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8 Tips for Managing a Sick Kid

When the kids get sick, don't run for the hills. Use these 8 tips that help me manage and care for my kids when they get sick. #DrMom #DrDad #sickkid
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If there’s one thing that comes along with cooler weather that doesn’t put me in the holiday spirit, it’s a runny nose and sniffles. More so when it’s the kids that have them and right now both of my kids are sick. The past two days I’ve been in full on Dr. Mom mode and have been making time to send all these sick germs packing. Hopefully they kick the bucket soon (the germs, not my kids).

Here are eight tips that I use for managing a sick kid. I’m certainly no medical professional, but I’ve found these tips to work well for me when one or more of my kids get the common cold.

Medicine

Giving your child medicine probably seems like a no brainer, but not all medicines actually heal the sickness. Rather, they help to make cold symptoms easier to withstand, while the cold runs its course. Pay attention to what symptoms manifest themselves (fever, runny nose, cough, sore throat, etc.) and choose a medicine that corresponds with those symptoms. Most kids don’t like taking medicine, including mine, so don’t make it worse for them by forcing a medicine that really isn’t going to help.

Are you a breastfeeding mom? When your child’s sick, continue to breastfeed because your body will help produce the antibodies needed to get over the cold. There’s nothing like homemade organic mommy medicine!

When the kids get sick, don't run for the hills. Use these 8 tips that help me manage and care for my kids when they get sick. #DrMom #DrDad #sickkid

Rest

Just like when we get sick, kids need a lot of rest. Let them sleep whenever they want – morning, afternoon, evening, night. Besides, I’m sure you could use a nice break from all the ruckus they make on a daily basis. When sick, I let my kids sleep in and I don’t limit their rest at all. You want to sleep in the chair? Go right ahead and sleep in the chair.

Hydrate

Staying hydrated is typically hard for anyone who’s sick. I know all I want to do is sleep and that leaves no time for food or hydration. Still, I try my best to keep my kids hydrated when they’re under the weather. If I can’t get them to drink water or juice, I give them Pediasure and they’ll usually take a few sips here and there. I’ll take a few sips over none at all.

Warm Bath

There’s nothing like taking a nice warm bath and washing away all those icky sick germs. When your child has a runny nose, chances are they’ve wiped their hand across their nose and then spread all the ickiness across their face, hair, hands, arms and clothes. Yuck!

Run a nice warm bath, clean them up and put them in some clean jammies. It may only be a little while before the germs are all over again, but a bath still helps kids feel better and gives you peace of mind that the sick germs have at least been washed away for the moment. Plus, the warm water will help clear up some congestion.

When the kids get sick, don't run for the hills. Use these 8 tips that help me manage and care for my kids when they get sick. #DrMom #DrDad #sickkid

Clean Air 

Keeping the germs at bay and giving your kids good, clean air to breathe is very important. How do I do this? With my Ozazzy “I Am Air” Cool Mist Humidifier. This thing has been running nonstop the past two days and is definitely helping. It releases cool, moist air, so if either of my kids happen to play in the mist (which they have been doing relentlessly) it isn’t going to burn their hands. I’ve had my Ozazzy at its highest setting so it’s pumping out a lot of great moisture to help clear up these little runny noses.

I also like to add some essential oils like eucalyptus and tree tea oil to the humidifier’s water. Just like using Vick’s in a vaporizer, the eucalyptus oil helps clear up my kids’ congestion and the tea tree oil helps disinfect the air. It’s nothing but easy breathing around here!

And if all else fails, get out of the house. This is a little harder considering most of the time you’re cooped up in the house when someone is sick, but getting some fresh air outdoors works wonders. Even opening the window will help.

Sanitize

Sanitizing kind of goes along with clean air. I use Lysol spray to sanitize my home and rid it of germs whenever anyone gets sick. Each night I spray around the house after the kids have gone to bed and I’ll admit, there have definitely been a few times I’ve had to open a window or two because I went a little Lysol crazy. But hey, the germs have got to go!

When the kids get sick, don't run for the hills. Use these 8 tips that help me manage and care for my kids when they get sick. #DrMom #DrDad #sickkid

Love

I can’t stress this one enough. No one likes to be sick and even though as adults we typically just want to be left alone, kids need all the love they can get. They don’t understand what’s going on with their body and some things may seem scary, especially if they’re vomiting. So just hold and cuddle your kids. It won’t last forever, so you might as well get it in while you can anyways. In fact, I don’t think I’ve ever cuddled and loved on my kids as much as I have these past two days. Cuddles are comforting to them and you’ll enjoy it too.

Clean Sweep

When all is said and done, and the sniffles and runny noses are gone, it’s time for a clean sweep. Wash any and all blankets/bedding that were used while the kids were sick, and do a bleach/water soak of any plastic toys they played with. I also do a final sweep of the home with the Lysol spray, just to make sure I’m covering all my bases. Sick germs be gone!

How do you manage a sick kid?

