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An Intro to Oils for Newbies

I received a Young Living starter kit & diffuser to test out and to facilitate my post. I was not compensated monetarily for this post, and all opinions are honest and are my own.

Over the past few years, more and more of my friends have jumped on the essential oils train. I’ve seen Facebook posts galore of how various oils have helped them or their kids with a variety of illnesses or issues. I’ve dabbled in using essential oils a tiny bit, and my main experience with them (peppermint & eucalyptus rolled on my temples during a bout of migraine headaches) was positive. That being said, I am largely clueless when it comes to the vast world of essential oils.

My friend Tiffany is one of the aforementioned friends who I’ve seen posting about oils on Facebook. She and her family (she’s married and has two elementary-aged kiddos – see their adorable family below) use Young Living oils for all sorts of different things, and I’ve been amazed at some of the ways in which oils have helped them out.

I’ve got to admit, though – there’s always going to be a part of me that’s skeptical about something until I’ve tried it for myself. I know for a fact that the peppermint and eucalyptus oils really did help my pain management during my migraines, but that’s just two oils and one malady. I’ve been really curious to try the oils out and see what I think about them.

Tiffany was awesome and sent me a Young Living premium starter kit to test drive quite a few different oils for myself. Since I’m so new to the oily world, and maybe some of you are a lot like me, I thought it’d be helpful to do a couple of posts as I give this all a try. You can learn along with me! You can see at the top of this post a photo of what all came in the kit I received.

Part of my hesitance to try essential oils is that it can seem overwhelming, honestly. There’s so much to learn! This first post will break down a bit of info about oils in the starter kit – Tiffany sends out an email each day with some tidbits of information for the first 14 days, and it’s been a really practical and easy way for me to ease into the world of EO’s. I thought I’d share one way you can use each oil from the kit.

  • Peppermint – Mix with water and witch hazel to create a cooling spray.
  • Lavender – Make a linen spray to use on your pillows before bed.
  • Lemon – Add lemon to your moisturizer to help clarify skin & reduce the appearance of blemishes (lemon is photosensitive so apply it 12+ hours before going out into the sun).
  • Frankincense – (this is one I was pretty clueless about other than knowing it was a gift from the wise men at Jesus’ birth!) Tiffany said she makes her own face serum with Frankincense and Lavender for a healthy glow and to minimize the appearance of wrinkles.
  • Copaiba – (pronounced co-pie-ee-ba – I had never even heard of this one before) Mix with honey and warm water to create a post workout tea.
  • DiGize – Make a tummy roller with equal parts DiGize and Peppermint.  Use it anytime you have sour stomach or after you’ve eaten too much good food!  Roll it on and rub it in.
  • Thieves – Use thieves mouthwash or toothpaste to naturally support oral health (Tiffany says thieves is one of her very favorite oils).
  • RC – Pop on a roller top and roll along sinus passages (I’m really excited to try this one because my sinuses have been bugging me with all the crazy Texas weather).
  • Panaway – Apply to shoulders to promote relaxation after a stressful day (I’m looking forward to trying this one too, because I tend to have tension in my neck and shoulders at the end of the day).
  • Purification – Freshen your stinky shoes, diaper pail, trash can, litter box, or anything that stinks with a little purification dropped on a cotton ball and placed inside.
  • Stress Away – Roll it on your wrists and neck to help relieve stress and nervousness.
  • Ningxia Red – The wolfberry, which is the primary ingredient in Ningxia Red, is one of the most nutrient-dense foods on the planet. Drink one ounce a day to help with energy and mental clarity.

Another thing that was included in the starter kit was a checklist that I think is a genius way to figure out what oils you’ll use most in your day-to-day life. You check off items you use, and then on the carbon copy page below you’ll see the corresponding oils you can use to replace the products you’ve used so far.

I’m really thankful to Tiffany for the emails she sent. I feel like they provided me with a great foundation to start with, and along with the information in the starter kit I am armed with a ton of knowledge.

