These 3 Simple Steps Will Change Your Life Forever

How is your energy level? Do you feel good overall or are you always exhausted?

Maybe you’re sleepy all the time? Does your body just feel out of whack?

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What about aches and pains in your joints and body? How does your tummy feel?

What if you could simply make a huge change in your overall well being in just three simple steps each day?

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What My Thrive Day Looks Like:

Thrive synergistic lifestyle system. I’ve been using it for a few months now.

I wake up and take two capsules. (They make capsules for woman and capsules for men.) I go to bed with a bottle of water on my nightstand, wake up and take two caps.

Let me tell you what is in these caps: vitamin A, B1, B2, B3, B5, B6, B12, D3, folic acid, chromium, selenium and vanadium.

Yes, all the good stuff.

thrive shake mix (probiotics)

Then, I make myself a shake. I take a blender bottle and pour in 8 oz of chocolate almond milk and the contents of this shake packet.  I shake, shake, shake and then drink it down. (You can mix it with water or milk if you prefer.)

What’s the deal with this shake? It is an ultra micronized, mineral dense formula of probiotics, enzymes and  antioxidants. It is gluten free and helps with lean muscle support and weight management and fitness.

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Then I grab my patch and slap it on my upper arm, wrist, hand, foot, or any lean place on your body. I’ve even worn it at the top of my spine. I leave it on for 24 hours I’ve showered in them many times.

I’ve done all three of these on an empty stomach.

The patch uses DFT which is derma fusion technology to deliver 24 hours of appetite control and metabolic support.

Have chronic pain, say in your knees from years of sports? Put your patch there where the pain is for the entire day. You will see a difference!

In these three short steps I have now taken in over 100 minerals, vitamins, digestive enzymes, probiotics, prebiotics and amino acids. This proprietary blend comes together in the body and works amazingly together in a synergistic way.

Who Is Using Thrive:

Who is using Thrive and what is their experience? Everyone’s story is different.

Some use it for all day energy, joint discomfort, for weight loss, hot flashes, for nutrition and even as part of their fitness plan. The list goes on and on.  A surprising number of people experience results within the first few days.

For me, it seriously curbs my appetite and it is an added plan to my journey for living a healthier life. My husband tells me constantly he can see my body changing.

Thrive is for you. Young, older, man, woman, anyone. If you are out of shape, in shape, needing energy, struggling with pain, it’s for you!

Anthony our 14 year old has even enjoyed a shake. It’s a great addition to his workout plan, especially during football season.

Here are some testimonies of people in every age bracket using Thrive.

Where to Buy Thrive and a Giveaway

You can get a one month supply of capsules, shakes and patches for $190 a month if you order on auto-ship.

You can take it off auto-ship at any time. If you choose not to do auto-ship it is $253.99 a month with shipping.

You can get the capsules, shakes and patches free each month if you refer two friends each month to use the product.

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We are giving away to one lucky Crystal & Co., reader a one month supply of caps, shakes and patches. It will change your life!

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I would love for you to win a one month supply. Use the widget below to enter the giveaway.

Or, if you want to get started now you can go here.

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Romantic Date Night at Home ($400 Date Night Giveaway)

Over the last eight years my life has changed a lot. Date nights are a rarity.

Once our family grew it really became difficult to get date nights outside of the house alone. And honestly, it is not the end of the world.

My husband and I still find ways to connect all the time without having to get away without the kids. Sometimes it is as simple as hanging out before the kids wake up or after they are in bed. Just chatting. Talking about things that are important to us.

Sometimes we like to just sneak into the bedroom and watch an old nostalgic show together before we go to bed- like Threes Company. We crack up! It’s simple. It’s free. But that time together is invaluable.

If you are a parent who does not get date nights away from the kids, I want you to remember, this is just  a season. Enjoy what you have. You will miss this time some day and these days with your kids are something you will never get back.

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And for Valentine’s Day, I have partnered with five other women and we are giving away a Date Night-In basket valued at over $400. I would love for you to win it!

