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$100 Amazon Gift Card Giveaway from Kinsights

kinsightsI like to think of myself as an organized person. If I am honest, that is true much of the time, but not all of the time.  There are a few areas that seem to trip me up more than others.  One is my home office – try as I might, I just can’t seem to keep it as organized as I’d like.  There always seem to be papers needing to be filed lurking on my desk or a product waiting for a review that has taken up residence on the floor by my chair.

Another area is keeping track of all of LJ’s medical records, immunizations, etc.  I cringe at the beginning of every school year when I have to list on all the forms when he got this shot or that shot. I wind up digging through my paper files looking for the most up-to-date summary to copy or attach.  Thank goodness for Kinsights. is an online tool designed to help parents just like me!  Kinsights is an online Pediatric Personal Health Record Keeper for parents. Gone are the days where you’re being held responsible for keeping track of slips of paper or lugging files and folders containing your children’s health information.  And in the event of an emergency, you can even have the health records sent to the ER or out-of-town doctor in a snap. Organize your child’s growth and developmental milestones, immunizations, medications, allergies, and more.  This tool is amazing and a godsend to parents. Kinsights is also a community where parents can safely seek and share answers to parenting questions.  You can ask anything and Kinsights will find the right community members who can provide guidance.  Kinsights even offers groups with similar interests their own pages, including single parents, grandparents, those interested in car seat safety, baby & kids fashion, potty training groups, and many more  What’s really cool about this community is that it makes finding the best answers easy-community members vote up answers so the best content rises to the top.

To encourage Wisconsin Mommy readers to take a closer look, Kindsights is providing a $100 Amazon Gift Card for me to give away.


Kohl’s Helps You Bring the Disney #MagicAtPlay Home (& Giveaway)

If you are a Wisconsin Mommy Facebook fan, Twitter follower, or Instagram follower, you probably noticed that my family spent the last few days in California at the Disney Social Media Moms Conference.  We had such an amazing time (more posts on all the details coming as soon as we unpack and catch up on some much needed sleep!) and are filled to the brim with so many amazing memories.

Being big Disney fans (this was our fourth trip as a family to a Disney park) we love to dress in our Disney gear both at the parks and once we return to keep the magic alive.  Now Kohl’s has jumped on board to help you create a little Disney magic in your kids’ wardrobe as  well, and you don’t even have to book a trip to Disney to do it.

You might be familiar with the Jumping Beans line of clothing at Kohl’s Department Stores. As long time Jumping Beans fans, we have always loved the line for its durability as well as the flexibility to mix and match pieces to create many different outfits with just a few pieces.

Jumping Beans has just launched  Mickey Mouse and Minnie Mouse themed Disney apparel at Kohl’s and  Even though LJ no longer fits into Jumping Beans (sizes 4 to 7), I just had to share they cute outfits we spotted at our local Kohl’s.

Cute Disney Jumping Beans collection at Kohl's

Luckily, our Kohl’s also had some cute Disney and Star Wars apparel in our sizes, so we definitely didn’t walk out empty handed!

Since I know you will also want to take part in the Disney magic, I’m giving away a $50 Kohl’s gift card to one lucky Wisconsin Mommy reader!


Kohl’s provided us with a gift card so that we could dress the part on our Disneyland trip and also provided a card for us to gift to you. Huge thanks to both Kohl’s and Disney Consumer Products for this awesome opportunity!

Make Valentine’s Day Shopping Easier with PickURGift and a Giveaway!

pickurgiftgiveawayAccording to my husband, I am a tough person to shop for.  Frankly, I really don’t see it – there are always a million things that I see and would love to buy, but don’t.  And honestly, HE’S the one who is tough to buy for!  The man never says he wants anything and if he does, he goes out and buys it for himself!! This year, I resorted to just asking him what he wanted and went out and bought it for him.  Thanks to this partnership with PickURGift and Brandfluential, that’s about to change! (They are both making this sponsored post and giveaway possible – so three cheers for them!)

I wish I had heard about PickURGift before I did all my Christmas shopping (and hinting). I guess the upside is that we can now use it in time for Valentine’s Day, right? What is PickURGift you are wondering?  It’s a brilliant idea in the form of a reverse wish list.  Let’s say I am browsing the web and see something I think might make a good gift for Jay (or my mom, friend, anyone really!). Normally I would attempt to make a “mental note” of the gift idea and then inevitably forget what it was.  With PickURGift, I can simply click on a little button on my browser bar and add the gift to a page specifically designed for that person.  The whole process takes less than 20 seconds and I don’t have to rely on my sketchy memory.

Now you’re probably thinking that this must have been a problem to set up, right?  Nope – the set up process is as simple and straightforward as using it is.  I had my account set up and an idea page for Jay up and running in less than 5 minutes!  (I even added a wish list for myself on there, just to help him out.)

Since I know you are probably now wanting to set up an account for yourself, let me walk you through the process.

1) Go to and register for an account.  No worries – it is totally free.

2) Install the little UR button on your browser bar.

3) Browse your favorite stores online and find gift ideas for your favorite people.  When you see a gift idea for someone, just click on the UR button, and create a page for that person.  You can add as many gift ideas for that person as you like and you can also create pages for additional people and even a wish list for yourself.


4) Email the list to the person you are shopping for.  This is the fun part – the person can then let you know which of the things you picked out are what they are hoping for!

So how much easier will this make Valentine’s Day shopping?  I’m thinking a LOT easier!

