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Five Cool Unique Games Are Awaiting Your Little Ones to Enjoy and Learn at the Same Time!

Preschool Games for Kids 2 was developed as a kids educational gaming tool for parents to help their children learn new skills while playing. Through spelling, phonics, abc learning and recognition and learn color games, kids will develop new skills for kindergarten or preschool. Five cool unique games are awaiting your little ones to enjoy and learn at the same time! Preschool Games for Kids 2 – ABC Learning App made from parents, for parents! 👶 

9 Things Every Parent with an Anxious Child Should Try

“My child will not respond to any techniques he’s learned when he’s in the middle of an anxiety or panic attack.”

“Anger is something that we’re dealing with at home as a result of anxiety.”

“I’m afraid to say my son’s anxiety is triggering my own anxiety. Is that typical? I feel horrible we’re making each other worse.”

These are some the questions Renee Jain, Founder of GoZen! Anxiety Relief Programs, will answer during her LIVE masterclass, 9 Things Every Parent with an Anxious Child Should Try. Join Renee this Wednesday, February 17th @ 4pm EST for the one-hour live masterclass with Q&A. Grab a spot www.gozen.com/masterclass/!worriedaboutheirworry_findout2

White Hot Review: TARA THUNDERBOLT & the Sky Dancer Cat

51xFCQaXj8L._SX343_BO1,204,203,200_MotherStucker APPROVED YA read! Perry Birney’s children/young adult novel, TARA THUNDERBOLT and the Sky Dancer Cat is available in both PRINT and eBOOK editions on Amazon.com. “Back to School” reading assignments won’t start until at least mid-September, so why not ENJOY a story of your choosing now?

Fresh from the Amazon.com description:

“TARA BLAIR needs some answers. Why is school such a drag and the principal out to get her? What happened to her father–do people just disappear like that? And what’s going on with this mysterious black cat that suddenly showed up at her window?

Little does Tara know she’s about to find out when she enters into a mystical world and meets a Sky Dancer, a powerful guardian of the earth, who sends her on an incredible journey of discovery. Tara goes from fighting off bullies in school to battling shadowy men bent on stealing everything they can, not caring who they hurt or what they destroy. But Tara doesn’t have to face them on her own for long. She makes new friends who are just as determined to straighten out the mess clueless adults have created.

Can someone so young really make a difference? The answer comes when Tara learns who she really is . . . A Light Warrior with a Secret Mission to Save the Planet!”

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MotherStucker’s Foolproof Back to School 2015: Scratch Off Happy Lunchnotes

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Get YOUR kit: 25, 50, 75 or 100! XO, MotherStucker

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Say No to Halloween Hair with #SalonDuck

Disclaimer: This post is sponsored by Aflac. I was compensated for writing it, but all opinions are 100 percent mine.

Watching the new Aflac #SalonDuck commercial got this MotherStucker thinking about my own past hairdo epic fails.  I aimed to go Ginger once but ended up nonuniform shades of pink. The most recent hairdo blunder occurred when my family & I moved 450+ miles south mid-summer 2013.  I needed a trim but didn’t have a new stylist yet.  It was HOT. HUMID too.  In a moment of heat related desperation I accepted my husband’s offer to cut my hair.  Hubby is a mechanical engineer (if you are looking for clear reasoning as to why I thought this was an acceptable idea, you aren’t going to find it…. Did I mention it was hot?) & he obviously was tired of hearing me fuss. He grabbed the electric clipper/trimmer & gave me the Miley Cyrus right on our front porch.

The look did come in handy (only) for Halloween 2013! 1398805_10202521238058029_128621841_o

Aren’t looking to permanently sport the “Miley” look? Me neither! Here are a few of MotherStucker’s tried & true hair styling tips:

♦Seek professional help!

Don’t let your hubby be your hairstylist unless he is a professional stylist. This also applies to all other relatives.  Find a stylist you aren’t related to.  You’ll thank me later 😉

♦Consider going short!

If you hate it, hang out for a bit. Hair grows! I sported long hair the first half of my life & short hair for the last couple decades.  Short hair gives a gal instant style & is easy for daily maintenance.