I am teaming up with Lisa of Club31Women, Alison of Pint-Sized Treasures, Melissa of A Virtuous Woman, Becky of Your Modern Family and MaryEllen of Imperfect Homemaker.

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This HUGE package of date-night goodies will arrive on your doorstep just in time for Valentine’s Day!

So what’s included in this amazing date night package?

Here’s the scoop!

Love jewelry? What woman doesn’t! Enjoy this $100 gift certificate to Luxe Design. They offer a fabulous selection of personalized and sentimental jewelry. They have a number of items that would be perfect for wives who wish to wear a tangible reminder of their choice to love their husband.


What’s Valentine’s Day without chocolate? Of course we only included the very best for our readers — Godiva Truffles!


Are you a Dayspring fan? We are offering some super-fun gifts form them to celebrate your marriage! These will add the perfect pinch of romance and sentimentality to your at-home date with these gifts below:

Mr and Mrs. Coupon Book
Mr. and Mrs. Love Note Set
Love Never Fails Plaque

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How about some items to help you freshen up for your date? Don’t worry, we thought about that too! The winner will enjoy the following products from a fun place to shop for moms — Zulily.

Liz Claiborne Spark Eau de Parfum
Adrienne Vittadini Bright Five-Piece Lip Gloss Set
City Color Cosmetics Vibrant Palette Makeup Set
Raspberry Foaming Milkshake Bubble Bath

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For some awesome, inspirational reading, we are also including hard copies of the following books:
100 Ways to Love Your Husband: A Life-Long Journey of Learning to Love (by Lisa Jacobson)
100 Ways to Love Your Wife: A Life-long Journey of Learning to Love Each Other (By Matthew Jacobson)


Since it’s Valentine’s Day, we thought you needed some extra sparkle!

Enjoy some extra shopping by choosing one gift from these three stores (item will be shipped separately from the winner’s package):

Monarch Jewelry

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To finish it all off, enjoy a good scrub and long soak with these natural bath products. Get ready for some pampering with this HUGE basket of goodies from Bend Soap

3 Lotions
3 Soaps
1 Milk Bath in a bag
2 Travel Size soaps
2 soap dishes
1 Natural Loofah Pouch
1 Foot Scrub Brush
$25 Gift certificate

These goodies all come in a reusable stylish antique copper tin. Soaps and lotions are in the following fabulous scents: Oatmeal and Honey, Cranberry Wassail, English Garden, Lemon Verbena, Island Coconut, Sweet Orange, Almond Delight, Eucalyptus Spearmint, and High Desert Rain. Bend Soap Company makes natural goat milk soaps and lotions on their farm in Bend, Oregon. Made with only the highest quality of ingredients, including farm fresh goat milk, coconut oil, olive oil, and palm oil. The luxurious, handmade products soothe dry skin and offer a nourishing elixir to the skin in place of the common commercial skin care products on the market. Choose to Love Your Skin … One bar at a time with Bend Soap Company. Visit their website and order online at

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Enter below for your chance to enter this HUGE Stay-at-home Date Night Package. Happy Valentine’s Day!

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5 Amazing Benefits of Children Learning Piano ($500 CASH GIVEAWAY)

We are so exited that some friends are gifting us their gorgeous piano they no longer want! This is a dream come true for me. (We have an old, old piano that needs lots of work. So much work it is simply be stored right now. For years I have wanted our boys to learn to play the piano. Now, this can really become a reality!)

The brain benefits of learning piano as a child are impressive and everlasting! I have known this for years.

Benefits of Learning Piano

Research has shown that the brain of someone who can play an instrument and the brain of someone who is non-musical, works differently. There are many, many skills that are built and improved by learning to play such as sound discrimination, fine motor skill, neurological benefits and more.