~Please note that I am not a medical professional and these are simply tips I use when my kids get sick. If you have an emergency or feel like your child needs to see a doctor, by all means, please take them. If after a few days my tactics aren’t working and my children’s colds seem to be getting worse, we visit the pediatrician or a pediatric urgent care/after hours clinic.~
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Singing Our Way to the Top with a Family Holiday Tradition

We're getting ready for this year's family movie night holiday tradition by belting out some high notes into our Holiday Honeycomb Micro"cones." Why? Because this year's family movie night feature is the December 21st release of SING©! #PostfortheHolidays #SINGMovieSweeps #PostSave$4 #ad
 

The holiday season is among us and flying by, might I add. We’re accomplishing and marking off one family holiday tradition right after another. But one that doesn’t take place until Christmas Eve, is our tradition of family movie night.

Every Christmas Eve, right before the kids go to bed and Santa gets to do his thing, we gather in front of the TV as a family and choose a movie to watch. This year, we’re taking that tradition to the next level and instead of watching a movie at home, we’re heading to the theaters.

Why the change, you ask? Because we are just way too excited to see the new movie, SING© which hits theaters on December 21st. Since it’s a new release, we won’t be able to watch it at home so movie theaters, here we come!

We’re a family who loves singing and dancing, and music in general. That’s what makes the SING© movie the perfect choice for this particular family holiday tradition of ours.

We're getting ready for this year's family movie night holiday tradition by belting out some high notes into our Holiday Honeycomb Micro"cones." Why? Because this year's family movie night feature is the December 21st release of SING©! #PostfortheHolidays #SINGMovieSweeps #PostSave$4 #ad

We're getting ready for this year's family movie night holiday tradition by belting out some high notes into our Holiday Honeycomb Micro"cones." Why? Because this year's family movie night feature is the December 21st release of SING©! #PostfortheHolidays #SINGMovieSweeps #PostSave$4 #ad

To prepare ourselves for the movie, we’re enjoying some family fun time beforehand by belting out some high notes into our Holiday Honeycomb® Micro”cones.” You see, the SING© movie is about 5 animals with different backgrounds and in different stages of their lives, entering a singing competition. And every singer needs a microphone, right? Well, in our case, a micro”cone.”

We're getting ready for this year's family movie night holiday tradition by belting out some high notes into our Holiday Honeycomb Micro"cones." Why? Because this year's family movie night feature is the December 21st release of SING©! #PostfortheHolidays #SINGMovieSweeps #PostSave$4 #ad

Before we could make our Holiday Honeycomb® Micro”cones,” we had to go to Target to get everything we’d need, including the key ingredient, Honeycombs®. My son spotted the bright yellow box almost immediately, as it was easily accessible to him on the bottom shelf and surrounded by other Post Cereal brands.

As soon as we got home, we got to work!

We're getting ready for this year's family movie night holiday tradition by belting out some high notes into our Holiday Honeycomb Micro"cones." Why? Because this year's family movie night feature is the December 21st release of SING©! #PostfortheHolidays #SINGMovieSweeps #PostSave$4 #ad

We're getting ready for this year's family movie night holiday tradition by belting out some high notes into our Holiday Honeycomb Micro"cones." Why? Because this year's family movie night feature is the December 21st release of SING©! #PostfortheHolidays #SINGMovieSweeps #PostSave$4 #ad

We're getting ready for this year's family movie night holiday tradition by belting out some high notes into our Holiday Honeycomb Micro"cones." Why? Because this year's family movie night feature is the December 21st release of SING©! #PostfortheHolidays #SINGMovieSweeps #PostSave$4 #ad

We're getting ready for this year's family movie night holiday tradition by belting out some high notes into our Holiday Honeycomb Micro"cones." Why? Because this year's family movie night feature is the December 21st release of SING©! #PostfortheHolidays #SINGMovieSweeps #PostSave$4 #ad

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Holiday Honeycomb® Micro"cones"
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Serves: 12
 
These Holiday Honeycomb® Micro"cones" will surely get your family belting out some high notes.
Ingredients
  • 12 ice cream cones
  • ½ box Honeycomb® cereal
  • ½ bag salted pretzels
  • ½ package holiday M&Ms
  • 1 package white chocolate chips
  • 1 package small marshmallows
  • Red and green food coloring
Instructions
  1. Crush a handful of pretzels in a ziploc bag and a handful of Honeycombs® in another.
  2. Place a handful of marshmallows and handful of white chocolate chips into a microwave-safe bowl and microwave for 20-30 seconds (just enough to slightly melt them).
  3. Mix a few drops of food coloring into the melted marshmallows and white chocolate chips.
  4. Add the crushed pretzels and Honeycombs® to the mixture.
  5. Spoon the mixture into an ice cream cone, forming a ball-like shape.
  6. Let cool/harden for a few minutes in the refrigerator.
  7. Grab a Holiday Honeycomb® Micro"cone" and let those notes out! After your performance, enjoy your eatable microphone.

 

We're getting ready for this year's family movie night holiday tradition by belting out some high notes into our Holiday Honeycomb Micro"cones." Why? Because this year's family movie night feature is the December 21st release of SING©! #PostfortheHolidays #SINGMovieSweeps #PostSave$4 #ad

Here’s a little glimpse into the fun we’ve been having singing into our Holiday Honeycomb® Micro”cones.” My kids might look at me like I’m a little crazy, but it’s all in fun and something they’ll remember for years to come. And when they’re older, hopefully they’ll continue this family holiday tradition and maybe even enjoy the movie, SING© with their family.