If you have questions about any of the oils or would like to get your own premium starter kit, I can’t encourage you enough to get in touch with Tiffany (connect with her on Facebook and she’ll add you to an awesome informational group). She is passionate about essential oils, and she’s a truly genuine person – so you’ll get nothing but the truth from her. She can help you figure out which oils would be great for you to start with. Click here for a link to her site if you’d like to browse through all the Young Living offerings – I can’t wait to try some of the cleaning products!

I’ll be back with another post next week updating you on my opinions and experiences with the oils so keep an eye out! In the meantime – we’re setting up the diffuser in our bedroom tonight and I’m excited to see how I sleep with lavender in the air!

When Sick Gets Real on Road Trips

This post has been sponsored by Pfizer Consumer Healthcare. All thoughts and opinions are my own.

I’ll never forget a particular road trip we took to Fort Worth, Texas a little over six years ago. We drove in for the day to attend an event and planned to just drive back late that same night, so we decided we didn’t really need to bring much with us. J was almost 4, and C was a little over 2, so we didn’t even have to bring a huge diaper bag with us – we just brought a few diapers and a pack of wipes and thought we were good to go!

We made it through the day without incident, and decided to grab dinner before we hit the road. Brian was holding C as we waited to order, and then… sick got real. It got real all over C and ALL over Brian. The amazing employees told us they would handle clean up, but then we were left to figure out how to clean up Brian & C. We hadn’t brought any clothes, so we had to run to the store to buy replacement clothes, paper towels, a bucket, and some Children’s Advil® for his fever that seemed to pop up out of nowhere!

I won’t lie, that night was pretty rough (especially for Brian, who bore the brunt of the … sick – ew!). We’re so thankful we were near a Target and could run in for the supplies we needed, but we also learned how important it is to be prepared.

Whether it’s a day trip or a long cross-country trek we always travel with basic kids’ medicine. Children’s Advil®, Children’s Dimetapp®, Children’s Robitussin® are great to have on hand so that if sick gets real, you’re ready!

  • Children’s Advil® is a great solution for kids as young as 2 and up to 11 to ease aches and pains & to bring down fevers. Children’s Advil® comes in several flavors, including: Sugar-free Dye-free Berry, Bubble Gum, Grape, Blue Raspberry, Fruit and Dye-Free White Grape (our kids’ favorite!) flavors. There’s also Infants’ Advil® White Grape, which provides unsurpassed fever relief (among OTC pain relievers) with a syringe for easy dosing for children 6-23 months.
  • Children’s Robitussin® Extended-Release 12 Hour Cough Relief is awesome to have on hand for controlling and relieving symptoms all day and night. Available in grape or orange flavor, for children ages 4 and up. Please note, certain Children’s Robitussin® products are only suitable for children ages 6 and up.
  • Children’s Dimetapp® Multi-Symptom Cold Relief Dye-Free eases your child’s stuffy and runny nose, while quieting a bothersome cough. All in a great-tasting grape flavor that’s dye-free, for children ages 6 and up.

Before you go: Enter this great giveaway for your chance to get a $25 virtual VISA gift card and Children’s Advil®, Children’s Dimetapp®, Children’s Robitussin® so you can be prepared for when sick gets real in your house!

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Planet Fitness Update – When Life Gets Busy

I received a membership to Planet Fitness to facilitate my path to fitness and my blog posts chronicling my progress.

It’s been longer than planned since my last post. We traveled over 4,400 miles in April for a wedding one weekend and a funeral the next. April did not end up looking like we thought it would. Have you had months like that?

Before we left for all our travels I headed in to work out at Planet Fitness. I’ve discovered the 30-minute express circuit, and it is perfect for busy working moms like me.

