert! No minimum purchase! 

He Read My Mind! Magic Jinn Review

I received this toy free for the purpose of review.
All views and opinions are my own honest evaluations.
The Mommy Island is not responsible for prize fulfillment. See Disclosure.
When it comes to games my family loves them all. We just can't get enough play time whether it's a video game, board game or fun games made for one we have a blast. We have several games that are meant for one player, but we like to sit and watch each other play. I was reading about Magic Jinn from Hasbro, and how this little creature will try to read your mind like magic and I thought we just have to get one! I was thrilled to learn we would receive one for this review. Our Magic Jinn arrived in his fun package and required some batteries. The Booper couldn't wait to get Magic Jinn ready to play!

Open - Book Giveaway

This is a sponsored giveaway. I received a free signed copy of this book in exchange for hosting this giveaway. The Mommy Island is not responsible for prize fulfillment. See Disclosure.
I feel I'm very open with everyone all the time, I tend to be an over sharer at times. I'm still excited to have the opportunity to read this book for myself and give all my readers the chance to win it too. Read a little more about Open and play the blog app quiz to see just how open you really are! I discovered I'm 68% open. Find out where you rank and enter for a chance to win a signed copy of Open. Good Luck! 

Coconut and Pecan Dream Cake Recipe

Oh my GOODness!!! There's nothing like a little taste from home and this moist and delicious cake will remind you of grandma's house. Perfect for a family gathering or just a delicious desert for the family!
But be warned…. You may be asked to bring this cake to every family function! Delicious recipe and directions below.

You Nailed It! -Beauty Giveaway

The Mommy Island is so excited to join up with  Life of a Mad Typer and some amazing bloggers and bring our readers this fun beauty giveaway offering up some awesome shades of nail polish from essie! I personally love the Shake your Money Maker shade of green! Which color is your favorite? Enter for a chance to win all four shades below. Good Luck! 

Terrific Tostadas with Wholly Guacamole

I received the guacamole mentioned below free for the purpose of review. All views and opinions are my own honest evaluations. See Disclosure.

Hi everyone! Today I'm so excited to be writing about one of my favorite power foods. Guacamole! When I was younger I was always a chicken when it came to trying new foods. I watched people eating green guacamole and I was disgusted. I didn't try guacamole for the first time until I was in my twenties. I always ordered my food with no guacamole, and one day at my favorite Mexican restaurant they delivered my dish with guacamole. They were so busy I just figured I would scrape it off and enjoy. My friends teased me and told me I should try it. I dipped the tip of my fork into the guacamole, and touched it to my tongue. To my amazement it wasn't that bad, so I tasted a little more. That day I ended up eating every last bite, and learning that I actually love guacamole.  A while back as I was shopping at our local Walmart I noticed this package of pre-made guacamole called Wholly Guacamole and decided to give it a try. It was so delicious I was able to make my own dishes taste as good as my favorites from the restaurants. Now I have the chance to review and share about Wholly Guacamole here at The Mommy Island!

Want to Contribute to The Mommy Island?

This island is growing! I'm currently seeking highly active, self motivated people looking to be a contributor here at The Mommy Island or one of it's partner sites. Seeking passionate foodie writers, product review specialists and crafters. If you feel you would be a perfect fit for any of these positions please carefully read and fill out the document below to apply. You do not have to be a blogger to apply, but if you are that's cool too!
We will be going over all applicants when we return from Blogher in Chicago. We can't wait to read about you and what you have to offer!

Bright Idea for Shaded Play

I received the Pop Up Sun Shade mentioned here free for the purpose of review, all views and opinions are my own honest evaluations. Sponsor is responsible for prize fulfillment. See Disclosure.

We're so delighted to have the chance to review another great toy from Schylling. With Summer in full swing every kid I know is running out to play from sun up to sun down. I love that our Booper is one of those kids who can't get enough outside play time. He is always begging to play outside, and when it's time to go in he cries for just a few more minutes of play. I'm all for him getting as much time outside as possible playing outside is great for children and their development. Recently the Toy Industry Association Inc. listed their Top 6 Tips for Safe Summer Play with keeping bodies protected from sun and heat as number 4 on the list. While I grew up with very fair skin I now have too many freckles to count, so I'm a fanatic about skin protection when it comes to the Booper. The Booper loves to wear hats, and sunblock is a part of our outside play routine, but he absolutely loves this cool Pop Up Outdoor Sun Shade from Schylling.

Free Disney PLANES Printables

Fly on over and grab these free printable pages from Disney and get ready to soar to great heights of fun! Design your own airplane or play some fun airplane B-I-N-G-O! These fun printables are perfect for those extra hot days when your kids are needing something fun to do in the shade. The Booper is so excited for the upcoming release of Disney's PLANES flying to theaters everywhere August 9th!

Download Race to the Finish! Activities

Superior Source #MissionGiveaway

Hello everyone! Guess what? It's a new week and time for another fabulous giveaway from Mission Giveaway! This week our sponsor is giving away prize packages valued at over $300. Including vitamins for Women, Men and Children this prize is perfect for your whole family! Read all about our sponsor Superior Source and enter for your chance to win below. Good Luck!