As if this weren’t enough fun and excitement, you have the chance to see the SING© movie for free! By purchasing participating Post Brand Cereals and entering the SING© Movie Sweepstakes*, you can instantly win prizes like movie tickets (which you can use to see SING©, of course), speakers and so much more. And did I mention there’s a grand prize worth $100,000?!

What are some of your family holiday traditions?

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~Thank you to Post Consumer Brands for sponsoring today’s post and keeping a family holiday tradition alive. This is a sponsored post in which I will receive compensation.  My opinions are 100% my own and in no way influenced by the brand.  Any claims or statistics should be confirmed with the brand.  Please see this blog’s full policies and disclosure here.

Keep the Kids Entertained this Holiday with Surprise Ride #GiftIdea

Surprise Ride is a great way to keep the kids entertained during family gatherings this holiday season! With each Ride consisting of 2 fun and creative activities, along with snacks and fun little extras all related to a single theme, there's tons of fun for them enjoy! #HolidayGiftGuide #giftidea
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In my family, holiday get together’s are a time when the adults sit, chat and catch up with each other, while the kids run wild, pretty much destroying whomever’s home we’re celebrating the holiday at. This year that’s going to change! Well, at least the part where the kids destroy the home.

This year, Surprise Ride will be making an appearance at our holiday gatherings. Perfect for ages 5+, Surprise Ride is a monthly subscription box that offers 2 fun and creative activities for kids, along with snacks and fun little extras, all related to a single theme.

One of the things I like about Surprise Ride is that I don’t even have to have a subscription to get their boxes, but can order a single Ride. And this means I can order as many Surprise Ride boxes as I want to keep the kids entertained during our holiday gatherings. With so many different Ride themes to choose from, the kids will get to enjoy different fun activities throughout the day.

Surprise Ride is a great way to keep the kids entertained during family gatherings this holiday season! With each Ride consisting of 2 fun and creative activities, along with snacks and fun little extras all related to a single theme, there's tons of fun for them enjoy! #HolidayGiftGuide #giftidea

My son recently got his first Surprise Ride box and it couldn’t have been more perfect for him. It was pirate themed! It was this first Ride that inspired me to get a few for the whole family and keep the kids entertained during the holidays.

The pirate themed ride contained the usual 2 activities, fun extras like stickers, a book and a bracelet, and even a Pirate’s Booty snack (told you everything was based around the theme). My son couldn’t wait to get started!

Surprise Ride is a great way to keep the kids entertained during family gatherings this holiday season! With each Ride consisting of 2 fun and creative activities, along with snacks and fun little extras all related to a single theme, there's tons of fun for them enjoy! #HolidayGiftGuide #giftidea

The first activity was decorating his very own treasure chest and everything he needed to do this was included. In fact, he even had his own apron to wear to prevent getting paint on his clothes. Unfortunately, he was being his typical self and refused to wear it. Kids (insert eye roll, haha). But we ended up using it under his treasure chest while he painted so that he didn’t get any pain on the table.

Surprise Ride is a great way to keep the kids entertained during family gatherings this holiday season! With each Ride consisting of 2 fun and creative activities, along with snacks and fun little extras all related to a single theme, there's tons of fun for them enjoy! #HolidayGiftGuide #giftidea

Surprise Ride is a great way to keep the kids entertained during family gatherings this holiday season! With each Ride consisting of 2 fun and creative activities, along with snacks and fun little extras all related to a single theme, there's tons of fun for them enjoy! #HolidayGiftGuide #giftidea

Once the paint dried he added some jewels and gems to the outside, because what’s a treasure chest if it doesn’t look as good as the treasure it holds?

The only problem now was that he didn’t have any treasure to put in his treasure chest. The next activity in the Ride was going to fix this problem. It was time for a treasure hunt!

Surprise Ride is a great way to keep the kids entertained during family gatherings this holiday season! With each Ride consisting of 2 fun and creative activities, along with snacks and fun little extras all related to a single theme, there's tons of fun for them enjoy! #HolidayGiftGuide #giftidea

He didn’t know it, but while he was decorating his treasure chest, I took a few minutes to hide the treasure and then created a map for him to follow. Again, all of the tools I needed to complete this were included in the ride, right down to the actual treasure.

Surprise Ride is a great way to keep the kids entertained during family gatherings this holiday season! With each Ride consisting of 2 fun and creative activities, along with snacks and fun little extras all related to a single theme, there's tons of fun for them enjoy! #HolidayGiftGuide #giftidea

His map read to start at the dining room table, walk between the living room recliners, tiptoe to the couch and then skip to the TV/entertainment center where X marks the spot!

Surprise Ride is a great way to keep the kids entertained during family gatherings this holiday season! With each Ride consisting of 2 fun and creative activities, along with snacks and fun little extras all related to a single theme, there's tons of fun for them enjoy! #HolidayGiftGuide #giftidea

I did something fairly simple and although my drawing skills aren’t that great, he found the treasure using his treasure map. Now he had something to put in his treasure chest and boy was it sparkly!

