East Coast Mama

A Scary School Transition and How Easy Sharing Data is Now! #DataDoneRight

“I participated in an Ambassador Program on behalf of Influence Central for Virgin Mobile USA which is one of Sprint’s prepaid brands. I received two Virgin Mobile smartphones to facilitate my review as well as a promotional item to thank me for my participation. ”
I know it's a constant debate between mom's "what age is the right age for a child to get their first cell phone".  I've heard the pros and cons for years and opted to give my oldest a cell phone when he turned 10.  For the first few months he only used it to text his uncle who is living in South Carolina, and to call his grandparents.  He was always with my husband or I, so it wasn't exactly a necessity yet but I wanted him to improve his phone skills (his language delay has caused some phone related anxiety) and just in case there was an emergency.

5 Tips for Keeping Your Kids Germ Free at School! #WishIHadAWetOnes

This is a sponsored conversation written by me on behalf of Wet Ones®. The opinions and text are all mine.
The back to school season is upon us and that means new friends, fresh crayons, and GERMS.  With Lilly's asthma a simple cold can quickly escalate to pneumonia which is very scary, so we try to keep the kids in the habit of following these 5 rules to keep the germs at bay.

My Favorite Back to School Quick Breakfast Items + Easy DIY Box Tops Holder! #BTFE

This is a sponsored conversation written by me on behalf of General Mills®. The opinions and text are all mine.
Back to school is here, that can mean chaos filled mornings if we don't plan ahead and prepare!  I know that if I try to wing a morning it ends up starting with hitting the snooze button one to many times and ends with three kids missing the bus because we couldn't find a shoe.  So I try to plan out as much as I can for the week on Sunday afternoons and make sure everything is ready to go for the morning on school nights.

Back to School Fundraising with Bonus Box Tops #BTFE

This is a sponsored conversation written by me on behalf of General Mills®. The opinions and text are all mine.
It's that time of year again, the kids are heading back to school and mom's are breathing a sigh of relief, at least I am.  The pool days and late nights are coming to an end and the scheduled days with mom's quiet coffee time will be back.
With the start of school upon us, it's time to start thinking about meal planning and school fundraising.  Both of which need to be ready to go, life gets crazy without a great plan for meals and we all know those fundraising packets come home as soon as school starts.

Lets Take Steps Toward a Cancer Free World! Join me at the 2015 Boston Marathon #JimmyFundWalk

I participated in an Ambassador Activation on behalf of Influence Central for the Boston Marathon Jimmy Fund Walk. I received a promotional item to thank me for my participation.
(Photo credit to John Deputy)
If you didn't get a chance to read my last post about registering for the Boston Marathon Jimmy Fund Walk, there is still time to join this great cause!

Hood Cream Immersion Dinner at Deuxave with Christopher Coombs #CookWithHood

I participated in an Ambassador Program on behalf of Influence Central for Hood Cream. I received product samples as well as a promotional item to thank me for my participation.
Hood Cream is a staple in my home and has been for generations.  I can't remember a time that I opened my Nana's refrigerator and didn't see cartons of cream all over the place.  So when I was selected to be a Hood Cream Blogger Ambassador, I was thrilled!  I am excited to learn more about a brand that I have been loyal too and to share all that great info with you!

Back to School Shopping List with Carter's #8isGreat

“I participated in an Influencer Activation on behalf of Influence Central for Carter’s. I received a complimentary gift card to facilitate my review and thank me for my participation.”
When I think of kids clothes, one of the major brands that comes to mind is Carter's.  From the day I took my babies home from the hospital in itty bitty sleepers, through the toddler years and well into the school years, Carter's has always been a staple in our closets.  We love the styles and the comfort of their clothes and we are excited to share with you that now kids can stay cute and colorful longer because Carter's is offering size 8!  8 is Great!

I try to do 2 major shopping trips a year for my kids and unless a growth spurt happens, I'm usually able to stay out of the stores in between besides for special occasion outfits.  The biggest shopping trip being for back to school and the a slightly smaller trip for the summer months.  As back to school is nearing us, I was excited to take Aidan to get all his clothing essentials at Carter's now that they are carrying his new size, 8!