Disney's Saving Mr. Banks Trailer

I grew up loving Disney's Marry Poppins and I'm so delighted to offer you the first chance look at Disney's upcoming Saving Mr. Banks. I never knew there was a back story behind Mary Poppins, and I can't wait to watch Saving Mr. Banks to learn more. This looks to be another heart warming Disney movie that will probably find it's way into my home collection! Enjoy the trailer below. ;

Fresh is Best-eKoffee Review and Giveaway

Anything Goes Giveaway Hop

Welcome to the Anything Goes Giveaway Hop

This event is hosted by The Review Wire and Review Wire Media. This hop is dedicated to...anything! I'm giving away delicious fresh roasted coffee, and all participating blogs have a giveaway of at least $20 so hop down the list to see what they have in store for you. Make sure to also check out the Grand Prize over at The Review Wire and enter to win a pair of Bluebuds X Headphones from Jaybird, a retail value of $170! Read what I think of eKoffee below and enter for a chance to win some deliciousness!

I received the fresh roasted coffee mentioned here free for the purpose of review, all views and opinions are my own honest evaluations. Sponsor is responsible for prize fulfillment. See Disclosure. 

$25 iTunes Giveaway

Your Strong Tower and a great group of bloggers are excited to bring our fans this fantastic giveaway from! One lucky winner will receive a $25 iTunes gift card!
If you love adding cute smileys and sometimes sad faces to your emails and social media posts then you're going to love MyEmoticons. They have the face for every emotion and the best part it's-FREE! How nice of them to sponsor this fun event for our readers! Learn more about MyEmoticons and enter for a chance to win the $25 iTunes gift card below. Good Luck! 

5 Ways to Save on Scrapbooking Supplies

Being the certified scrapaholic that I am, even when I don't have time to scrapbook I enjoy seeing the new tools and supplies that come out in stores. I used to have a problem buying up supplies left and right and I discovered there were certain embellishments I loved to buy, but would never use. Buttons. I do love them. They are so adorable-cute as a button! Except when it comes to creating my scrapbook layouts and making my pages for an album. I never use the buttons. I now know and recognize that I love to actually use brads and eyelets. For me they are just easier to attach and way more useful in my opinion. Which brings me to the first way to save on scrapbooking supplies.

Dreaming of Paris? Enter to Win!

Have you been dreaming of a trip to Paris? Now is your chance to enter for a chance to win the trip your dreams are made of. If you're looking to experience Paris and all it's glamour then let me present this fabulous event sponsored by LD Products. One lucky winner will receive, 5 nights at the Banke Hotel ParisRoundtrip Airfare to Paris for two1,000 Euros, plus Guided Tours! Ooh la la!- a romantic trip for two. Would this be the honeymoon you never had or perhaps a second honeymoon? Either way you don't miss getting your entries for this awesome vacation prize package. Open for entry July 8, 2013- July 29, 2013. 
Enter here for a chance to win the Paris Trip!

Fun With A Flag On Top - Lincoln Logs Review

I received this toy free for review, all views and opinions are my own honest evaluations. See Disclosure.
If you judge a toy by it's enduring quality and it's lasting fun, then nothing can stack up to Lincoln Logs. As a child I played with a set of Lincoln Logs and I remember how fun it was to stack them up and build what was a mansion in my eyes. When we received this Horseshoe Hill Station play set for review all those fun memories came flooding back to me. Excitedly tearing into the package I realized I should probably let my son play with them first. I was a good mommy and handed them over to let the Booper. He had a chance to experience the joy of building on his own before I jumped in and we built the station together.

You're Invited To The Learning Party!

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Well Lola Panda is at it again. She's having an ABC Party and you're all invited to attend! Lola is an adorable Panda featured in several fun and educational games created by BeiZ studio. Today launches Lola's newest game ABC Party and you're on the guest list. Join Lola and friends for a party where learning all the letters is fun. Teaching children letter sounds, shapes, and how to use letters in words Lola keeps kids excited about learning. The Booper was so excited just watching the video teaser for this game I'm thinking I will need to download Lola and friends for him to join the party on my tablet.

*Exclusive* Disney's Delivery Man Trailer

I'm so excited to be one of the 533 bloggers chose by Disney to premier this trailer for Delivery Man. I was not compensated for this post, but I was excited to share with you since I think this looks like a fun heart warming comedy. Enjoy watching the trailer, and plan to watch Delivery Man in theaters November 22.

In the film, Vince Vaughn plays an affable underachiever looking for his purpose in life, when he finds out he’s fathered 533 children through anonymous donations to a fertility clinic 20 years ago. Now he must decide whether or not to come forward when 142 of them want to meet their biological father. See fun pictures from the movie and watch the trailer below. 

Fixico a Mission Giveaway

Keeping up with PC maintenance can be a big chore, and can be very stressful if you don't know what you're doing. Our sponsor this week is Fixico, and they want to help you keep things simple. Read more about the service they offer and enter for a chance to win 1 Full Year of Automated PC Maintenance from Fixico!

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