Surprise Ride is a great way to keep the kids entertained during family gatherings this holiday season! With each Ride consisting of 2 fun and creative activities, along with snacks and fun little extras all related to a single theme, there's tons of fun for them enjoy! #HolidayGiftGuide #giftidea

I also want to note that the treasure map itself is double sided, so I made a map for him to follow and later he can hide the treasure and make a map on the other side for me or his friends to follow. How fun is that and how perfect would that be for a holiday get together?!

Making Time 2016 Holiday Gift Guide

Buy Surprise Ride now!

Single Ride – Want to purchase a few single Rides to keep the kids entertained this holiday? Choose from themes like this pirate one to polar bears, scientist course, Mars, superheroes and so much more! Each single Ride is just $30 and provides tons of fun, learning and entertainment!

Subscription – Interested in giving the gift of Surprise Ride for months to come? A subscription is perfect! Choose from a month-to-month subscription at $24/mth (pay as you go), a 6 month subscription at $20/mth, or a 1 year subscription at $19/mth!

And right now you can use promo code SHARK5 for $5 off  the month-to-month subscription option OR SHARK15 for $15 off a 6 month subscription! Gift giving AND great savings all in one!

Which Surprise Ride(s) will you get to entertain the kids this holiday?

*This is not a sponsored post, nor did I receive product in exchange for a review. The pirate themed Surprise Ride box was purchased independently by me. This post does, however, contain an affiliate link in which I may receive compensation for your purchase. My opinions are 100% my own and in no way influenced by the brand.  Any claims or statistics should be confirmed with the brand.  Please see this blog’s full policies and disclosure here.

Easy 4 Ingredient BBQ Chicken Quesadillas

This 4 Ingredient BBQ Chicken Quesadilla #recipe is perfect for using up leftover chicken AND it's a quick and easy dish my whole family enjoys.

Have leftover chicken, but don’t know what to do with it? I have the perfect recipe for you!

I don’t know about your family, but mine eats a lot of chicken. Quite frankly, it’s an affordable protein, and there are many different ways it can be cooked and a countless amount of flavors it can be enjoyed with.

But sometimes we have leftover chicken and really don’t want the same thing two nights in a row. That’s when I turn to my easy 4 Ingredient BBQ Chicken Quesadilla recipe. While these can be enjoyed as a first meal, it’s a big time saver for me when I make it using leftover chicken and it helps me minimize how much food we waste.

So today, rather than telling you what I’m making time for, I’m going to share my 4 Ingredient BBQ Chicken Quesadilla recipe. It’s something that saves me time and allows me to fit other important things into my busy day.

Ingredients:

  • 1.5-2 leftover cooked chicken breasts
  • 16-20 small wheat tortillas (1, 16 oz. pack)
  • 2 cups honey BBQ sauce
  • 8-10 slices of cheese

Directions:

  1. In a blender, chop the leftover chicken breasts.
  2. Heat a skillet on medium-high heat, add a little olive oil and heat the chopped chicken.This 4 Ingredient BBQ Chicken Quesadilla #recipe is perfect for using up leftover chicken AND it's a quick and easy dish my whole family enjoys.
  3. Transfer the warmed chicken to a bowl and mix in 1 cup of BBQ sauce. If you like a lot of BBQ sauce, feel free to add more.
  4. Taking 2 wheat tortillas, spoon some of the remaining BBQ sauce onto each and spread it around.This 4 Ingredient BBQ Chicken Quesadilla #recipe is perfect for using up leftover chicken AND it's a quick and easy dish my whole family enjoys.
  5. Spoon some of the BBQ chicken mixture onto one of the tortillas. Don’t spread the chicken out to the edges because once the quesadilla is all cooked, when you cut it it will spread the interior ingredients towards the outer edge.This 4 Ingredient BBQ Chicken Quesadilla #recipe is perfect for using up leftover chicken AND it's a quick and easy dish my whole family enjoys.
  6. Place 1 slice of cheese on top of the BBQ chicken. You can also use shredded cheese if you prefer. My family is pretty basic and would rather have good ‘ol American sliced cheese.This 4 Ingredient BBQ Chicken Quesadilla #recipe is perfect for using up leftover chicken AND it's a quick and easy dish my whole family enjoys.
  7. Place the second tortilla on top of the cheese.
  8. Spray the skillet with non-stick spray (I like to use olive oil spray) and heat on medium-high.
  9. Cook the quesadilla on both sides until golden brown.
  10. Let cool, cut into fours (I use a pizza cutter) and enjoy.
*Note: You can also use the large tortillas. I have used them before and rather than using 2 tortillas to make a quesadilla, I simply fold the large tortilla in half. Just spread the BBQ sauce over the whole tortilla and then place the BBQ chicken mixture and cheese on only half of it. Then fold the other half over and cook. 

This 4 Ingredient BBQ Chicken Quesadilla #recipe is perfect for using up leftover chicken AND it's a quick and easy dish my whole family enjoys.

This recipe yields 8-10 quesadillas, all depending on how much filling you use. And as a finishing touch, I love to dip my BBQ Chicken Quesadillas in ranch dressing or even sour cream. Yum!

Would you dip your BBQ Chicken Quesadillas?

