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Monday, February 20, 2017

Make Snacking Easy With Yoplait!

This post is written by me on behalf of General Mills. All opinions are entirely my own. This shop has been compensated by Acorn Influence, Inc. and its advertiser. All opinions are mine alone. 

I hear "Can I have a snack?" from my kids more than anything else. I hear it all the time, even if they have just finished a meal, they ask for a snack. With 4 kids, I have learned to always have a snack handy. If we are out, I usually throw a bar or some fruit in my purse but if they are home or at school, you can bet they will be snacking on a Yoplait yogurt!

I grew up eating Yoplait yogurt so you know I love giving my kids Yoplait yogurt. Yogurt is a better-for-you type of snack. It's quick and convenient, not to mention that you also get 20% of your recommended daily calcium intake from that delicious cup of yogurt! I stock up on Yoplait every week while grocery shopping at Walmart. Yoplait comes in a convenient fridge pack that brings 8 cups of goodness!

You know I am a sucker for a good story and I love Yoplait's:

It all started in France in 1965 when a group of farmers from six dairy co-ops came together for a greater good. These dairy devotees saw the future and the need to get dairy to a population slowly leaving the rolling hills of farmland for the rows of suburbs and lines of urban streets. They took their French cows, taste and love for yogurt and through a quick merge of the names of the two lead co-ops Yola and Coplait – Yoplait was born.

These founders of Yoplait’s dedication to freshness and great taste has arguably made Yoplait the best-tasting yogurt in the world. And every choice made reflected that dedication –

Also, did you know that six petals in the logo represent the six original co-ops? Cute, right?

I like to give my family good food and good snacks. Yoplait uses milk sourced from co-ops that adhere to the “five freedoms” pledge for their cows - freedom from hunger; freedom from thirst and malnutrition; freedom from discomfort; freedom from pain, injury and disease; freedom from fear and distress; and freedom to engage in normal patterns of animal behavior. And Yoplait was the first leading yogurt company to source only milk produced by cows not treated with the synthetic growth hormone rBST.

Yoplait fridge packs are available in Original Strawberry/Strawberry Banana (my kid's favorite), Original Strawberry, Original Strawberry/Mixed Berry, Original Strawberry/Peach and Original Vanilla/Orange Cream.

Thursday, February 16, 2017

It's Never Too Late To Save For College

Disclosure: This is a sponsored post in partnership with Bloggin' Mamas and Florida Prepaid College. All opinions are mine alone. 

Look at this picture. This was in June 2012. This was the day Adrian graduated from Pre-K. I remember it like it was yesterday. I was so very proud of him and all he had accomplished that year. To think that in only a few more years, 2025 to be exact, he will graduate high school and be going off to college! How insane is that?

Since the day this picture was taken, my family has grown quite a bit. I went from being a mom of one to being a mom of one, step-mom of two and guardian of one. Life takes some crazy turns. With four kids, aged 12-9, life is expensive and you know what will be more expensive? Four kids in college at the same time!!!!

Good thing JC and I have slowly been getting ready. Not only are we pushing them to get the best grades they can get but we have also signed up for Florida Prepaid College. College costs are rising annually and by the time these 4 are in college, I'm sure tuition will be ridiculous. Thankfully, with Florida Prepaid College, we locked in their tuition rates for Florida schools years ago. Even if they don't decide to attend schools in Florida (hello, the girls who want to go to Stanford), their plans will pay the same amount as the plan would pay a public college or university in Florida. Also, every plan is guaranteed by the State of Florida, so we will never lose our investment!

Think you can't afford it? Well, Florida Prepaid College has different plans to choose from:

The key to saving for college is to start as soon as you can, because your child’s future is coming at full speed. That’s why Florida Prepaid offers two easy and affordable types of savings plans. From the Florida 529 Savings Plan to the Florida Prepaid College Plans, you will be guided every step of the way with options that fit any family and every budget. Don't wait any longer and check out Florida Prepaid College today. Open enrollment ends February 28th!

Monday, February 13, 2017

Miami Marlins FanFest

The boys and I had the best day yesterday, we went to the 2017 Miami Marlins FanFest!!! I love baseball, as much as football, and I get really really excited when the Marlins Fan Fest comes around every February. It is my time to put on my fan gear and just spend the day at the ballpark with fellow Marlins fans AND the players!!! This year I took the two boys with me and we celebrated my love for baseball! If you follow me on IG (@secondchancesgirl) then you have probably seen some of these....

First thing we did when we got to the ballpark was to sign the Fernandez wall. If you follow baseball at all, then you know that the Marlins lost their star pitcher, Jose Fernandez, in a fatal boating accident last season. It was devastating to us all and the boys and I added our names and loving messages to the wall. 

Then it was time to play. First up some t-ball batting practice. Now, I am ashamed to say this but my boys have never played baseball. Shocking, I know but they really haven't asked. I was thrilled when they wanted to at least attempt to hit the ball. 

Time to meet some of the new pitchers, Drew Steckenrider and Kyle Barraclough. These guys were so sweet to the boys signing autographs and posing for pictures. They even gave the boys some tips and helped them get some pitches in. 

We had to stop and pose with our two World Series Championship trophies. The Miami Marlins are the youngest team in baseball with the most championships. Watch out 2018, we are coming for you! 

There was so much excitement at the ballpark, especially since Miami will be hosting the 2017 All-Star Game this summer. I am hoping to get tickets as is most of Miami!! LOL! Next up was more player autographs. 

Lines were long but moving quickly. As we moved from line to line, I noticed an extra long line and when I went to the front to check out the commotion, I realized the line was for a meet and greet with Christian Yelich. I quickly ran to the end of the line. To my surprise, after about a 35-40 minute wait, I got to meet my favorite player, GianCarlo Stanton!!! I knew they switched put players at the meet and greet but never in my wildest dreams did I think I would get a chance to take a picture with Stanton!!

After my excitement with Stanton, the boys were equally excited to take pictures with the costumed characters, seriously??? We were just taking a picture with Stanton. I will never understand children!

Along with autographs and pictures, you could play games like Jenga and dominoes with players, meet alumni like Livan Hernandez and even have players like Wei Chen pitch to your kids!! Watch my boys in action!

We are ready and waiting for baseball season to start! Nothing says summer like baseball!!


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