Let’s Live Out Loud in 2013 {$100 Value Shout Giveaway}

It’s a New Year and all the more reason to seize the moment, get a little dirty and live life out loud without the fear of making a mess. As you may remember from last year, I have taken on the task of helping Shout® Reprogram America by starting with my family. Seizing the moment is a great 2013 resolution to make for yourself or for your family! So, this year, let’s live for the moment, live to get dirty and live out loud!

bowling with kids

Live for the Moment

How many ways are you connected to technology throughout the day?  If you are like us technology is literally at your fingertips every moment. Our cell phones, tablets, computer, hand held games and mp3 players can quite literally engulf our lives and become major time sucks. I never thought I would have a 2 year old who is proficient with using the iPad but I do. While all of this technology is certainly beneficial and helps us in more ways than one, it can truly take us away from time well spent. I often wonder how much I am missing out on while trying to capture the perfect picture of my kids while they have their firsts. For instance, we traveled to the bowling alley last weekend because Graham really wanted to show us what he had learned in PE class the week before. This was Davis’s very first bowling experience and I wanted to capture every moment. What I learned is that I was missing out on the fun and quickly put my phone away. That is when my new challenge to myself began to take one picture and then lock the phone away in my purse!

Live Out Loud!

This one is probably the easiest one for us to accomplish. I feel like I am confident in who I am and my goal is to help the boys be completely confident in their own skin and live life in a way that is a celebration of who they are! I guess the important part of this for me is to constantly remember it is ok to tell others “No” and that it is ok to not punish myself for things I’ve done wrong in the past. I need to be more accepting of the fact that we all, including myself, make mistakes and to learn from them and move on. Maybe we all could use a dose of that in our lives?

Live to Get Dirty

This one has been very hard for my husband. He is a self-proclaimed neat freak and getting dirty or letting the boys get super messy is just not his idea of fun. You guys already know where I stand on this and for some reason planned messiness is easier for me than unplanned. For example, Davis has a really bad habit of getting messy when we are out to eat and then wiping his hands on my shirt or grabbing onto my shirt. I cringe every time!  What I realized is that before long he is no longer going to be clinging to me. One day he will likely not want to be around me that much for fear I will embarrass him. So, while he may be getting my sleeves grubby, my resolution is to love those messy little fingers and all of the stains that come with them! shout wipes

While you are getting dirty, make sure you are stocked up on my favorite Shout® essentials! The Shout® Wipes are always in my purse (ready for sticky finger sleeve stains) and I keep the Shout® Trigger in the bottom drawer of the washer for easy access when the boys have had tons of fun outdoors! Oh, and did I mention that Ketchup is Davis’s best friend?! You know what that means. You can participate in our commitment to Reprogram America for Fun with Shout® on their Facebook page. Shout® is asking you to take another look at how you live your day to day lives with their Reprogramming America for Fun App. A fun video incorporates your pictures and name in order to motivate you to live life out loud! It is a lot of fun and worth sharing with your friends. You can also submit photos of yourself and your family seizing the moment!

Also trying to live in the moment is Olympian Jennie Finch (mother of three)! I had the honor of asking her a few questions a few weeks ago about her family and traditions. Check them out!

Interview with Olympian Jennie Finch

1. During the winter months, what is your #1 way to let loose and have fun with your boys?

We have been having a ball this winter whether it’s arts and crafts or cooking. Making and doing for others has been a theme. I let their little minds run and create. Thanks to Shout®, we can handle any stain whether it’s from outside or in the kitchen.

2. What are some of your favorite holiday traditions that you and your family did this year?

I loved getting the entire family involved in cooking some of our favorite recipes; there is nothing better than enjoying some of our favorite foods and goodies from our childhood and making it with the ones we love. Also, the kids loved decorating our Christmas tree – it melted my heart when Ace, my oldest boy who is 6, showed his siblings how to “properly” decorate the tree.

3. I am also the mother to two little boys and have dreamed of having a little girl! Tell us about how you are preparing for a girl and managing three kids aged 6 and under?

To be honest, I don’t think there is really anyway to prepare. We are going to take it day by day and soak it all up. It’s going to be a challenge that’s for sure, but there is nothing better than family and we feel so very blessed. My 6 year old is such a big help, it will be a challenge having two little ones close in age but we couldn’t be any more excited about the challenge!

Now, in order to get crafty with your kids, Shout® would like to provide one Go Graham Go reader with a Crafty Shout® Prize Pack valued at $100 which includes:

Assortment of board games including Life, Jenga and Monopoly

Shout® branded calendar

Decorative stickers

Shout® Trigger

Shout® Wipes 

Here’s How to Win:

1. Go to the Shout® Reprogramming America Facebook app and click on the Get Reprogrammed button to create your own custom “Reprogramming America for Fun” video. Then leave a comment on this blog post answering the question, “What changes will you make to seize the moment (even if it means getting messy) and live life out loud?”