Crockpot Salisbury Steak Recipe

This Crockpot Salisbury Steak #recipe is one of my favorites in the fall. It's really easy to make and the whole family loves it.

It’s fall ya’ll! That means my crockpot is going to be working hard over the next few months. In fact, I broke it out last week to make some Beef Stew and today I’m making Salisbury Steak. I ALWAYS make time for crockpot meals! Besides, they save me a lot of valuable time in the day so I can do other things.

I won’t say everything I’ve ever made in the crockpot was tasty and worth making again, but this Salisbury Steak is on point! So why not share the recipe with you? It’s actually pretty easy to make and one of my favorite crockpot dishes.

Ingredients:

  • 2-2.5 lbs. ground beef
  • 1 pack of onion soup mix
  • 1/2 cup of milk
  • 3/4 cup of bread crumbs
  • 2 eggs
  • 1/2 cup of flour
  • 1 pack of brown gravy mix OR mushroom gravy mix
  • 1 can of french onion soup
  • 1 can of cream of mushroom soup
  • 1 can of mushrooms (or 2 small ones)

Directions:

  1. Heat a small amount of olive oil in a skillet, just above medium heat.
  2. In a bowl, mix the ground beef, onion soup mix, milk, bread crumbs and eggs.
  3. Form the mixture into patties.
  4. Cover the patties with flour and place in the heated skillet. Do not completely cook the patties, but just get a nice brown on the outside.This Crockpot Salisbury Steak #recipe is one of my favorites in the fall. It's really easy to make and the whole family loves it.
  5. Place the patties directly into the crockpot. You’ll have to stack them.
  6. In a bowl, mix the brown gravy mix, french onion soup, cream of mushroom soup and mushrooms (drained).
  7. Pour the mixture over the patties in the crockpot.This Crockpot Salisbury Steak #recipe is one of my favorites in the fall. It's really easy to make and the whole family loves it.This Crockpot Salisbury Steak #recipe is one of my favorites in the fall. It's really easy to make and the whole family loves it.
  8. Cook on high for 4 hours (or low for 6 hours).
  9. Serve with mashed potatoes, rice or your favorite side dishes.

In my family this recipe yields about 5-6 servings. We typically eat two patties and the kids eat one, and then we’ll have some left over for the next day.

What’s your favorite crockpot dish?

How My Little One Indulges in Fall Flavors

With this #recipe calling for @Gerber 3rd Foods Lil' Bits, my little one can enjoy the same fall flavors I've come to love and is also learning to chew and eat solid food. #GerberBabies

One of my favorite things about fall is all of the amazing flavors – pumpkin, turkey, ham, sweet potatoes, roast beef, apples and any recipe that has crockpot in the title. I can’t wait to pull my crockpot out!

On the flip side, my little one can’t enjoy all of the same fall flavors I do because she’s still learning to chew solid food. There’s no way I can give Sadee small pieces of turkey, ham or roast beef quite yet, but I would love for her to experience the same savory fall tastes that I love and enjoy.

With this #recipe calling for @Gerber 3rd Foods Lil' Bits, my little one can enjoy the same fall flavors I've come to love and is also learning to chew and eat solid food. #GerberBabies
Eeny meeny miny moe, so many Lil’ Bits to choose from, yes it’s so.

 

My solution is Gerber 3rd Foods Lil’ Bits! With flavors like Garden Vegetable & Beef Dinner and Autumn Vegetable & Turkey Dinner, I can share my favorite fall flavors with her.

Gerber 3rd Foods Lil’ Bits provide Sadee with a puree consistency she can handle, but also introduces her to small pieces of soft, solid food. I love it because it’s teaching her how to chew and progress into real, solid table food. It’s only a matter of time before she’ll be eating everything we eat right from our table.

With this #recipe calling for @Gerber 3rd Foods Lil' Bits, my little one can enjoy the same fall flavors I've come to love and is also learning to chew and eat solid food. #GerberBabies

Crockpot roast beef is a favorite fall dish of mine and one that I make at least 3-4 times during the fall season. I wanted to see how well Sadee would like some of these same flavors, so I made time to try a quick mashed sweet potato recipe for her and topped it with Gerber 3rd Foods Lil’ Bits Garden Vegetable & Beef Dinner. It gives her a little taste of the sweet and savory flavors of fall, but in consistencies she’s able to handle at her age.

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Mashed Sweet Potatoes with Gerber 3rd Foods Lil' Bits
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This recipe allows your little one to experience the sweet and savory tastes of fall, while maintaining a consistency they're able to handle, and even introduces them to easy to eat, small pieces of solid food.
Ingredients
  • 3 small sweet potatoes (peeled and cubed)
  • ½ cup milk
  • 2 Tbsp maple syrup
  • 1, 5 oz. container of Gerber 3rd Food Lil' Bits Garden Vegetable & Beef Dinner
Instructions
  1. Boil the sweet potatoes for 20 minutes, until tender.
  2. Drain the sweet potatoes and return them to the pot.
  3. Mash the sweet potatoes, and mix in the milk and maple syrup.
  4. Place desired amount sweet potatoes in a bowl.
  5. Top with desired amount of Gerber 3rd Foods Lil' Bits Garden Vegetable & Beef Dinner.
  6. Let sweet potatoes cool before serving.
Notes
Feel free to substitute the Gerber 3rd Foods Lil' Bits Garden Vegetable & Beef Dinner, with another flavor your little one may like.

