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Note From “Annoyed Neighbor” Did Not Ruin My Camping Family Fun

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Who knows the exhaustion of camping with young kids? From finding the loads of gear in storage, to buying all the groceries and packing them into the cooler, to fitting all your crap into the vehicle, to driving to the destination, to setting up the tent, a ‘fun’ family camping trip can be one of the most labor intensive ‘holidays’ of the year.

And even though washing the dishes in plastic bins amid your greasy ponytail and dirty fingernails might not sound like a dream vacation, the kids always love it.

MORE: 5 Tips For Fun Family Camping Trips

I recently returned from a fun-filled camping trip with my family-of-five. And while I definitely need a vacation after the vacation, we truly had the greatest time up at Alice Lake in beautiful British Columbia, Canada.

Since my kids are young (3, 5 & 8), I was busy from day to night with cooking, cleaning up, trips to the beach, bike rides and outdoor craft projects.

So one can imagine my shock to receive a nasty note from my next door camping neighbor.

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Awkward Family Vacation Photos

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HerScoop is headed to holidayland.

And before our big departure (sorry no posts again until Tuesday), we’d like to share a little bit of vacation magic with you all.

In continuation of celebrate peoples’ awkwardness, let’s take a look at some hilarious holiday family photos.

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Review: Baby Jogger’s New City Lite Stands Up To It’s Name

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Looking for a stroller that is simple to use, light-weight and takes up little space?

Baby Jogger’s City Lite may be just what you’re looking for!

As you may know, I’m a big fan of Baby Jogger’s City Select double stroller and their light-weight umbrella stroller Vue. And after using the newly released summer stroller – City Lite - for the past month, I have to say that I love Baby Jogger!

Now that I have an almost 2-year old and an 8-month old baby, I haven’t needed a double stroller that often. Either I let my toddler walk/run and push my youngest, or I restrain my first-born and carry my second-born in the baby carrier.

What I like most about the City Lite is how light-weight it is. Weighing only 16 pounds, I can easily carry it in one hand along with a few bags of groceries. The frame is sturdy, and yet it doesn’t take up a lot of space in my vehicle or my home. The dimensions of the City Lite folded is 30” x 11” x 23”.  Heck, my 23-month old daughter can even push it down the sidewalk with ease.  Not bad for an everyday stroller!

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Giveaway: Diono RadianRXT Car Seat ($349)

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Diono car seats, Convertible boosters, storage solutions, stroller and travel accessories consistently earn high ratings from industry experts and families worldwide.

Diono’s Radian®RXT car seats are designed with your child’s security and safety as top priorities. Premium materials and thoughtful safety features like a steel alloy frame, aluminum reinforced side walls, energy absorbing EPS foam, and a five-point harness put your mind at ease as your little one stays safe and sound. The reinforced adjustable head support provides additional side impact protection.

Key Features:

  • Full steel frame and aluminum reinforced sides for unmatched safety.
  • Comfortably seats rear-facing children from 5-45 lbs, forward-facing children from 20 – 80 lbs in a 5-point harness, then converts to a booster for children up to 120 lbs.
  • Unique SuperLATCH system that makes installation easy.
  • It also fits 3 across in most mid-size vehicles, folds flat for travel and is FAA certified.
  • Booster mode from 50 – 120 lbs (40 to 57 inches).
  • NCAP crash tested, the industry benchmark for verifying child seat performance in severe accident conditions.

We are giving awayDiono RadianRXT car seat to one lucky winner (value: $349)!

One easy way to enter:

a Rafflecopter giveaway
This contest ends Wednesday, July 30 at 7:00 pm EST. This giveaway is open to Canada & U.S. residents only. Good luck! *contest rules*

Congratulations to the winner of our UV Skinz giveaway: Linda!
Congratulations to the winner of our MAM giveaway: Liberty!
Congratulations to the winner of our Joovy giveaway: Tracy!

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Giveaway: Belly Bandit Mother Tucker Prize Pack ($140)

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Don’t nip it or suck it, simply Mother Tuck-It.

Belly Bandit has a new line of shape wear unrivaled by anything you have ever experienced. Dress and compress and you’ll dress to impress with their Mother Tucker® Compression line.

Some of our favorite celebrity moms are loving this new line of shapewear!

“Loving my Mother Tucker compression leggings by Belly Bandit – LOVE, LOVE!” –Nancy O’Dell

 

“Belly Bandit’s Mother Tucker compression tank gave me the support and confidence I needed to get back into my pre-baby clothes.” – Christina Applegate

 

“These Mother Tucker leggings by Belly Bandit are the best – I take them everywhere with me.” – Lisa Ling

We are giving away a Mother Tucker Scoop Neck tank and the Mother Tucker Leggings to one lucky reader (total value: $140)!

Also exclusive to our readers is a 10% discount off both of these items. All you have to do is enter coupon code CBS10 at checkout (offer valid until Aug. 11).

Mother Tucker Leggings (value: $69.95):

Now you can get a leg up on looking trim and toned with the Mother Tucker® compression leggings. A surgical free way to smooth your tummy and thighs while giving your butt that added boost. A wardrobe essential that shapes and supports you from the waist down!

  • Tummy-flattening center with additional layer of compression
  • 3 targeted compression zones shape your belly, butt and thighs
  • 360° of compression
  • Smoothes “muffin top”
  • Seamless, breathable knit
  • Holds its shape wash after wash

Mother Tucker Scoop Neck ($69.95):

Mother Tucker® uses a soft tubular knit, designed with three zones of varying compression. The center section – with the most compression – flattens your tummy, promoting a slimmer silhouette. The 3″ anti-roll bottom applies muffinology™ technology to help smooth your “muffin top”, while the upper section provides the perfect amount of support; helping to eliminate that squeezed feeling.

  • Smoothes “muffin top”
  • Tummy-flattening center
  • Three-inch anti-roll bottom
  • Hold its shape, wash after wash
  • Three targeted compression zones
  • Seamless, breathable knit
  • Perfect alone or under clothes

One easy way to enter:

a Rafflecopter giveaway

This contest ends Saturday, August 9 at 12 a.m. EST. This giveaway is open to Canada & U.S. residents only. Good luck! *contest rules*

Congratulations to the winner of our Storksak giveaway: Rachele!
Congratulations to the winner of our Bravado Designs giveaway: Bailey!
Congratulations to the winner of our Konfidence giveaway: Sharon!
Congratulations to the winner of our Itzy Ritzy giveaway: Jolan!

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Life Lessons From Famous Failures

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Some of the world’s most successful people were failures.

From Michael Jordan, to Steve Jobs, to Oprah Winfrey, take a look at this inspirational lineup of ‘famous failures.’

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While their initial efforts were unsuccessful, as the saying goes, “If you’ve never failed, you’ve never tried anything new.”

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