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In the 30-minute circuit, you alternate between aerobic activity on steps and various weight machines. There are 10 strength machines and 10 cardio-step stations. It’s SO easy to stay on track – there’s a light in the area that switches from red to green. When the light is red, you rest & switch to your next station, and when it’s green you work out at that station until it turns red again.

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I love that the circuit works a variety of muscles, and fits in aerobics as well. At the end of 30 minutes, you will have completed the circuit and received a full-body workout. When I tried the circuit on my own for the first time, I just did a basic step at each of the cardio-step stations. I signed up for a personal training appointment and learned how to make the most of my aerobic time. The trainer was great and showed me something different to do at each station. It’s a lot more work, but my Apple watch let me know I burned a lot more calories, too! If you are a member at Planet Fitness – or plan to join soon – be sure and take advantage of the personal trainer. It’s a FREE service, so you’re only losing out if you don’t give it a try.

I’m looking forward to going back to Planet Fitness tomorrow and getting back on track with my fitness goals after a rollercoaster month. I’ve got to say, though, that my crazy month really hammered home how great it is that Planet Fitness is affordable. At just $20 for the Black Card membership, even if I’m only able to make it to work out 4 times one month I am still getting my money’s worth (and of course there’s the less expensive $10/month option, too).

It didn’t work out for our trips because of the extremely quick nature of each one, but it’s also great to know how many locations there are around the country. If you’re out of town for work or even for a vacation you can still get in your workout!

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ALSO – Don’t miss out on this awesome deal that’s good through May 12. Right now you can join Planet Fitness for just $5 down (& then of course it’s just $10/month for a regular membership. Find your nearest location here!

Olay Review – My 28-Day Study Results!

This is a compensated post with Olay through Acorn Influence. All opinions in this post are honest and are my own.

Guys. I’m 35. I seriously don’t know how that happened, because it feels like just yesterday that I was 25, but life in my mid-thirties is pretty great, so I’m embracing it!

What I’m not embracing? Wrinkles. I’m all about taking good care of my skin – taking measures to reduce any wrinkles I’ve gotten so far, and using products to help prevent future wrinkles as much as possible.

When I heard about Olay’s SkinAdvisor tool, I jumped all over trying it out. I always love taking quizzes on Facebook to get insight into my personality, and the idea of taking an assessment to get a better feel for my skin needs is right up my alley.

If you’d like to try it out for yourself (which I highly recommend – I loved it), here’s how: On your movile device, visit https://skinadvisor.olay.com.

  • Snap a photo of yourself (without makeup on!) and upload it to the site.
  • Skin Advisor will analyze your color, eye lines, wrinkles, and more – giving you an age estimate. Then it gives you specific product recommendations for your skincare needs for you to purchase at Walmart. SO easy!

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Two of the products recommended for me were the Olay Regenerist Cream Cleanser and the Olay Eyes Pro Retinol Eye Treatment. I love that the products were easy to find at my local Walmart! And I’ll tell you up front – I am not a person who has the patience for a lengthy skin-care regimen. I need something quick and simple if I’m going to stick with it. So I loved that the SkinAdvisor took that into account and recommended products easy to fit into my routine.

Here’s a quick video about my thoughts:

I’ve been really happy with the results. As far as the cream cleanser goes, my skin is clearer after switching to Olay – this is not something I expected at all but as someone who’s struggled her whole life with breakouts it is absolutely awesome. I also feel like my complexion is a little brighter and it makes me look more energized overall.

I like the pro retinol eye treatment, too. The results have been subtle, but noticeable. I wasn’t sure how much of a change there was just looking at my day-to-day photos, but when I saw Day 1 and Day 28 I can definitely see the improvement in my eye area. I’ll be continuing to use this product too and can’t wait to see how much more those fine lines around my eyes are reduced.

Here’s my day 1 photo:

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Here’s day 14 – halfway through the study:

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And here’s my day 28 photo:

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Be sure and check out the SkinAdvisor, and head to Walmart to have access to all the Olay products. You can see product information and read other women’s 28-day study experiences on the 28 Days of Olay page, too!