With this #recipe calling for @Gerber 3rd Foods Lil' Bits, my little one can enjoy the same fall flavors I've come to love and is also learning to chew and eat solid food. #GerberBabies

I’m happy to say, it was a big hit and Sadee loved it! She had no problem eating the small, solid pieces of carrots in the Gerber 3rd Foods Lil’ Bits Garden Vegetable & Beef Dinner, while the rest of the dish was a puree consistency. I think she really enjoyed having a little taste of both the sweet and savory sides of fall dishes because up until now her meals have been pretty one-sided – either sweet or savory.

Which flavor of Gerber 3rd Foods Lil’ Bits would your little one enjoy?

*Thank you to Gerber for sponsoring today’s post and inspiring me to prepare my little one for solid table food. This is a sponsored post in which I will receive compensation.  My opinions are 100% my own and in no way influenced by the brand.  Any claims or statistics should be confirmed with the brand.  Please see this blog’s full policies and disclosure here.

Balancing Fun and Learning with Balance Beans

Balance Beans is a game for ages 5+ that teaches kids logic and problem solving, as well as basic physics, all while they have fun balancing beans on a seesaw. @ThinkFun #balancebeans #game

My son is at an age now where he’s starting to get more into hands on fun (thank goodness I can get him away from video games), and learning why and how things work. And when I can find something that offers him hands on fun and learning, but doesn’t require some type of homemade explosion in the kitchen or a mess in general, it’s a win-win for me.

This is exactly what Balance Beans from ThinkFun offers. Balance Beans is a one player game for ages 5+ that promotes logic and problem solving, and teaches a basic physics principle – the further away weight is from the center of balance, the more downward force it exerts.

Imagine carrying a bag of groceries. Would you prefer to carry the bag with your arm extended outward at shoulder height, or would you prefer to carry the bag close to the body and center of balance? The obvious answer is close to the body and center of balance, well, unless you’re some type of super human or have some amazing muscle strength. It’s harder to carry a bag of groceries with your arm extended outward at shoulder height because there’s more downward force acting on the bag. Balance Beans teaches my son the same principle, but in a fun way.

Balance Beans is a game for ages 5+ that teaches kids logic and problem solving, as well as basic physics, all while they have fun balancing beans on a seesaw. @ThinkFun #balancebeans #game

Game components:

  • Seesaw for balancing.
  • 3 red beans – single bean, double bean, triple bean.
  • 2 orange single beans.
  • 2 yellow double beans.
  • 2 blue triple beans.
  • 40 challenge cards – Easy to Super Hard (including solutions).

How to play:

  1. Simply set up the seesaw and select a challenge card.
  2. Place the red beans on the seesaw as indicated on the challenge card. The red beans are stationary and once placed on the seesaw, cannot be moved until you’ve solved that particular balancing challenge.
  3. Using the orange/yellow/blue beans as indicated on the challenge card, balance the seesaw. These beans can be placed on any empty space available and once placed can be moved around. You can only use the specific beans indicated on the challenge card and must use them all.
  4. Balancing the seesaw completes the challenge and you’ve won! Try a new challenge card until you’ve completed them all.

Balance Beans is a game for ages 5+ that teaches kids logic and problem solving, as well as basic physics, all while they have fun balancing beans on a seesaw. @ThinkFun #balancebeans #game

Balance Beans is a game for ages 5+ that teaches kids logic and problem solving, as well as basic physics, all while they have fun balancing beans on a seesaw. @ThinkFun #balancebeans #game

Balance Beans is a game for ages 5+ that teaches kids logic and problem solving, as well as basic physics, all while they have fun balancing beans on a seesaw. @ThinkFun #balancebeans #game

My son couldn’t wait to open his new Balance Beans game, and once he figured out how it worked, he became a balancing machine. Of course, he wants me to watch him successfully complete his balancing challenges, so every day this week I’ve made time to share in his fun and learning.

He has been using trial and error to balance the seesaw and complete each challenge card, but there is also a math to it. He’s not quite ready for that though (he’s only 4 – it’s never too young to start learning, right?!). The harder the challenge is, the more math and reasoning skills come into play. The challenge cards are numbered 1-40 and are also labeled Easy, Medium, Hard and Super Hard (10 of each level).

 

For now I’m enjoying watching him learn how force and balance work together with some of the easy and medium challenges, and know that with time he’ll learn the algebra behind it as well. He’s also having a fun time free-styling without the challenge cards!

Think you could complete the Super Hard balancing challenges?

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*Available at Target and Amazon for $17.99.

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New Reading Surprises with The Story Box

If you can’t tell yet, I’ve recently become a huge fan of monthly subscription boxes. And guess what, my kids have too! They love getting new surprises in the mail each month, especially if it’s a cool package to open, and I love the joy and excitement on their faces when they open a new box.

Their latest subscription box addition is from The Story Box and every month they each get a new book that’s fit for their age. We make time almost on a daily basis to sit down and explore the characters and adventures that what await inside their books. Let’s just say their reading collection has grown at such a rapid pace that the book shelf I made them a few months ago just isn’t big enough anymore.