But wait  - there’s more!! Just by creating a PickURGift account, you are registered to win a $250 Amazon gift card.  Once you email your list to the potential recipient, you “Power Up” that entry to a possible $500 Amazon gift card win!!  Enter below:

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Got relatives visiting for the holidays? Win them a free hotel stay!

hampton hotelsWhen we first bought our house, we had visions of relatives and friends finally coming to visit and bunking at our place.  I spent all kinds of time decorating our guest room to feel homey and inviting.  My sister in law had given us a gorgeous blue and white wedding quilt that I used to drive the color scheme and I decked it out to the hilt.

Now, granted my parents did use the guest room a few times when them came to visit and seemed to appreciate my efforts,  But then they bought a house a mile and a half down the road and not only do they not need to crash at our house anymore, all the relatives who visit stay with them!

Our guest room sat empty and sad until one day I finally gave up and converted it into my office.  Now the room is fully converted – no more bed, only a desk, file cabinets, and a closet full of office supplies.  It’s great to have a place to conduct business that is all mine, but what do we do when suddenly someone decides to visit??

We point them toward the nearest Hampton Hotel!

Now, before you start calling me a bad hostess, let me add that I think most of our guests appreciate the chance to escape the ungodly-early antics that start just before 6am at our house every day.  First you have LJ who seems physically unable to sleep past 6 am, no matter how late he has gone to bed.  Add in an early rising dog who wakes up ready to play (and bark) at LJ, and it’s not always the best place to be trying to sleep in.

I’m pretty sure most guests would prefer the nice quiet morning that greets them at a nearby hotel!

hampton inn

So why Hampton? When I first graduated from college, I worked as an admissions recruiter for a year.  The college I worked for was in New Hampshire, but my recruiting territory was Connecticut and Long Island.  I would hit the road Sunday night or early on Monday morning and then spend the week on the road and head back home on Thursday or Friday and this went on for about six months out of the year.  That was a LOT of nights in hotels and I quickly learned which ones I wanted to spend time in and which ones I didn’t.  It didn’t take me long to develop a preference for Hampton Hotels and searching them out wherever I was staying.  I loved that they were always clean and inviting, that the staff was consistently helpful and friendly, and that there was just something about them that felt more like home.

Hampton Hotels has actually put a word to what I was feeling – Hamptonality.

The 5 Tenets of Hamptonality are:

·         Unexpected delight

·         Being anticipatory

·         Sharing a compliment

·         Providing a moment of humor

·         Showing empathy

 If you are looking to provide your holiday guests with a little Hamptonality yourself, entertaining expert Jenny Steffens Hobick has a few tips!

Tip 1: Be the best OFF-SITE host ever…

Let’s be honest. You love your friends and family, but cramming everyone into your house for days at a time can be stressful and add to your already lengthy holiday host to-do list! If you simply don’t have enough room to host all of your holiday guests or you just think everyone would be happier with their own, comfortable space, consider booking them at your local Hampton. With more than 1,900 locations, Hampton is the perfect place to stay no matter where your guests may be traveling from.

Tip 2: Surprise your guests with welcome treats

I always like to make sure my guests know how excited we are to have them for a visit by surprising them with a little treat when they arrive. One of my favorite ways to greet them is with something personalized with their name on it, like a decorated sugar cookie or a festive welcome sign. I love staying at Hampton Hotels because they take a similar approach. They often add a personal touch for a guest’s stay by offering a favorite local snack or fun local item when guests check in.

Tip 3: Be prepared with lots of snacks

We all get a little grouchy when we’re hungry – adults and kids alike!  Anticipate those moments by having snacks planned for afternoons and before dinner to keep everyone happy.  Be sure to include fresh options like fruit and crunchy veggies, along with filling cheeses and more decadent treats so you have something for everyone!

 Want to treat your guests to a night at a Hampton Hotel? One lucky Wisconsin Mommy reader will receive a “Be My Guest” card, which entitles the bearer to (1) free night stay at a Hampton location. (And there are 1,900 locations to choose from!)  Each location offers free, hot breakfast with fresh-baked waffles in addition to free high-speed internet access.



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Disclaimer: Compensation was provided by Hampton Hotel via MomTrends.  The opinions expressed herein are those of the author and are not indicative of the opinions of Hampton or Momtrends

American Girl Doll Giveaway

While I absolutely adore having a boy, I know there are a few things I am missing out on by not having a little girl running around my house.  One of those things is the whole American Girl experience.  Even though I am surrounded by Minecraft, Legos, and Skylanders, even I know how popular and special those American Girl dolls are. That’s why I’m so thrilled to be participating in this American Girl Doll giveaway with some of my fabulous blogger friends!!  Good luck and be sure to let me know if you are the winner!!


Christmas Bloggers

Michelle at Fun on a Dime // Janel at A Mom’s Take

Janine at True Aim // Julie at A Year with Mom & Dad // Maureen at Wisconsin Mommy

American Girl Christmas

A big thank you to American Girl for donating a beautiful My American Girl doll to one of our readers! These gorgeous dolls make a perfect Christmas gift for the young girls on your shopping list.

Know someone who would love an American Girl doll for Christmas? Enter below for a chance to win one! You can shop for American Girl dolls, seasonal dresses and accessories, and even matching dresses for girls at

Win a My American Girl Doll & Sparkle Dress!


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Note, this prize will not ship in time for Christmas.