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Sunday, November 22, 2015

Pay It Forward Challenge and Giveaway from Stop and Shop

So far in 2015, Stop & Shop has donated over $12 million and 300,000 holiday meals to hunger relief organizations and to those in need. They kicked off the 2015 holiday season by encouraging their neighbors to give back and create a stronger community throughout New England. By learning more about Stop & Shop’s commitment to being a better neighbor, they hope customers and families will be encouraged to bring back random acts of kindness and turn neighbors into friends, and neighborhoods into communities. Stop and Shop reached out to me to see if I would like to be a part of their Pay It Forward Challenge. They offered me a Stop and Shop gift card to use in any way that I saw fit to help benefit my local community. So cool, right?

I took this opportunity to support LYNN Ministries which stands for Love Your Neighbor Now. LYNN Ministries assists the local homeless population in the Foxboro/Attleboro/Brockton area. Each month, they deliver a hot meal, fresh fruit, fresh baked items, clothing, blankets, and personal care items to those without a permanent home. They also help facilitate a connection to resources, local churches, and provide one of the best gifts of all - hope.

I reached out to Debbie Snow, who runs the organization along with her husband, to see how Stop and Shop's donation might be able to assist them best. I know with charities they sometimes have an abundance of one item but are really low on others so I wanted to make sure that our donation was truly useful at this time. Debbie agreed to meet up with me and the kids after school at Stop and Shop (she must be a saint, right?) in order to tell us more about the organization and help us pick out items. The kids were really excited to be a part of the purchase and donation. 

We learned that LYNN Ministries hands out 150 baggies each month with necessary toiletries and supplies for the homeless. These individuals and families do not have a permanent place to put their things so travel sized items are what are needed most. Currently, the ministry was very low on toothpaste so we were able to pick up a bunch for them.
The kids were fascinated to hear that some people live in tents (year round) so Debbie was kind enough to share this photo with me of one of her friend's homes. I say friend's home because that is exactly what the people she supports are to Debbie - her friends.

The picture really helps put it in perspective.
LYNN Ministries also provides a meal each month that they cook fresh, package up in individual containers, and deliver to those in need. We were able to purchase pork for them to serve at their holiday meal. The money they save from not having to purchase the meat themselves, they will now put towards winter coats, gloves, and socks. I loved hearing how Stop and Shop's donation of toiletries and meat would then have a trigger effect of allowing them to purchase other items that are desperately needed.

Here we are heading to the check out - bunny ears and all!
Debbie and John Snow with the donations that we purchased courtesy of Stop and Shop's generosity (WOW!!)
If you are interested in learning more about how you might be able to help, you can check out the supply list of items that LYNN Ministries is in need of (year round) HERE. If you are local to Foxboro, MA, I'd be happy to help coordinate with you a pick up/drop off of any donations. This really is such a great, hands on ministry where donations go directly to those in need.

Feeling touched and moved? Awesome, because it's your turn! I am giving away a $50 Stop and Shop gift card so that YOU can help pay it forward this holiday season. You can choose to spend the gift card on however you see fit - donating to your local food bank, buying toys/books for children in need, the list is endless! Once you do spend your money, we would love for you to share your donation story with others so that they might be inspired to do the same. Share your story and photo using the hashtag #PayItForwardwithSS on Facebook, Instagram, etc so that we can all enjoy them!

Best of luck - I can't wait to hear how you're sharing the love this holiday season!

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Monday, November 9, 2015

prAna: Review, Giveaway, and Discount Code! #JustBeYou

Being part of the Stonyfield team, I recently was offered the opportunity to receive and review an item from prAna's organic cotton line. It's no mystery why Stonyfield and prAna pair so well together. They are both committed to creating quality products in earth friendly ways. They seek materials from sustainable sources, treat people fairly, and seek to improve industry processes. They do their best to recycle resources, reduce packaging, and help to jump start the next generation of organic farmers.

prAna prides itself on the fact that you can wear their clothing during every activity on every day. Their catalog is filled with amazing looking people doing awesome things.

I was asked to #JustBeYou while wearing and reviewing my item. So I wore the Peppa Jacket doing things that I do best. Now I want to say that I sported it while climbing a mountain or sailing the seven seas but my life is not quite as exciting as that. You know what? That's okay because the Peppa Jacket was soft and cozy for everything that I needed in my regular life!

I rocked it at the bus stop...

Look at those cuties!
and while out running errands.

Target, here I come!
It also kept me warm, comfy, and cozy while I (unfortunately) battled a cold!

I also enjoyed an Apple Cinnamon Oh My Yog! while recovering on the couch that day. The apple/cinnamon flavor is perfect for fall and it tastes like a treat even while getting vitamins!

My prAna item is soft, fun, wears well, and comfy! Want to try something from the prAna organic line yourself? One lucky Dollops reader will win one prAna organic item valued at up to $99. Don't fret if you don't win because everyone can benefit from the discount code below!

Discount: 15% off* at
Discount Code: JBYF15DOD

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*Discount code not valid for prAna Influencers, on Gift Certificates, or with any other offers. Ends  Dec 15, 2015.

***Disclosure: This post was written in partnership with Stonyfield. As a YoGetter Ambassador,  at times I receive free product and/or compensation. As always, all opinions are my own.

Friday, October 30, 2015

Happy Halloween 2015!

Happy (early)  Halloween  from Henry the wolf, 
Batman Daniel, and Isabelle the slice of pizza!