The Story Box provides your children with 2 new story books to explore each month. Subscribe today and save $6 off your first order! #subscriptionbox

The Story Box has 3 different box options to choose from, but they all include a parent guide and 2 books that are curated by a speech-language pathologist.

  • Board Books Package – for children ages 0 to 2.5 years.
  • Picture Books Package – for children ages 2.5 to 6 years.
  • Family Package – for families with children in both age ranges.

Since I have a 1 year old (as of tomorrow!) and a 4 year old, I chose the Family Package. The selections in our August box included a  board book entitled Sheep Go To Sleep, and a picture book entitled Shark’s Big Surprise.

The Story Box provides your children with 2 new story books to explore each month. Subscribe today and save $6 off your first order! #subscriptionbox

My kids were super excited to see they got some new stories to read and couldn’t wait to get into them. Yesterday was pretty gloomy and rainy, which actually cooled down the weather a little bit. So after the rain stopped, we headed to our bench outside to enjoy the nice, cool evening and spend some time experiencing their new books.

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And these aren’t just your ordinary run of the mill books. There’s so much to enjoy about them. For starters, the board books are perfect for my toddler because she can’t tear them up. She has an interest in ripping things apart – tissue, magazines, and even her brothers books. She’s already destroyed a handful of his books. So it’s a big plus we can enjoy a book with her that she can’t demolish.

The Story Box provides your children with 2 new story books to explore each month. Subscribe today and save $6 off your first order! #subscriptionbox

As for the picture books for my son, I love that they come with suggested challenges that I, as the parent, can challenge and help my son with. For example, one of the suggestions included on the parent guide for Shark’s Big Surprise was to talk with my son about the sound each animal makes in the story and then do a small recall activity to see if he could match the sound with its animal. So not only is my son getting to experience a new world and story with the book, but I can also help develop his mind and language with the help of the parent guide.

Subscribe to The Story Box + Savings Code!

Ready to subscribe for your little one(s)? Simply visit The Story Box and choose which box best fits your child’s age. Use promo code TAKESIX and save $6 off your first order! Then you just have to wait in anticipation for your box to arrive! This month’s shipment is scheduled for September 21st.

And before I forget, a portion of each subscription fee is used to purchase books and other educational materials to benefit children with disabilities and children from low-income families. What a great way to not only help your child expand their mind, but help other children as well!

Which box option fits your child’s age?

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Mom & Baby Ecocentric Mom Subscription Box

Every mom needs an Ecocentric Mom subscription box. And with 3 options - Pregnancy, Mom & Baby, or Mom - there's something for EVERY new or veteran mom. #ecocentricmom #subscriptionbox #ad

You may remember just a few weeks ago I introduced you to Ecocentric Mom subscription boxes. I got my first Mom & Baby box about 2 weeks ago and have had a chance to try some of the cool products that came in it, and want to show you what all was included in my box.

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Upon opening my Mom & Baby Ecocentric Mom subscription box, I was wowed by the cute and thoughtful wrapping.

 

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With a card inside the box that detailed everything included, I knew I was in for a treat when I actually got to see the products.

 

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Wow! Look at all of this cool stuff I get to try for the first time! Some of the products were full size and others were sample size.

 

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My Mom & Baby box came with products for both myself and my child, and even a few things we both can use!

 

My Mom and Baby box included:

  • Kosmatology Foaming Hand Soap – full size.
  • Fresh Wave Fresh Odor Pod – full size.
  • Dandelion Daisy Natural Laundry Detergent – sample size.
  • GLOW for a Cause Baby Butter – full size.
  • Silikids Silimap Placemat or Bib – full size.
  • Dang Coconut Chips – sample size.
  • FizzWizz Cleaning Tablets and Wipes – sample size tablet and full size wipes.

Everything included are “simple switches for a healthier home” and they couldn’t be more perfect for saying farewell to summer. I’m ready for fall weather, but still trying to hang on to as much of what’s left of summer, as possible. And the best part is I don’t have to make time to use them. They’re all everyday items that get tons of use and take no extra effort.

Straight from the card included in the box:

This month’s mom & baby box will help you discover healthier habits by avoiding plastics & harmful chemicals in your daily routines, from laundry to hand washing to feeding baby. To care for your little one, we’ve also included a fragrance free baby butter to soothe sunburns and other summer skin irritations.

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The Fresh Wave Fresh Odor Pod is perfect for masking stinky odors from my trash can.

 

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Dang Coconut Chips are a fresh, delicious and familiar taste of summer.

While I don’t necessarily have photos of the other products in use, they’re certainly getting their fair share of love. The Kosmatology hand soap is almost gone with all the hand washing we do around here, and GLOW for a Cause Baby Butter is great for hydrating my daughter’s horribly dry skin.

So I ask you – what’s not to love? I had never heard of any of the brands or products that came in my Mom & Baby box, so it was nice to be exposed to those and have the opportunity to try them before deciding they were perfect for me and my family. I’m sure this is no different for many other new moms or even veteran moms.