Getting Fit with Planet Fitness

I received a membership to Planet Fitness to facilitate my path to fitness and my blog posts chronicling my progress.

As a full-time working, blogging, DIY-ing, mom of three kids, life is busy. A good busy, don’t get me wrong – I love my job, my blog, my hobbies, and my family. But busy is busy, and that means it’s hard to fit anything extra into my week.

I’m 35, though, and am still (ahem, 4+ years later) hanging on to some baby weight (can you still call it that 4 years later? I’m going with yes.) I know how important it is to be healthy, and that means I need to make it a priority now. I’m tracking what I eat, but diet is just one aspect of getting healthy. I want to build strength and endurance, too – and that means I need to get active.

Planet Fitness is the perfect place for a mom like me for many reasons. Number one? It’s not intimidating at all. As a non-fitness-buff person it can be a turn-off to go to a gym and feel like you don’t fit in, but Planet Fitness truly is a place for everyone. Their motto is “judgement-free zone” and they’ve really achieved that feeling.

Another reason I love Planet Fitness is the flexibility. It’s open 24 hours a day, so I can go whenever I want – before the kids wake up for the day, or after they’ve gone to bed.

Price is a big factor for me when considering a gym, too, and Planet Fitness has the most affordable pricing structure I’ve ever heard of – just $10/month for the basic plan, or $20/month for the black card (plus a once-a-year $39.99 fee). I’m trying out the black card membership, and guys, the perks really make it worth the extra $10 a month. For one thing, I can bring a guest with me every single time I go work out. Having company makes working out so much more fun, and makes me more likely to actually go. The black card membership also offers access to the hydromassage beds, massage chairs, and even tanning beds.

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I went and signed up for my membership, and every single employee I encountered seemed happy to be there and happy to help. The staff can really make or break a gym experience, and they really set the tone  that this was going to be a welcoming place to work out.

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I went the very next day for my first workout. It was a Saturday morning and it was busy but not overly crowded. I worked out on the elliptical (spoiler alert: it’s really hard to take a photo while using an elliptical – but here I am in all my blurry glory!):

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I did 30 minutes, which went by incredibly quickly because I was able to watch TV while I work out. They have TVs tuned to various channels, so I set up near HGTV and was a happy camper while I burned a decent amount of calories and got some good cardio in.

I tried out the machines on a subsequent visit, and also tested out the 30-minute circuit, which is an easy way to get strength training in for a variety of muscle groups. Brian and I even had a date night to Planet Fitness last week and had a lot of fun.

I’ll be posting once a month to let you know my progress – so check back in a couple of weeks for my first update! I’m going Thursday to meet with a (free!) personal trainer so I can get a plan tailored just for me.

Find a Planet Fitness near you – at $10 a month you can’t really justify not working out!

Sick Day Survival Kit

This post has been sponsored by Pfizer Consumer Healthcare and 20th Century Fox. All thoughts and reviews are my own.

We’ve all been there.

Your son throws up in the middle of the night. Or your daughter starts running a fever.

Sick days.

When my kids are home sick, I want them to be comforted and get plenty of rest to help them fight whatever bug it is they’re dealing with. I like to set them up on the couch (we have a sectional, and the corner spot is the coziest – and most coveted – spot, so I set them up there) with pillows and plenty of blankets. If they’re dealing with a cold, tissues and a trash can are nearby. If they’ve got a stomach bug, I give them a bucket and some clear soda to sip on and help settle their stomach.

It’s also crucial to have a plan for entertainment on sick days. I know that might sound frivolous at first – I mean, they’re sick! They should just lay on the couch quietly and rest, right?

But if you’re a parent, you know all too well the cycle that happens. They’ll start to feel a little better, and then will want to run around the house in their typical crazy fashion. Then they overdo it and feel worse than they did to begin with!