  1. Improved reading skills. Music is a language. They say the earlier you learn a new language the better and children are like sponges. The same skill development that is used when learning to play the piano is the same as reading. I have read this over and over again in studies for years. Oftentimes learning piano increases reading skills. Did you know that learning to play piano involves the left and right brain must work together? What great exercises for our brain!
  2. Improved math skills. For years I have known that learning to play the piano helps kids with reading and math and I have always been so impressed by this. Overtime a child’s spatial-temporal skills are greatly improved when playing the piano. What are spatial-temporal skills? It is the ability to recognize a pattern and understand how pieces or items can fit into that space. Someone with honed spatial-temporal skills can really dig deep and determine how things fit together and how the patterns can be manipulated…. like in creating music, or architecture, engineering, gaming and math!
  3. Teaches kids to never give up. There is a lot to learn when playing the piano. It can be frustrating and very challenging, but they have to keep doing so they can accomplish higher and higher goals. Consistent effort and patience are skills that are built when learning to play the piano. Piano is a great goal building skill and skill of dedication.
  4. Improved hearing. Studies have shown that musicians do not age the same in the auditory cortex as others often do. Hearing skills just might be one of those things that if you don’t use it, you lose it…. ever thought of that? This is an everlasting benefit of being musical.
  5. Decreased anxiety. This is great for kids and adults, honestly! A study was done in Japan that shows the hormone cortisol, which is associated with high stress levels and anxiety, was reduces more by playing the piano than any other creative art activity. This is powerful information for kids who find school stressful, for adult who find work stressful and for anyone needing or seeking ways to reduce their overall anxiety levels.

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I am so excited for our boys to embrace the piano. I want to learn too!

What musical instrument do you and your children play?


WIN $500

Want to go on a shopping spree? Our local Metroplex Piano Warehouse is giving away a $500 cash giveaway once a week through December 31st! Enter to win here!

You do need to live in the Dallas Fort Worth area, San Antonio, St. Louis or Austin areas to enter to win. 

The winner will also receive  a coupon to Piano Warehouse getting $100 off a purchase to Metroplex Piano Warehouse.

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Godiva Soft Serve and Trufflelata ($25 Giveaway)

When I think of fancy chocolate the very first name that comes to mind is Godiva. This then leads me to the word decadent. Tracking Pixel

Did you have any idea that Godiva now makes soft serve and an amazing drink called the Trufflelata? Let me elaborate.

You’ve seen their truffles, right? They come in every flavor. A couple of my favorite truffles are Crème Brulee Truffle and Hazelnut Crunch. They have tons of milk chocolate, dark chocolate and white chocolate combinations. (You can buy them by the box or by the each at any of their Godiva stores.)

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Last week I met up with three other Dallas area bloggers and we we’re give the inside scoop on some amazing new things launching at Godiva this summer.

Let me tell you why this new shake and soft serve is something you want to add to your MUST TRY lists ASAP.

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The shake (aka Trufflelata) …. oh man. Here is what they do. They take a truffle, ice and other ingredients and mix them together to make a shake that has a truffle in every sip!

Flavors options include:

  • Chocolate Lava Cake Trufflelata
  • Salted Caramel Trufflelata
  • Strawberry Creme Trufflelata
  • Hazelnut Crunch Trufflelata
  • Milk Chocolate Trufflelata
  • Oreo Trufflelata

They top it with whip cream and some syrup, if you choose and you have cold creamy sippable truffle that will make the perfect summer memory!

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I tasted every single flavor. It is hard to just pick one favorite, and although I am not a dark chocolate fan, the Chocoalte Lava Cake Trufflelata was malty and perfection in my mouth!

Then, there is the soft serve. It has rich and creamy elements of traditional soft serve, but they include premium Belgian ingredients that create memorable moments in every single bite!

There are three flavors;  Dark Chocolate, White Chocolate Vanilla Bean and Swirl, and can be enjoyed in a variety of premium Belgian waffle cones, each one dipped in either milk or dark chocolate, or in a traditional five ounce cup.

I opted for the swirl. Again, I am not a fan of dark chocolate…. or so I thought.