Ecocentric Mom subscription boxes are available in 3 different stages – Pregnancy, Mom & Baby, and Mom – and they’re all perfect for ANY mom. They would make absolutely great baby shower gifts, or even just an appreciation gift to a mom you want to provide a little attention to. And I have to admit, there’s something about receiving “surprise” mail that just makes my day, and that’s exactly what Ecocentric Mom subscription boxes are. You never know exactly what you’re getting until it arrives.

Shop Ecocentric Mom + Freebie Offer!

Still going on is a really great offer from Ecocentric Mom. When you sign up for a subscription using promo code BESTBOTTLES, you’ll get a FREE ThinkBaby All-in-One Bottle Set worth $25! If you know a mom who would love an Ecocentric Mom subscription, don’t delay and get the subscription ordered for her. The free gift will just be icing on the cake!

I can’t wait to see what this month’s Mom & Baby box has in store!

Which Ecocentric Mom subscription box would you choose?

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Skinthology & PatchMD Make Taking Vitamins Easy

PatchMD Vitamin Supplement Patches are the easiest, most effective way to stay healthy.

I was never much of a vitamin taker until I first became pregnant, and even then I quickly learned that vitamin pills were not my friend. I am absolutely no fan of gagging on gigantic pills, but could manage if I needed to. And since giving birth that’s exactly what I’ve done – managed. In an effort to continue living healthier I’ve been taking a multivitamin, although it’s not the most fun thing to do.

I later learned that my mother-in-law actually can’t stomach vitamin pills. Any time she takes one it upsets her stomach and brings about unwanted side effects. The whole point of taking vitamins and supplements is to live healthier, but if taking them orally is causing side effects, it’s not helping very much.

So what are we to do about taking vitamins? Is there no easier way than swallowing large pills or an alternative altogether to avoid an upset stomach or unwanted side effects? Yes! It just so happens there is.  The answer to our problems is PatchMD Vitamin Supplement Patches.

PatchMD Vitamin Supplement Patches are the easiest, most effective way to stay healthy.

PatchMD Vitamin Supplement Patches are exactly what they sound like. They’re topical patches you place on your body, and release vitamins/supplements directly into the bloodstream throughout the day using a time release formula. It only takes one patch per day and lasts for 24 hours. Not to mention, the patches activate in the body within just 3-5 minutes. Do you know how long it takes an oral pill to take effect? 4 hours!!!

And that’s after passing through the stomach and digestive process. Not only do oral pills take longer to become effective, but you’re only getting as little as 5% of the supplement. Wait – what? You mean all this time I’ve been choking down vitamins, I haven’t been getting the full effect of the supplement? Not anymore! With PatchMD Vitamin Supplement Patches I’m getting up to 95% of the supplement into my cells. Now that’s more like it!

If I can remember to take a pill AND choke it down, there’s no reason I can’t make time to put on a patch. It really doesn’t take any more time anyways and I don’t have to worry about choking down a pill.

And there’s quite a variety of PatchMD options available, too. Just take a look at this list!

  • Anti-Aging
  • B12 Energy Plus
  • CoQ10 Plus
  • Garcinia Cambogia
  • Glucosamine & Chondroitin
  • Iron Plus
  • Keep Klear Acne Prevention
  • KIDS Multivitamin + Omega 3
  • Last Call Hangover Prevention
  • Menopause Day Relief
  • Menopause Night Relief
  • Multivitamin Plus
  • Omega 3 Plus
  • PMS Day Relief
  • PMS Night Relief
  • Sleep Starter
  • Vitamin C Plus
  • Vitamin D3
  • Vitamin D3/Calcium

PatchMD Vitamin Supplement Patches are the easiest, most effective way to stay healthy.

I recently introduced my mother-in-law to PatchMD Vitamin D3 patches and she’s been using them for the past few days. She hasn’t had any of the problems or side effects she did with oral vitamin pills. The patches are easy to apply and remove from the skin, and really take no effort at all. You can even apply it in a location that’s discrete so that your clothes cover it up. No one will ever know you’re getting vitamin or supplement intake throughout the day. I mean, does it get any easier?

My son is a very picky eater and we have the hardest time getting any kind of good nutrition in his system. He won’t even take kids vitamins that are purchased over the counter, like Flintstones or even the gummy vitamins. Sneaking gummy vitamins into his fruit snacks doesn’t even work. He’s too smart for that. So on my list to try is the KIDS Mutlivitamin + Omega 3. Maybe a “sticker” will do the trick.

Shop PatchMD + Discount!

PatchMD Vitamin Supplement Patches can be purchased online at Skinthology.com and a 30 day supply is just $19.95. How amazing is that? For just $19.95 I can avoid choking and gagging on large pills, my mother-in-law can avoid unwanted side effects, and I can even get my son some vitamin/supplement intake. And right now we all can save 20% off a $60+ purchase with promo code STORE20! Who can’t make time for that?

Which PatchMD Vitamin Supplement Patch could you use?

*This post contains an affiliate link and I will/may receive compensation in exchange for this post.  I also received a sample free of charge in exchange for an honest review.  My opinions are 100% my own and in no way influenced by the brand.  Any claims or statistics should be confirmed with the brand.  Please see this blog’s full policies and disclosure here.