That’s why I like to have an arsenal of movies and shows to keep my kids occupied when they’re sick, so they don’t get restless and try to do more than they should. And hey, laughter is the best medicine, right?

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We’re still in the midst of cold and flu season (boo!) so it’s a great time to go ahead and put together a sick day survival kit. Here are some suggestions for items to include:

  • Medicine – we keep Children’s Advil® Suspension, Grape, Children’s Robitussin® Cough & Chest Congestion, and Children’s Dimetapp® Cough & Cold on hand.
  • Entertainment – you can find great deals on movies your kids will love, and that will take their mind off of being sick. Our kids’ current fave is Ice Age: Collision Course. I don’t know if I’ve ever heard them laugh SO much at a movie before!
  • Ice pack – keep these in the freezer. If your little one is suffering a fever, wrap an ice pack in a towel for some relief from the heat.
  • Clear soda – keep small cans on hand. This is great for settling stomachs, and a little can is the perfect size so none is wasted.
  • Heating pad – if your child gets the flu, a warm (not too hot!) heating pad can help ease any aches they’re dealing with.

Find these Pfizer Pediatrics medicines at Target to stock your Sick Day Survival Kit (click the links for the Target Cartwheel coupon offers, good through February 20!):

  • Ease those aches and pains, while reducing a child’s fever fast with Children’s Advil®, a great solution for kids as young as 2 and up to 11. Children’s Advil® comes in several great-tasting flavors, including: Sugar-free Dye-free Berry, Bubble Gum, Grape, Blue Raspberry, Fruit and Dye-Free White Grape flavors. There’s also Infants’ Advil® White Grape, which provides unsurpassed fever relief among OTC pain relievers with a syringe for easy dosing for children 6-23 months.
  • Formulated just for kids, Children’s Robitussin® Cough & Chest Congestion for ages 4+) non-drowsy daytime formula helps break up chest congestion.
  • All in a great tasting grape flavor, Children’s Dimetapp® Cold & Cough tackles a child’s most bothersome stuffy and runny noses, all while working to relieve cough, for ages 6+. 

And check out these fun 20th Century Fox DVDs for the perfect entertainment option (again,click the links for the Target Cartwheel coupon offers, good through February 20!):

  • Ice Age Collision Course: Your favorite ICE AGE heroes are back and cooler than ever in this all-new animated adventure that’s mammoth-sized fun for the whole family! Now the entire herd—including Buck, Manny, Ellie, Sid and Diego—must work together on a hilarious journey filled with nonstop action and colorful new characters, in order to survive the global Scrat-tastrophe!
  • The Peanuts Movie: Dream big and laugh along with good ol’ Charlie Brown, Snoopy, Lucy, Linus and the rest of the beloved Peanuts gang as you’ve never seen them before — in a brand-new feature film from the imagination of Charles M. Schulz and the creators of Ice Age. Join everyone’s favorite eternal optimist, Charlie Brown, as he embarks on a heroic quest, while his beagle pal Snoopy takes to the skies to pursue his archnemesis, the Red Baron. It’s a hilarious and heartwarming adventure that proves every underdog has his day!
  • The Sandlot: Tom Guiry plays Scotty Smalls, the shy new kid on the block who wants to join the rowdy pickup baseball team that plays every day in the neighborhood sandlot. The summer passes blissfully as Scotty learns to play ball under the wing of Benny Rodriguez (Mike Vitar), the oldest and best player, as well as Ham, Squints, Repeat and the rest of the kid-eccentrics. The skies darken, however, when Benny literally knocks the stuffing out of the team’s only baseball, a sign of impending doom, or worse, bad luck. Wanting to set things right, Scotty returns home and “borrows” his stepfather’s ball, which he promptly uses to hit his first home run, knocking the ball clear out of the sandlot into mean old Mr. Mertle (James Earl Jones)’s junkyard, home to Mertle’s legendary guard dog The Beast.