♦Give your hair “off” days!

You don’t have to tell this MotherStucker twice.  Go a day without washing, fixing, fussing, etc. Handle your hair on those days with a headband, scarf, bobby pins, etc.  Try this on days that start with S & end with Y.

♦Check out the Aflac #SalonDuck for yourself:

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  • A lot of insurance companies talk about how much money they’ll save policyholders on premiums, but people buy insurance to get paid when they need to file a claim. Aflac understands that claims matter and that it’s important to be there for their policyholders when they need it most.

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About Aflac

  • In the United States, Aflac is the leading provider of voluntary insurance at the work site. Aflac is different from health insurance; it’s insurance for daily living.
  • Aflac pays cash benefits quickly and directly to you, unless otherwise assigned, to help with out-of-pocket expenses when you’re sick or hurt. The benefits are predetermined and paid regardless of any other insurance you have.
  • Supplemental insurance policies such as accident, critical illness and cancer help protect workers from high out-of-pocket costs that major medical insurance was never designed to cover.
  • Many supplemental insurance policies pay cash benefits that can be used for everyday living expenses like groceries, child care, rent or parking at the hospital.

If supplemental insurance policies are not part of your health plan, it may be worth approaching your employer to ask for them. Learn more at:

Disclosure: This review and giveaway was made possible by iConnect Influencer Management & Aflac. I was compensated for my participation in this campaign, but all opinions are 100% mine.

Summer Silly! How to Survive an Extended Stay Hotel (Part IV)

Less than 2 years ago I moved 450+ miles south into a hotel just like Shocantelle — (waiting for construction to be completed at MotherStucker Headquarters) — For 6 weeks with the entire fam. Trust me, it was not as glamorous as it sounds! I’m looking back & giggling a bit (funny now, not so much then!) so I’m inclined to share. Check out the video above for the spot on “Extended Stay Guest” Laura Bell Bundy 😉

(Originally published July, 2013)
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The picture above was taken during one of my last few days at the Extended Stay Hotel. Remember offensive laundry gal from post II? This time she outdid herself. She upped the anty & elevated my frustration level by abandoning her position as Dryer Dictator meanwhile promoting herself to Poolchair Princess.

Said Extended Stay Hotel has 240 guest rooms & 1 very small swimming pool. The pool area is equipped with exactly 6 lounge chairs, 14 table chairs, 2 tables & 1 shade umbrella.

On this particular day Poolchair Princess & her kids are sitting at a table occupying 6 chairs complete with the only shade umbrella. Poolchair Princess has her wet laundry covering the remaining table, 8 table chairs & 4 lounge chairs. This left exactly 2 lounge chairs only for all the other hotel guests. I was so horrified that I pulled out my IPAD & with the exuberance of a Hollywood Paparazzi lunatic captured the above photo for your viewing pleasure. I also might have (loudly) mumbled something about half a mile of available pool fencing that would be ideal for drying clothes without infringing on other hotel guests’ pool seating space… (Rant/ramble)…

If staying at a hotel for an extended amount of time do yourself a favor & allow your fellow hotel guests full use of the hotel laundry facilities by drycleaning your clothing. Here are some tips from drycleaningtips.com to make the best of the situation!

1. Quality knows quality. The best clothing store in town can recommend the best dry cleaner in town.

2. Yes, they use perchloroethylene (perc). It’s a probable carcinogen, but it’s the best thing we have right now. If you can smell it on your clothes, they weren’t cleaned correctly.

3. If we’re charging you premium rates, please… Let us sew that button on.

4. Things happen. We’ve heard stories about dry cleaners who borrow a customer’s dress for a weekend. But we’re sure they return it clean.

With that said, MotherStucker is making my CLEAN BREAK OUT of the Extended Stay Hotel.  Catch later Shocantelle! XOXO, MotherStucker  😉

Mother to Mother: Pet Alert Emergency Information System

Every year thousands of pets are injured, lost or killed during home emergencies or automobile accidents. Why such high numbers? Emergency rescue workers unanimously cite the “time element” as a critical factor in the race to save lives, both human & animals. In emergency situations, time is of the utmost importance.

