Tuesday, April 15, 2014

Time to Come Clean! #LetsTalkBums

Disclosure: This article is sponsored by Cottonelle. All thoughts and opinions are still my own.
We get it – talking about your bums can be awkward and even uncomfortable. Even the word BUMS can bring giggles from me now. But then I realized how awkward things can get when you DON’T talk about them – so why are we not talking about this? 

When my kiddo made the switch from diapers to pull-ups the baby wipes followed the transition. They were necessary for cleanliness and no one even thought twice about them. Now that he is out of pull -ups why would it change?

When we think about our our bathroom routine why wouldn't we want the same cleanliness that we implement on our own children? Why not talk about it? 

Makes no sense right, thats why making the change to wet + dry was a logical transition for us adults. The cloths are not just for the little ones but for adult bums as well! 
On my latest shopping trip while walking the bathroom aisle there it was... Cottonelle Clean care and Cottonelle Fresh Care flushable cleansing cloths. Time to try it out and stop being embarrassed about talking about potty issues. 
The Cottonelle® Fresh Care Flushable Cleansing Cloths feature SafeFlush Technology, so they not only offer you a confident clean but also start to break down immediately after flushing.

They are: 
- Flushable
- Break up after flushing
- Sewer- and septic-safe
- Alcohol-free
- OneTouch dispensing tub
- Great for the entire family
We stopped being shy and realized that the wet + dry combo is a Strong and effective solution for a confident clean. Cottonelle Clean care toilet paper Pairs well with Cottonelle Flushable Cleansing Cloths for the ultimate in clean, making it even easier for us to Talk about Bums!

Before you head out to the store on your next shopping trip be sure to grab a Coupon for $1.50 off here.  {Share it with friends}

Now head on over to the Cottonelle Facebook page and keep the Bum conversation going with Cherry Healey! I mean she did come all the way from England to talk about our bums. So now we’re inviting YOU to join the conversation. It may seem weird that we’re talking about this, but we think it’s even weirder that people aren’t always open to talking about something so big. Make that change now!
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Monday, March 31, 2014

Relieving pain with #WellAtWalgreens Keeping my family Happy & Healthy

Disclosure: I am a member of the Collective Bias® Social Fabric® Community. This content has been compensated as part of a social shopper amplification for Collective Bias and its client. All health related suggestions and opinions expressed in this post are all my own #CollectiveBias
Last year my familys world got flipped upside down. My dad got really sick and all our lives got changed forever. Its been a rough ride but with faith and togetherness as a family we have gotten through it. Some of the big changes since then come with our at home necessities. Some people watch me go shopping at Walgreens and wonder whats with all the wellness products but they are all too necessary for our day to day life with relieving pain and keeping healthy. 
With a preschooler and a father with serious medical needs I am constantly needing something from the #WellAtWalgreens line. And I also need to have a go to at home care kit to keep up with our needs. A little pain reliever here and a couple bandages there need to be restocked and ready for our family. 
Typically we head out every couple of weeks and restock and add. I joke about it but sometimes it feels like I could run my own nurse station from home. 

Dont forget to sign up for a Walgreens balance Rewards member card. Its FREE! You get this cute card/key-chain mini card and you can either bring it in during check out or they can even look up your phone number and the points start stacking up and they sure help. 
Here is a typical kit with a mix for both my munchkin and my dad. 
Band aids, bandages, rolling tape and pain reliever. Neosporin, thermometer, and so much more! Its not easy but when you have great prices for good products it all works out especially when you know there commitment to aid our communities. 

Walgreens way to well commitment- starting February 1st of 2011 through December 2014, 1 cent from the purchase of every Walgreens brand health & wellness product, up to 3 million annually will support bringing preventative  wellness services to local communities through the Walgreens way to well commitment. 
What could possibly be better than a happy healthy family? 

Be sure to check out this video --> Moms Cool things at Walgreens {Walgreens brand Wellness Challenge} #CollectiveBias 

How do you keep your family Healthy and well? Especially if you have multiple ages to care over I would love some tips that worked for you. Have you checked out #WellAtWalgreens ? What are your favorite products from the #WellAtWalgreens line?
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Monday, March 17, 2014

Spring Forward with Kleenex Style

Full Disclosure: This post is sponsored by Kleenex. All thoughts and opinions are still 100% my own. Thank you for keeping my home stylish and practical!
This week is the start of Spring and I could not be any more ready! This winter was a harsh one and runny noses have been a plenty so while springing forward I wanted my Kleenex style to match. 

I was lucky because to celebrate Kleenex’s 90th anniversary, they’re bringing you another innovative first: The Kleenex Style Studio. It’s a fun, inspiring way to discover more of the Kleenex Brand designs and products you love. And maybe even a few that’ll take you by surprise. They sure surprised me so be sure to take a minute and check it out!
Whether you’re decorating at home or adding a pop of color to your clutch, Kleenex has you covered. I am a very sunshine and lots of color kind of person so I love how the boxes transition from different spaces in my house.
What is your #KleenexStyle ? Find out here!   
Be sure to Check out the Catwalk or Kleenex video to test your fashion sense. 

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Friday, March 14, 2014

Happy Mommy On the Go with P3 #PortableProtein

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This week has been a rough one. Being on Spring Break with the Munchkin has me on the go. Being busy between taking care of my dad and entertaining my kiddo while hes off from school I sometimes forget to eat right and my snacking might go in the opposite direction of healthy because of convenience.  I am so glad that I took a chance to try out a new product the P3 #portableprotein Packs, since they've quickly become my Go to Mommy snack. 
When at Walmart shopping I saw 3 of the 4 varieties of Oscar Mayer P3 #PortableProtein packs.  