This was perfection for a hot summer day.

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Right now they even have Happy Hour, every weekday from 3PM to 7PM.

Buy one (soft serve or Trufflelata) and get one 50% off!

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Did I mention their chocolate makes a  great gift? Get a gift card or give a box of chocolates! Or, do both!

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$25 Godiva Gift Card GIVEAWAY

Want to win a $25 Godiva Gift Card? Tell me in the comments, What was your most memorable summer fling?, to be entered to win

Giveaway closes at 11:59 PM CST  8/15/14. You may enter once.


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Super Easy and Meaningful Gift for Dad {plus $100 Home Depot Giveaway}

I am so excited to share with you a super easy {and very meaningful} gift idea for Dad.

This is perfect for Father’s Day or for any day of the week.

We made this yesterday for my husband and sat it on the end table in the living room. It was the first thing he noticed when he came home from work and he could not stop talking about.

It uses supplies you likely have on hand. It is so easy and he will love it!

And you know what pairs with it perfectly? A Home Depot gift card!

Dad’s wear many hats. My husband works so hard for our family. A pair of socks just isn’t going to cut it this year! (You can even give Home Depot gift cards online!)

Let me show you how to make this craft and then I will show you some amazing gift card ideas!

super simple gift for dad #springmadesimpleSupplies:

  • card stock
  • finger paints or acrylic paints
  • paper plate for holding the paint
  • hair dryer, for quick drying
  • picture frame
  • a Home Depot gift card to pair with it

Add one color of paint to a paper plate.

Let the child with the largest hands go first.

Coat one of his hands with paint.

Press the hand down in the center of the card stock.

Use the hair dryer to dry the paint. It takes maybe 2 minutes of running the hair dryer over the hand print to get it to dry.

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Get the next color ready on a clean paper plate.

Have the child with the next largest hand go next. There is a big difference in a 13 year olds hand and an 8 year olds hand.

Repeat this hand print and drying process ending with the smallest hand last.

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Once you’ve dried each hand print you can frame it right away.

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Now, let’s check out the Home Depot gift card that you can out with this! I know what my husband will use his gift card for. He wants a new generator!

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  • You can buy the gift card online if you want.
  • You can also buy it from a group (as in all the adult kids can go in together to buy Dad a gift even if some live near or far).
  • Dad can always go online to check his gift card balance.

Who wouldn’t want a hand print keep sake and a Home Depot gift card? My husband would love this generator!

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Want a chance to win a $100 gift card from Home Depot. Dad loves being celebrated on Father’s Day or any day of the year!

Use the rafflecopter widget below to enter to win!

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The Home Depot partnered with bloggers for their 2014 Father’s Day program. Please feel free to read my site disclosure if you have any questions.

Connect Your Smartphone to a Coca-Cola Machine (in Dallas Firehouse Subs Locations) $50 Gift Card Giveaway

I am sure you’ve seen the Coca-Cola Machine dispensers with the touchscreens on them at some of your local restaurant. My kids love them! They are called Coca-Cola Freestyle.
Well, Coca-Cola and Firehouse Subs have something really cool to offer you.
First, download this app.
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Create your favorite five drink mixes and save them.
You can save mixes you like, mixes your kiddos like and mixes your husband like. Cool, right? My kids love to create crazy drinks with all the Fanta stuff (when I will let them).
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Go to one of the local area Dallas Firehouse Subs before December 1st. The possibilities are endless- this is totally a cause for celebration!
Then, by simply “bumping” your phone against the Freestyle screen or scanning a QR code at their favorite Dallas Firehouse Subs location,  you can select and dispense one of your five favorite beverages.
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This is only here in Dallas for a limited time.  You gotta go before December 1st.
We are one of three markets to get to try this new technology out. If you have a smartphone you’ll want to go give it a try.
I could totally see our 12 year old and all of his friends amazed by this.
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Firehouse Subs Locations:

–        Preston Commons – 3184 Preston Road
–        Rockwall Plaza – 1067 E. 1-30
–        W. Arbrook – 1001 W. Arbrook Blvd.
–        Galleria – 13465 Inwood Rd.
–        Custer – 5999 Custer Rd.
–        Lewisville – 2325 S. Stemmons Fwy
–        Euless – 2750 State Hwy 121
–        MacArthur Park – 7601 N. MacArthur
–        N. Richland Hills – 6020 Parker Road
–        Firewheel – 3003 N. President George Bush Fwy
–        Western Center – 2901 Western Center Blvd
–        Frisco Square – 6025 Main St.
–        Burleson – 12650 South Freeway
–        Lake Worth – 6060 Azle Avenue
–        Coit Rd at Park – 2304 Coit Rd.
–        Murphy Marketplace – 231 E. FM 544
–        Alliance Town Center – 9180 N. Freeway
–        Highlands Ranch – 6100 Long Prairie
–        South Irving – 2450 N Beltline Rd

Go here for the app for your iphone and here for the app for your Android.


Totally cool right?! Want a $50 Firehouse Sub gift card? You can use this as a Christmas stocking stuffer!

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iPad Air/Surface 2 Giveaway!

I have the perfect giveaway that you can use for your someone on your shopping list or keep it for yourself.

Welcome to the iPad Air / Surface 2 Giveaway!

Who wouldn’t love a new iPad Air or Surface 2 just in time for the holidays?!? Whether you need a new one for yourself, or plan to give one as a gift, be sure to enter the iPad Aid/Surface 2 Giveaway!

I have joined up with some awesome bloggers to offer one lucky reader a chance to win his or her choice between an iPad Air or a Surface 2 tablet! This giveaway is organized by Bay Area Mommy and co-hosted by The WiC Project, Freebie Depot, Coupon & Freebies Mom and Mom To Bed By 8.

Giveaway ends December 14, 2013 at 11:59pm EST. Open worldwide. Void where prohibited. Must be at least 18 years old to enter. If the winner resides outside the US, he/she will receive $500 cash instead. Entries will be verified. Winner will be randomly picked by Rafflecopter, will receive an email from and will have 48 hours to respond. If no response is received within 48 hours from the time email was sent, a new winner will be picked. No Purchase Necessary. To enter, use the form below. Good luck!

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Disclaimer: This blog is not responsible for prize fulfillment. For questions regarding this giveaway, contact Bay Area Mommy.

Activision Family Game Summit with Korie Robertson #ATVIFamGames ($400 Giveaway)

Do you have gamers on your holiday shopping list? Wondering what the new hit games of this holiday season will be? You totally need to join the fun with me of this Activision Game Summit #ATVIFamGames!!  Actually, I am giving away $400 worth of Activision Games. Scroll on down for the entry options.

For a couple of years now I have attended this event, one year it was in person here in Dallas. This year I will be watching online, and you can too! The hostess this year is mom of five Korie Robertson from Duck Dynasty. How awesome is that?I never miss one of their shows. (Our 12 year old actually plays football for Si Robertson’s son-in-law here in our town. Who wants to play seven degrees of Duck Dynasty?)

At the event they will be discussing how and why video games have become such an important part of our entertainment culture. They will also take a look at video games and their journey through time. We will hear from those who are contributing to today’s games. Pretty cool!

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I hope you will join us online. Mark your calendar, here are the details:

Ready to win some games to give as gifts this holiday season? I am giving away $400 worth of Activision games.

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Enter to Win

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Urgent Care App (Free Phone Download) #urgentcareapp

I don’t know about you, but when my kids are not feeling well I am notorious for getting online and searching for diagnosis information and I never know what I can trust and what I cannot trust.

I will call some of my girl friends and run the symptoms by them, in some cases, to see if they have ever experienced certain symptoms with their kids, etc.