If proper & accurate information is not available in an easily accessible format at the scene of the tragedy, then there is an increased likelihood that a trapped or unconscious pet will go unnoticed.

Also very sad are the stories of pets that die in their home from dehydration & malnutrition because their owners were victims of accident or medical emergency, & the hospital or police had no clue that there were animals left home alone.

It’s not that pet owners are uncaring in leaving their animals open to potential jeopardy. Rather, most people simply do not fully appreciate how much the animals depend on their human caregivers for their very existence.

Pet Alert’s mission is to help pet owners understand that if an accident befalls them, they should not expect their neighbors or even their relatives to remember that there is a pet trapped alone in the home, but to realize that responsibility lies with them.

What these emergency workers need is a system that could be trusted as up-to-date and accurate as possible. They needed to know what type of pets were in the house, auto or recreational vehicle, how many animals, what location or room, health issues, phone contacts and owners’ names as well as pet’s names.

The information should also be readable in poor visibility, and through a firefighter’s air mask. It cannot be stationary, attached to a window pane. “Firefighters do not have time during an emergency to write any information down,” one rescue worker told me. “They have better things to do.”

What is needed is a complete emergency information system, not just a sticker or a hard to reach information card, but to have a system of the “right information in all the right places”, covering the pets in many types of emergency situations.

The Pet Alert Doorknob Hanger with the Vital information Card and Photos is the system; it is easily accessible, visible, has all the vital and pertinent information about the animals and the owner inside the home, so no information is given to strangers. Plus it is portable and can be taken with the animals, if evacuation is needed.

The Pet Alert Auto Mirror Tag, RV Dashboard Placard and Pet Owner’s Wallet Card, all carry the same up-to-date information to help first responders to know what type of pet they are dealing with, in an emergency outside the home, and who they can contact to care for the animal in case of injury or death of the pet owner. Get your own Pet Alert Emergency Information System at www.petalert.com!

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Summer Silly! How to Survive an Extended Stay Hotel (Part III)

Less than 2 years ago I moved 450+ miles south into a hotel just like Shocantelle — (waiting for construction to be completed at MotherStucker Headquarters) — For 6 weeks with the entire fam. Trust me, it was not as glamorous as it sounds! I’m looking back & giggling a bit (funny now, not so much then!) so I’m inclined to share. Stay tuned this month for posts to come as I mentally “checked out” around week 4! Check out the video above for the spot on “Extended Stay Guest” Laura Bell Bundy 😉

(Originally published July, 2013)

Good news OtherStuckers! I’m more than halfway through my stay and am learning an incredible amount about my fellow guests! I have met some of the nicest people I’ve ever encountered as well as some insanely bizarre characters. Monday through Friday at an extended stay hotel is fairly quiet with low guest traffic. Weekends are an entirely different story. Friday afternoons I have been known to sit in the lobby and await the weekend visitors with the anticipation of a kid on Christmas morning! Here are some of my favorites to date! image

-The Red Business Backpacks:
Every member of this crew is tall, thin, courteous and so intelligent it shows in their outward appearance. Each member wears a red backpack at ALL times that appears to hold a laptop computer and other assorted electronic equipment. I have no idea what they do or why they are here but it seems very “Men In Black”esque… I probably have already said too much.
-The Lacrosse Team:
Four teams of pre-teenage boys arrived with sticks and balls galore. I sighed and braced for late nights of hotel hallway game noises and boy smells. Much to my surprise the boys were extremely well-behaved. The lacrosse parents however came to party! I witnessed “40 Something Dads” doing things I would expect to see in a “Girls Gone Wild” video. I can’t lie, I was sad to see the Lacrosse team go.
-The Wedding Party:
The night before the wedding party arrived the hotel posted “Noise Policy” updates at every entrance, under guest doors, in the elevators and at the check-in desk. I could hardly wait to see who would arrive! My right eyebrow stayed perfectly lifted in disbelief all weekend when I realized the wedding party were a devoutly religious family from the East Coast. They were lovely and failed miserably at providing the level of entertainment to which I have grown accustomed.
-The Shirtless Cowboy:
I’m not sure where he parks his horse, but every Friday evening he rolls in to the extended stay hotel. He sits on the hotel patio talking on his phone, smoking cigarettes in a cowboy hat and a pair of jeans. Don’t get excited — this is not the sort of cowboy you would wish to see shirtless — or on your patio for that matter. He also enjoyed the Lacrosse team too much. Mama’s don’t let your baby’s grow up to be cowboys!