 

When Sick Gets Real, Pfizer Products Provide Real Relief

This post has been sponsored by Pfizer Consumer Healthcare. All thoughts and reviews are my own.

There is nothing worse than seeing your child sick. It’s just awful, and as parents of course we would do anything to help them feel better. When sick gets real, parents get proactive.

We have three kids, all of whom go to school and around other kids. This means, of course, that an immeasurable number of germs come into our home each and every day. And when one of our kids gets sick, we’re immediately on guard trying to prevent the other two from coming down with whatever bug we’re dealing with.

Right now strep is making its way around like crazy. So far we’ve managed to avoid it (knock on wood!) but we’ve definitely dealt it in the past. One time our middle son had strep but we really had no clue at first – he didn’t complain at all of a sore throat, but he had a fever and his head was hurting really badly. Thankfully we had children’s Advil to help alleviate the pain while we waited to hear back from the doctor’s office! Children’s Advil is a great solution for kids as young as 2, and up to 11 – so it’s perfect for us to have on hand for all three of our kids. It comes in several flavors, including  Sugar-free Dye-free Berry, Bubble Gum, Grape, Blue Raspberry, Fruit and Dye-Free White Grape. I personally love the color-free options, because my kids almost always drip a little medicine down the front of their shirts!  (Just FYI, moms of infants – there’s also Infants’ Advil White Grape, which provides fever relief with a syringe for easy dosing. This works great for children 6-23 months.

Of course, with it being winter, colds are also running rampant. We’re really thankful for medicines like Children’s Dimetapp and Children’s Robitussin to help relieve our kids’ miserable cold symptoms when they hit! Children’s Robitussin Extended-Release 12 Hour Cough Relief controls and relieves symptoms all day or all night. It’s available in grape or orange flavor, and works well for children ages 4 and up. (Please note, certain Children’s Robitussin products are only suitable for children ages 6 and up so I am always sure to read the box for instructions). Another great option is Children’s Dimetapp Multi-Symptom Cold Relief Dye-Free, which eases your child’s stuffy and runny nose and quiets a bothersome cough. The Children’s Dimetapp comes in a great-tasting grape flavor that’s dye-free, for children ages 6 and up.

*Note, bolded because this is important: Remember to always read and keep the cartons for complete warnings and dosing information on Pfizer Pediatric products and to use as directed.

Find out more information on the Sick Just Got Real site and Facebook page.

 

Keeping Cool During Cold Season

This post has been sponsored by Pfizer Consumer Healthcare.

We are in the midst of winter, and I think we all know what that brings. Yes, beautiful snowy vistas (if you don’t live in Texas, that is), but also: cold and flu season.

The symptoms of a cold can range from uncomfortable to pretty debilitating! If you’ve ever tried working through a cold you know how hard it can be to concentrate due to the pain. And of course the flu is even worse, with aches and pain all over.

When your cold and flu symptoms become too much to handle, Advil Cold & Sinus is the number one pharmacist-recommended brand. It combines Advil, of course, which is the number one selling pain reliever, with a powerful nasal decongestant. It provides fast, powerful relief when you need it most. Just ask for it at the pharmacy counter!

You might just be able to stock up on Advil Cold & Sinus, chicken noodle soup and anything else you’ll need to make it through cold season – Pfizer is graciously providing a $25 VISA gift card for me to give away! Just enter via Rafflecopter below.

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Bath Time is Extra Fun With Suave, Frozen, & Star Wars!

This is a compensated post, but all opinions are honest and my own. Post sponsored by Mirum Shopper. All opinions are my own.

When it comes to bathtime for kids, it can end up being a chore for both parents and kids. If you’ve ever heard your child whine, “Do I have to take a bath?” you’re not alone, my friend. Anything we can find to make bathtime more fun ends up making it easier on us.