Little did I know, there is a trusty app I can be using. urgent care app #urgentcareapp The free GreatCall Urgent Care app allows you to:

  • Have one-touch access to a live nurse or doctor for advice 24/7
  • Get health-related assessments, general health information, diagnosis or even a prescription
  • Have access to an easy-to-understand medical dictionary
  • Research your symptoms with the medical symptom checker tool.

It’s particularly convenient to use this tool when:

  • You simply don’t have time to run to the doctor,
  • You need medical advice when your physician or Urgent Care is closed or unavailable
  • You don’t feel totally comfortable discussing your symptoms in person with your normal doctor
  • You want to save money. (The app is free, and calls are only $3.99. Much less expensive than a doctor’s bill or co-pay!)
  • You have a quick on-set of symptoms

Um, that is a pretty valuable mommy solution! Can I get an Amen?

Join us today for a Twitter Party to learn all about this amazing app that gives you medical information at your fingertips. Whenever and wherever you are! If you miss the party, no worries. You can go back and search the hashtag on Twitter to see all of the awesome conversation about this free app.

Twitter Party:

Date/Time: Tuesday, October 29th at 11am-12pm PDT
Hashtag: #UrgentCareApp

Want to download the app? Get it at the iTunes Store or on Google Play.

Giveaway ($25 iTunes or Google Play Giftcard)

To celebrate the Twitter Party and this awesome app, I am giving away a $25 iTunes or Google Play giftcard.

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Get this app for your phone either through Google Play or through iTunes. You can gain more information about this app and the other apps that GreatCall has to offer by visiting their website. You can also connect with them on Facebook, Twitter, and YouTube.   Feel free to read my disclosure here.

Our Favorite Bedtime Story (And an OshKosh B’Gosh Giveaway)

Post and giveaway sponsored by OshKosh B’gosh, but all opinions are my own. Please see below for additional disclosure.


We are a family that reads. I have shelves and shelves of books. I collect them and love them.  I have always loved reading to my kids.

When my oldest was little, his favorite bedtime story was Brown Bear Brown Bear (What Do You See).  We loved to read it together. Then at the end we would go through all of the animals super fast. Faster than the time before. Brown bear, yellow duck, blue horse….

He would tell me, “Faster, Mommy. Faster.”.

This book is still a favorite on my shelf.

With my youngest little guy his absolute favorite book is Good Night Moon. He LOVES this story. I was always sad that none of my other kids loved this book. And then when Matthew was about two we checked it out from the library and renewed it every three weeks for a year.

Needless to say we own it now.

He loves to find the mouse over and over again on every page as though it is his first time to hear the story.

Now Good Night Moon is a book we all enjoy together with Matthew.

Likely you have a favorite story you love to read to your kids over and over again.

United Through Reading Military Program

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OshKosh B’gosh is proud to help military families stay connected with our partnership of the United Through Reading® Military Program. This unique program allows deployed parents to read children’s books aloud via DVD for their child to watch at home.

How to Support and Share

  • Donate $1, $5 or $8 at checkout (online & in-stores) with your OshKosh B’gosh baby or kids clothes purchase! Donating $8 buys one book and DVD set for one military family.
  • Feel free to donate directly at
  • Create a bookmark that will be sent to United Through Reading families. Take the bookmark to your local OshKosh store thru July 7 and the stores will mail them to United Through Reading.
  • Find a store near you.


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$50 OshKosh Giftcard Giveaway

Would you like to win a $50 gifttcard to OshKosh? Use the Rafflecopter widget below to enter.

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Disclosure Statement
OshKosh B’gosh partnered with bloggers such as me to help promote United Through Reading.  As part of the program, I received a gift card. OshKosh B’gosh believes that consumers and bloggers are free to form their own opinions and share them in their own words, and therefore did not tell me what to purchase or what to say about the products I used. OshKosh B’gosh policies align with WOMMA Ethics Code, FTC guidelines and social media engagement recommendations. The winner of any giveaway in this program will be randomly chosen and gift card fulfillment will be handled by a third party.