Summer Silly! How to Survive an Extended Stay Hotel (Part II)

Less than 2 years ago I moved 450+ miles south into a hotel just like Shocantelle — (waiting for construction to be completed at MotherStucker Headquarters) — For 6 weeks with the entire fam. Trust me, it was not as glamorous as it sounds! I’m looking back & giggling a bit (funny now, not so much then!) so I’m inclined to share. Stay tuned this month for posts to come as I mentally “checked out” around week 4! Check out the video above for the spot on “Extended Stay Guest” Laura Bell Bundy 😉

(Originally published July, 2013)

Tomorrow marks the first week completed in the Extended Stay Hotel! I’m not going to lie — housekeeping and a hot breakfast are fantastic — but this “homeless” in a hotel experience is not for the faint of heart. Last night I nearly lost my MotherStucker mind in the hotel laundry room. Here are some Laundry Edition tips to ease your experience:
1. Be mindful on the time your washer takes to complete a cycle. My extended stay hotel has 3 washers for guests and one particular guest decided to use all 3 washers at once and then leave her wet clothes for hours after their cycle completed.
2. At this point may I suggest you attempt to use the laundry facilities as early in the day as possible? Many extended stay hotel guests leave during the day for work/errands which is likely to free up the laundry room. Likewise, starting your laundry late in the day may lead to an all night experience if you encounter another guest who happens to be pulling a stunt like #1 (Above).
3. Be mindful of the time you dryer takes to complete a cycle. My extended stay hotel has 3 dryers for guests and one particular guest decided to use all 3 dryers at once and then leave her wet clothes for hours after their cycle was complete. Yes, OtherStuckers it needs RE-stated. After the hours the original dry cycle was completed she actually decided to try another cycle for all 3 dryers. Sigh. Your personal (wet) clothing items held hostage in an extended stay hotel laundry room is entirely uncool.
4. Note folding areas: Counter Space in the laundry or even your own hotel room bed? The hood of the washer or dryer aren’t great places to fold your laundry (especially late at night) (as other MotherStuckers are desperately trying to launder their own garments).
5. Research nearby full service laundry facilities…… 😉

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Healthy Built Homes provides a free & easy to use price quote service to help YOU find approved builders, contractors & businesses that offer a range of services to suit YOUR needs. Whether you’re looking for an energy audit, insulation installers or want to have an entire house built, Healthy Built Homes is here to assist you.

Check out the wealth of advice & information on green building/eco-friendly practices, renewable building resources & tips on running an energy efficient home.

By using energy saving products & sustainable building practices YOU will have the peace of mind that YOUR home is safe & healthy/eco-friendly. Save valuable resources plus save money on your energy bills! XOXO, MotherStucker 😉 hbhabout

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Get IN on all the goodies from BackCountry.com at incredible savings when YOU use http://www.rebateszone.com/backcountryhttp://coupongoo.com/! BackCountry.com provides all major brands like The Northface,Black Diamond, Acorn, Adidas & more.  Every day, Backcountry.com offers at least one new sale for YOU to indulge in. No matter what you are looking for, climbing rope to snowboards, YOU will find several discounts to be taken advantage of! XOXO, MotherStucker  😉

Simple Seat Cover

We all know how great it is to work out or go the beach, however the wet car seats on the drive home? Not so much. Everyone knows that a towel is the best way to keep seats dry & provide protection for your car seats, however using a towel can be so annoying when it continually falls down/won’t stay in place.

The Simple Seat cover makes the protection of your seats easy & affordable. Simply grab a towel & the Simple Seat Cover accessory & have your seats covered in seconds.