This Giveaway ends 1/28 at 5pm PT.

This post is part of a campaign sponsored by Shout®. These are my honest opinions on the product as well as own ideas. I do not post reviews on products I cannot stand behind. Please see my Terms of Use for more info.


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About Felicia

Felicia Carter is founder and managing editor of Go Grow Go. Her philosophy is to simplify, save, grow and go! Her home is generally full of DIY projects, crafts, yummy baked goods and lots of love. Felicia is also a wife, mom of 2 boys and nationally certified counselor. You can always find her near the chocolate or the coffee pot.

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  1. play with my girls outside

  2. Make lots of yummy treats in the kitchen and not worry about the mess. Messes can be cleaned up but the memories will last forever!

  3. Betty Baez says:

    By trying new messy recipes and projects with the little ones worry about the messes at the end of the day 😉

  4. We are painting more this year! More messy crafts! 🙂

  5. That video was cute! I need to do more messy art projects with the kids I hate messes but kids love it so I need to let go!

  6. Honestly, I am always trying to spend more time with them and “unconnect” from tech. I like to use it to keep in TOUCH and make MEMORIES. But don’t enjoy how technology can keep us from experiencing real life. So I am pinning craft ideas and trip ideas to take and make with the boys this summer. It will be all about them.

  7. I did it, it was fun! I will try to take more time for my kids to appreciate them at their current ages.

  8. Tabathia B says:

    To be more creative and have fun when doing arts and crafts with the kids and not stress out over the mess

  9. Stephanie V. says:

    I will roll in the mud with my little boy!

  10. I will work with my son to create a garden this spring, and try not to freak out if we find a worm!

  11. play outside, don’t be afraid to play in the mud
    Thank you for hosting this giveaway

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  12. Cute video! I will try not to cover my kids in paper towels when we go eat beignets! Let the powdered sugar fly!

  13. Katherine says:

    Play in the sandbox with them, help them make their dirt roads for their little cars in the dirt pile even after it rains~

  14. i will try to remember “its only dirt” and that most things can be cleaned up!

  15. I will go camping with my kids and not worry about them getting dirty.

  16. Christine says:

    I will learn to let loose more often, smile more often and spend more time with my kids outdoors.
    Thanks for the chance!

  17. Eileen Burke says:

    I will play more with my kids outside (as soon as it warms up!)

  18. Spend more time with my grandson than worrying about house chores.
    jofo120 at yahoo dot com

  19. kristen m says:

    I will go outside and get dirty and not worry so much about getting dirt under my nails and all over my clothes!
    blue65829 at aol dot com

  20. Appreciate the time I get to spend with my boyfriend on the weekends and really spend quality time together

  21. Amanda K. says:

    Spend more time with my family outside. We used to always have picnics, and I’d like to pick that up again.

  22. Michelle Tucker says:

    I plan on making some snow angels and getting as dirty as possible. Woot. I loved my reprogram:)
    michelletucker at baconnation dot net

  23. I’m going to be willing to get dirty more often. I’m always trying to prevent dirt from getting in the house!

  24. Angela Cisco says:

    Spend some time with the kids and play in the snow.

  25. susan smoaks says:

    I am going to have fun even if i means that I am going to make a mess and have to clean it up later on!

  26. We will spend more time out doors even if it means getting messy.

  27. Lisa Garner says:

    I completed the get reprogrammed video and it was fun seeing a pie thrown in my face and then getting myself cleaned in the washing machine lol. One change I would to seize the moment is not constantly picking up after my daughter everyday and instead enjoy more of that time playing with where and save cleaning up our mess until the day is over.
    lisalmg25 at gmail dot com

  28. lilshuga2001 says:

    try some fingerpainting and getting hands on with the kiddos in the kitchen!

  29. Dawn Reid says:

    Let them use their building blocks that are dumped everywhere and enjoy the smiles on their faces as I laugh at the mess

  30. Rachel Ellis says:

    I’m going to let the kids do crafts that are messy! I usually stay clear of the messy ones!

  31. Letting my kids decided what were going to do each Sunday. That is spontaneous. 🙂

  32. Laurie Emerson says:

    I am going to stop worrying so much about messes and just let my children be creative as messes can always be cleaned up.

  33. Everyonce in a while I will let the boys play outside after it rains!

  34. Suzie Williams says:

    Worrying less about messes like finger paint.

  35. Amanda Hoffman says:

    worrying less about what my boy eats with his good clothes on

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