Tuesday, October 27, 2015

Happy 8th Birthday, Isabelle!!

Today's the big day that Isabelle turns the big EIGHT!!  WOW!!! She had a great pizza, pajama party with her friends here at the house on Friday night. They made "friendship jars," played outside, played party games, and enjoyed pizza, cake, and ice cream while staying up "late" (8pm!). Such a fun night! 

Keeping with tradition, here are the questions I ask the kids each year on their birthdays...

Isabelle's 8th Birthday - 10/27/15

Favorite Color: Pink and Purple
Favorite Show: Spongebob and Barbie Life in the Dreamhouse
Favorite Thing to do Inside: Crafts and Color
Favorite Thing to do Outside: Go on the flip bar 
Favorite Snack: Baby Goldfish and Cheez Its
Favorite Meal: Pizza
Favorite Song: Timber 
Favorite Thing to do with Dadda: Plant seeds in the garden
Favorite Thing to do with Mamma: Go to the store with just Mamma
When I Grow Up I Want to be a: Teacher
If I had lots of money I would buy: A jumbo house with a swimming pool!

We loved checking out her answers from years past this morning and seeing how she's changed (and stayed the same!). You can find her answers from last year HERE and from when she turned six HERE.

Monday, October 26, 2015

Stonyfield and Shutterfly: $20 Promo Code!

Anyone who knows me knows that I LOVE pictures. My mom loved taking and displaying photos and she passed that love along to me. We have frames galore hanging around the house filled with captured memories. This past summer I recently bought two more collage frames (one can never have too many!) and printed off a bunch of my favorite baby pictures to display. Each day I pass by and admire the chubby cheeks, feetie pajamas, and wobbly legs of days gone by. Those baby days really do go by in the blink of an eye so I am so thankful that I was camera obsessed and can look back on them now.

Stonyfield and Shutterfly also recognize that babies and photos go hand in hand so they teamed up to bring you an awesome offer. When you purchase any Stonyfield YoBaby or YoTot yogurt 6-pack, you receive $20 off your order at The offer is good for $20 off one qualifying merchandise order of $20 or more. It is limited to one per household and ends on February 29, 2016. You can learn the full details by clicking HERE. So next time you purchase a Stonyfield YoBaby 6 pack (which my babies used to love!), look on the top of the orange lid and get your code!

Shutterfly and Stonyfield were nice enough to send me a code to use and I made a Christmas ornament to hang on our tree this year. I know, I know, it seems too early for Christmas, right? I figured might as well get a jump on it and I used a photo from our family shoot this past summer. 

I loved that it came in a little bag for me to store it in or it would be perfect if I was giving it away as a gift. So now that I've made this ornament I feel tempted to make a million more. It's hard having a photo addicted personality! Looks like maybe I'll have to start buying Stonyfield baby yogurts again for friends and family!
*Disclosure: This post was written in partnership with Stonyfield and Shutterfly. As a YoGetter Ambassador, at times I receive free product and/or compensation. As always, all opinions are my own.

Monday, October 12, 2015

Wellness TruFood Wagon: Gourmet Food Truck for Pets!

The Wellness TruFood Wagon has been on the road and is now in the Boston area. They've been visiting local pet stores, pet events and dog parks to showcase their artfully blended TruFood recipes and Living Nutrition philosophy.

You can stop by the events for free samples, activities, and learn about TruFood recipes. Also, you can spin the wheel for a chance to win prizes including a year's supply of Wellness TruFood pet food!

Below are the upcoming events/dates in the Boston area:

Wednesday, 10/14, 1-7pm: PetSmart 250 Grossman Drive Braintree, MA
Thursday, 10/15, 11am-3pm: Greenway, Boston, MA Rings Fountain on Atlantic between Milk & State Street
Friday, 10/16, 12-6pm: Peter's Park Dog Park, 1178 Washington Street, Boston, MA
Saturday, 10/17, 8:30am - 4:30pm: Head of the Charles, Weld Exhibition, Boston, MA
Sunday, 10/18, 8:30am - 4:30pm: Head of the Charles, Weld Exhibition, Boston, MA

Although the tour is heading towards the end of its run, the best is yet to come with the truck's biggest events at the upcoming Head of the Charles.

This past weekend, the Wagon was onsite at Cape Cod Doxie Day where they had pets create a mural. For each paw print on the TruFood "Pawcasso" mural Wellness donated a bag of food to shelter pets in need. 

Be sure to follow @WellnessPetFood on Twitter for live updates and last minute Wagon stops! 

Thursday, October 8, 2015

Davis Farmland: Ticket Giveaway!

I recently received 4 tickets to Davis Farmland in Sterling, MA. Our family has never been so I was pretty excited to go. I have heard nothing but great things about it and heard over and over again that it is well worth the money since you can easily spend the whole day there. I envisioned a good old fashioned, animal and pumpkin filled family day. However, life and other commitments have made that plan dwindle and now I fear we won't make it before Davis Farmland closes for the season.

What does this mean for you? Well it means YOU could go and have all the family fun that I imagined! That's right - I am giving away my family 4 pack of tickets to one lucky Dollops reader!

If you're unfamiliar with Davis Farmland, click HERE to check out fellow blogger, Gilda's, recent post about her family's trip there. It's filled with information, tips, and pictures!

The tickets expire on October 25, 2015 so this is a QUICK giveaway. Enter now so I can pick a winner and mail the tickets out to the lucky duck!

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