The 4 varieties all have #MeatCheeseNuts and are: 

  • Applewood Smoked Turkey Breast
  • Applewood Smoked Ham
  • Rotisserie Seasoned Chicken Breast
  • Slow Roasted Turkey Breast
They looked yummy! Easy to carry on the go protein packs that I dont need to worry about making because I just take one out of the fridge and put it in my bag and im on my way to a new adventure! 
On any day I go from walking my kiddo to school to crafty me time and taking care of my dad to back to pick up munchkin from school then play dates and visits, park visits and even a little work out at the park while my kiddo plays right next to me. Yes, I am very lucky that at our local park there is free exercise equipment right next to a play area so we can both have fun and be healthy together. 
After a little walk and some exercising I just take out one of these #portableprotein packs from my bag (The p3 are suppose to be refrigerated but dont worry I always have a thermos bag inside my backpack to keep things cool) and nutritious snacking here I come! I was most excited to try out the Applewood Smoked ham and trust me it did not let me down. I am a major fan of almonds. Plus at only a $1 a pack you can't go wrong! 
Here's a close up of one of the packs. A Nutritious balance of Meat, cheese and nuts conveniently ready at a moments notice for you to take on the go. 
I like when adventures just pop up. And I need my snacking choices to be ready for adventure at a moments notice just like me. No more tired me on the go or bad food choices me. I have a quick snack and it leaves me feeling recharged and more productive for whats ahead. Especially with summer just right around the corner! That means zoo visits and theme parks and summer vacation and more and with P3 Portable protein packs and Im ready on the go! I hope to see you check them out at a local store near you. 

Which is your favorite snack pack or which one are you most excited for? 
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Friday, February 14, 2014

Love Monster Valentine Card Holder

This was my kiddos first Valentines day at school, so in honor of such a special occasion we made a special box together. We made a love Monster! 
We used a big empty cereal box, since we wanted to make sure that treats would fit inside we used a double bag cereal box. I then measured out the size of mouth I wanted using scrap paper. Then I cut into the box to make the mouth. 
I then used heavy stock paper to make the teeth. I measured against the mouth opening then glued it in from the inside. 
Then munchkin glued googly eyes to the face. Lots of them!  
Here is the face now
Then all around the back areas he covered it in hearts! 
Lastly I traced his hands and made some arms and glued the hand cut outs to the arms and box to create the monsters arms! Ta-da! Love Monster Box complete! 
Here is my munchkin modeling his new Valentines Day Card box holder! 
Hope you have fun making your own. Happy Valentines Day! 
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Wednesday, February 12, 2014

Happiness is___ {2014-W1}

Happiness is... Sunshine! This past weekend was Sunshine central. We really needed that little bit of warmth after all the cold weather we have gone through and are actually going through right now.

Happiness is... My dad having surgery go super great. So thankful for his health! 

Happiness is crafting. Me and my kiddo made a super cute Valentine card holder box for school that I cant wait to share. 

Happiness is my Munchkins smile! 

Now to bombard you with pictures of my happiness!
Lisa at Crazy Adventures in parenting has a weekly series called "Happiness Is_____" where every Wednesday she will be having a link up for others to share what Happiness is to them. So go check that out and link up! You can also follow others along with the hashtag #HappinessIs on twitter and Instagram. Hope to see you there spreading the happiness!
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Saturday, February 8, 2014

My #SA2020 Resolutions

I haven't made a real set of goals for this year and since its already February I think its about time I got started on that (Im a serious procrastinator as you can tell). During this time that I have been thinking about where to start my goals, Colleen Pence from San Antonio Mom Blogs shared her news that she was a SA2020 Resolution leader and I said to myself I know where Im starting now! 

So I looked through the list of 19 SA2020 Resolution leaders and made my own Resolutions from those on the list that will help my community and me. 

So here it goes:

My 2014 SA2020 Resolutions List:

1. Resolve to use Re-usable Shopping Bags: I have a bunch of reusable shopping bags and need to remember to carry a couple around so I can slowly go plastic free. But when I do get plastic bags I will also resolve to reuse them and not let them just get wasted (Already do this 99% of the time)

2. Resolve to give up Plastic water bottles: This will be a tough one because I love water bottles and have been trying to up my daily water drinking. So I am first of all going to get some water reusable water bottles and try to slowly make it a habit to reduce my water bottle usage. I cant expect to change a habit from one day to the next but . 

3. Resolve to Collect Books for Kids: I am a major Book Lover and my kiddo has too many at home. So I want to donate some to go towards Denise Barkhurst's Goal of 2020 Books that will go to children. If you have extra books at home that you would like to donate be sure to reach out to so that we can help her reach her goal. 

4. Resolve to go Downtown: By attending more activities downtown we are helping our city thrive economically. Plus who doesn't love our downtown honestly? 

5. Resolve to take the stairs and take more walks: I have to really do this more often. I hate stairs because of my bad knees but I cant let that be an excuse forever. I worry about my health and taking the stairs more often is a step in the right direction. I already go on walks but I need to increase my distance and walk more often. I've already said drink more water so overall I Resolve to be Healthier this year! 

6. Resolve to help fund and attend more Art events: Fund by getting a membership to one of the local museums and by going more often to them as well. When possible use social media to promote museum events so others in our city can attend as well. 

7. Resolve to go to parks: Introduce my munchkin to more local parks and be more active! This will be fun. 

8. Resolve to Volunteer! Whether it be with my time or in person or even through social media. Volunteer! Help a cause by spreading the word,  encourage high schoolers to fill out there Fafsa or get people to register to vote. These things will help your community grow and thrive!

Hope you check out the SA2020 Resolution Leaders and join along in there causes and make some of them your own. Be sure to hashtag #SA2020Resolutions on Twitter, Facebook, Instagram and G+ so that we can all share together, encourage and follow each others journey. 
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