We have three kids, as most of you already know – two boys and one girl. With this particular mix, we definitely have a healthy balance of princesses and dart guns in our play area. Our boys love Star Wars (they come by it honestly – my husband does, too), and my daughter is pretty obsessed with Frozen, as are almost all other 3-year-old girls (she’d totally be Elsa, by the way – she tells us this every time we watch the movie).

When we can combine things the kids love and bathtime, it’s a win-win, so we were pretty excited to discover the new Suave Kids – DISNEY FROZEN & Suave Kids Star Wars bath products at Walmart.

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It really couldn’t be a more perfect fit for our family. The boys immediately started debating on whether we needed the Kylo Ren or BB-8 body wash/shampoo (Kylo Ren won out, in case you’re wondering). And our daughter knew immediately that she had to have the Elsa shampoo/conditioner.

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Both products smell great – the Star Wars body wash/shampoo has an apple scent, and the Frozen shampoo/conditioner is berry scented.

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As a parent, I love these products because they’re fun for my kids and they have the same great Suave quality I have known of for decades. They’re tear-free and hypoallergenic. They’re easy to rinse off, and residue-free, making bath time safe and easy for kiddos!

Since we’ve been talking about bath-time fun, I thought I’d share two great ideas that are SO easy, and that your kids will love:

•For Star Wars fans – buy some glow sticks (they’re SO inexpensive), activate them, and turn out the lights for some epic adventures!

•For Frozen fans – add shaving cream to the bathtub and you’ve got an instant “frozen” wonderland with tons of “snow” to play with!

 

Poise Impressa® Bladder Supports Let Your Holidays be Merry and Bright!

This post is sponsored by Acorn on behalf of Poise. All thoughts and opinions are honest and are my own.

The holidays are almost upon us (ahem… we may have already started decorating. I may be writing this post by the lights of our Christmas tree) and that means we’re entering my favorite time of the year. I absolutely love all the fun opportunities there are for making memories with my family!

As moms, we’re often the hubs of the family activities, aren’t we? Especially during the holidays, we’re coordinating schedules, planning fun outings and crafts, and keeping things running smoothly (all while ordering cards, shopping for gifts, and planning the menu for Christmas dinner).

Some of my friends with kids who have an issue, though – one that can distract them from all the holiday fun. It’s something really common that you might have encountered too: bladder leakage. It’s not something people really want to talk about, but if you’re stressing as your cousin tells a hilarious story because you don’t want to laugh too hard, you know that it’s a very real thing that can hamper holiday memory-making.

No more, friends. If this is an issue you’re dealing with, there’s a super easy solution. Just head to Walmart and get a Poise Impressa Sizing Kit (or order one online here). Once you figure out which size is right for you, you’ll be all set to have discreet protection against worry. Laugh all you want, bake all you want, wrap gifts all you want – do it all without thinking twice, because Impressa’s got your back.

If you’re looking for some easy – and fun – holiday activities, look no further! Something as simple as going to look at lights can be really special, if you approach it the right way. For example:

  • Line the car seats with cozy fleece blankets, and have extra blankets and pillows for each car rider.
  • Have everyone (you too, Mom & Dad) wear pajamas.
  • Pack a travel mug of coffee or hot chocolate for everyone, complete with peppermint for an added Christmas flavor.
  • Bring along popcorn, cookies, and/or candy for the kids to have a special treat while you drive around.
  • Have a Christmas music playlist ready to go for background music.
  • Get a cheap pair of binoculars and let the kids take turns looking at houses up close and personal!
  • Play a version of BINGO, having the kids look for various decorations (i.e. inflatable snowman).

Whether you’re looking at Christmas lights, baking cookies, wrapping gifts, or laughing your head off at a family gathering, Impressa will let you do it all without a second thought. Celebrate with confidence, and make memories you’ll cherish for a lifetime.