Designed to fit over any car seat headrest & simply clip the towel into place. Now YOU can get the Simple Seat Cover via Kickstarter for as little as $10. https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/simpleseatcover/simple-seat-cover7744762

MotherStucker in Motion: SUP & Advil® PM

Disclosure: I am participating in a sponsored campaign hosted by the maker of Advil® PM Received a free sample of Advil® PM Caplets.  All opinions expressed are my own.

17681_10207282359043078_7636660508733791380_nStand Up Paddleboarding is my new favorite activity! As a low impact,  intense workout with core benefits, I highly recommend! During a SUP excursion I’m able to connect with nature, spend quality time with fellow SUP friends & sometimes even have quality time with my furry baby Delores!

During short SUP workouts I cover approx. 2 miles per session.  Longer SUP workouts can total 6+ miles & you bet shoulder, arm back & core muscles are working hard – hard enough that sometimes I need help from Advil® PM.

Advil® PM keeps aches & pains out of my night and helps me to get the healing sleep I need. That’s because it is specially designed for nighttime pain, combining the unsurpassed relief of Advil® plus a non-habit forming sleep aid to help me fall asleep & stay asleep. That means I’ll be ready for tomorrows early morning SUP session!

Visit AdvilPM.com for a COUPON and find out what a healing night’s sleep can do for you. Advil® PM has also created an online library with resources on how to get the healing night’s sleep you need, available at AdvilPM.com. XOXO, MotherStucker 😉
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Summer Silly! How to Survive an Extended Stay Hotel (Part I)

Less than 2 years ago I moved 450+ miles south into a hotel just like Shocantelle — (waiting for construction to be completed at MotherStucker Headquarters) — For 6 weeks with the entire fam. Trust me, it was not as glamorous as it sounds! I’m looking back & giggling a bit (funny now, not so much then!) so I’m inclined to share. Stay tuned this month for posts to come as I mentally “checked out” around week 4! Check out the video above for the spot on “Extended Stay Guest” Laura Bell Bundy 😉

(Originally published June, 2013)
This summer my Motherstucker crew will be living in an extended stay hotel. My Otherstuckers believe that the hotel staff are helping themselves to our cookies and beer. I’m not convinced but see the need for an extended stay hotel survival guide!

1. Utilize outdoor space. Your extended stay living quarters are likely to be a more petite environment than what you are accustomed. Spend as little time as possible actually in the room and enjoy the patio, Grill, green space and pool area.
2. Sign up for the frequent guest program and start earning free nights for your next adventure!
3. Tip your house cleaning crew. This only makes good sense (cents!). Apparently housekeeping also accepts cookies and beer. See opening above….
4. Turn room fan on while sleeping to avoid air conditioning kick on/off noises and other hotel disturbances.
5. Find out who delivers food to the hotel.
6. Utilize the stairs instead of the elevator for extra exercise.
7. Don’t be afraid to ask for upgrades. Sometimes bigger better rooms and services are available to those who ask!
8. Most extended stay hotels offer free breakfast. Stock up on daily snacks while in the breakfast line.
9. Ask other guests what’s nearby in town? Restaurants, attractions, etc.? If the hotel Guest has been staying at Hotel for a while they will be great resource!
10. Learn how to double duty. Extended stay hotels have kitchen equipment but probably not Everything you need. Cooking pots also make excellent ice buckets!

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Tuesday Tip: “Waist” No Time in Suiting up with the No-Holes Belt

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MotherStucker loves when good things come together, like this TRAKLINE BELT by KORE ESSENTIALS! Ranked #1 by Amazon.com customers in it’s category, you have to see it to understand how it works http://www.KoreEssentials.com/how-it-works/ – Suit up with this stylish new product men love & we gals are thrilled to buy for them! Mr. MotherStucker wears with pride, & says he gets compliments each & every time he sports his TRAKLINE BELT by KORE ESSENTIALS. Get 15% off your order by using promo code Save15 at checkout! http://koreessentials.com Intrepid & Eclipse gunmetal buckles

White Hot Review Board: TheSavingsMart

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