Keep Kids Confident & Clean with Cottonelle

Motherhood is messy. That first diaper change in the hospital is just an introduction to many, many more messes to come. When your littles are potty training, there are bound to be accidents (unless you’ve got some super secret potty training skill – and if you do, please share!) to clean. And even once your kiddos have gotten bathroom trips down and go on their own, you’ve still got to keep an eye on them to make sure they’re getting completely clean.

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Cottonelle FreshCare Flushable Cleansing Cloths are a perfect tool for moms to have in our arsenal for all those messy moments so you can experience a more confident clean. The cloths feature SafeFlush Technology™, so they start to break down immediately after flushing. They’re effective, alcohol-free, and are sewer- and septic-safe. They’re great for everyone in the family – not just kids!

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Sam’s Club has a great deal on the cloths, so we stopped by to get stocked up. Right now you can save $3.00 instantly to get an even better deal!

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Teaching Healthy Sun Care Habits – #MimicMommy

This post was sponsored by Neutrogena as part of an influencer activation for The Motherhood. I received complimentary products to facilitate my review. All opinions are honest and are my own.

It may just be May, but it’s basically been summer in Texas for weeks now. With the abundant sunshine comes lots of time outside, whether it’s in our yard, on a walk around the neighborhood, at baseball practice or one of the many other places we end up.

Being outside and enjoying sunny days is great, but it also means we need to take precautions to protect our skin – and especially our kiddos’ skin! Did you know that despite all we know about sun protection, skin cancer continues to be a health epidemic in the U.S.?  On average, more than 350 Americans are diagnosed with skin cancer every hour – even though skin cancer is one of the most preventable cancers.

We talk to our kids about the importance of sunscreen, but the best way to really get them to buy in to sunscreen is by example. Studies show that kids are more likely to adopt healthy habits, like applying sunscreen, if they see their moms applying it on themselves. Sparking this simple, healthy behavior change early on may help reduce the likelihood of developing skin cancer later in life.

I am completely committed to instilling safe sun behaviors in the next generation of children, so I always make sure my kids see me applying sunscreen on myself first to set the right example. I can remember having a couple of painful sunburns as a kid, and I don’t want them to have to go through that – both because of the pain and because of the long-term damage it can inflict upon their skin.

We went to the Texas Rangers game (the craaaazy one with the punch) – and with all the antics going on, we ended up being out in the sun for almost 4 hours. We used our Neutrogena sunscreen to protect our skin and keep us from getting sunburned while we rooted for the Rangers!

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Because of how important I think skin health is, I’ve partnered up with Neutrogena, the #1 Dermatologist Recommended skincare brand, to help spread the word about teaching our children skin protection – and in particular, being an example for kids with our own sunscreen usage.

Neutrogena has a variety of sunscreen options, and it’s great for our family. I love the UltraSheer Dry-Touch Sunscreen. It has a high SPF, and it’s so lightweight – not heavy and greasy like so many sunscreens! The kids love the CoolDry Sport because it’s so easy for them to apply (note – if you let your kids do their own sunscreen, closely supervise to make sure they get good coverage!) and this summer I know we’ll adore having the Wet Skin Kids Sunscreen Spray while we’re at the beach.

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My sister-in-law loves the Pure & Free Baby sunscreen for my nephew – so we’re all covered… literally!

Head over to Neutrogena Choose Skin Health for more information – and check out Neutrogena’s FacebookTwitter and Instagram for more skin health care tips.

Now it’s your turn to show how you #ChooseSkinHealth by getting your kids to #MimicMommy! Three lucky winners will receive a set of Neutrogena sunscreens for the whole family!

For Moms:
Neutrogena Ultra Sheer Dry-Touch Sunscreen Broad Spectrum SPF 100+
Neutrogena CoolDry Sport Sunscreen Stick Broad Spectrum SPF 50+

For Kids:
Neutrogena Pure & Free Baby Sunscreen Lotion Broad Spectrum SPF 60+
Neutrogena Wet Skin Kids Sunscreen Spray Broad Spectrum SPF 70+

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