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Ecocentric Mom Mystery Bonus Box

I love monthly subscription boxes and Ecocentric Mom happens to be one of my favs! This time around, though, I'm showing you an extra bonus box, the Mom & Baby Mystery Bonus Box. You won't believe all of the full-size products included! #EcocentricMom #allnatural #parenting #healthybaby #healthyfamily #MysteryBonusBox #subscriptionbox

~Thank you to Ecocentric Mom for providing a Mystery Bonus Box for review. This post contains affiliate links, in which I may receive compensation for your purchase.~

I’m sure you already know how much I love monthly subscription boxes. From storybooks and activities for my kids, to men’s clothing for my boyfriend, to beauty products for myself and even general home products for the whole family, there is no shortage of subscription boxes delivered to our house every month.

One of my favorite subscription boxes is Ecocentric Mom, which offers all-natural products that promote healthy living for mom and baby, and even during pregnancy. I’ve actually shared with you a Mom & Baby Box and a Mom Box from Ecocentric Mom in the past. But today I want to share an extra special box from Ecocentric Mom, the Mystery Bonus Box.

There are two Mystery Bonus Box types available – Mom/Woman or Mom & Baby. In the video below, I’m unboxing one of the Mom & Baby Mystery Bonus Boxes. Take a look!

What’s in my Mom & Baby Mystery Bonus Box?

  • Silimap Folding Silicone Map (for baby)
  • Oilogic Stuffy Nose & Cough Essential Oil Roll-On (for baby)
  • Kala Coconut Oil (for mom & baby)
  • Hevea Natural Rubber Pacifier (for baby)
  • Soft Chick Rattle (for baby)
  • EcoLips PoGo Organic Lip Balm (for mom)
  • Manna Kadar Gloss Stain (for mom)
  • Hyperbiotics Pro-Moms (for mom)
  • Patel’s Milk Water Tea (for mom)
  • Weleda Baby Derma Diaper Rash Cream (for baby)
  • Shea Moisture Lotion and Baby Wash/Shampoo Samples (for baby)
  • Fizz Wizz Cleaning Tablets Sample (for baby)
  • Fizz Wizz Pacifier/Nipple/Bottle Wipes (for baby)
  • Dapple Dish Detergent Sample (for mom)
  • Zabana Essentials Balancing & Calming Face + Body Tonic (for mom)
  • Wrap-N-Mat Snack Pouch (for baby)

I love monthly subscription boxes and Ecocentric Mom happens to be one of my favs! This time around, though, I'm showing you an extra bonus box, the Mom & Baby Mystery Bonus Box. You won't believe all of the full-size products included! #EcocentricMom #allnatural #parenting #healthybaby #healthyfamily #MysteryBonusBox #subscriptionbox

Oh my goodness! Just look at ALL of these amazing products! Again, everything is all-natural, organic and promotes a healthy home and body. Some of these products I’m familiar with because I received them in previous Ecocentric Mom boxes, but the majority of these products and brands are new to me. That’s one of the things I love about boxes like this. I get to try new products and brands that I otherwise probably wouldn’t even know about!

And don’t let me forget to mention that all but three or four products in this box are full-sized! Just so you know, I took the time to research every one of these products just to see what everything would retail for and you’re not going to believe this – $169 (minus the samples)! Holy moly!

Guess how much the Mystery Bonus Box is! Just $44.99! Living an all-natural lifestyle can be expensive. I’m not here to tell you that my family lives a completely all-natural and organic lifestyle because that’s far from the truth, but when I come across good deals like this and know the products are better for me and my family, it would be insane not to take advantage!

Get your Ecocentric Mom Mystery Bonus Box here!

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*This post contains affiliate links, in which I may receive compensation for your purchase.  I also received a sample free of charge.  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.

Purederm 10 Day Foot Mask

Wonder if those foot mask things work? I've got the answer for you and I think you'll be amazed! Join me on my 10 day foot mask journey (with video updates) and see just what type of results I got. #healthyfeet #Purederm #footmask
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After seeing photos and a short video of women using what seems like a miracle foot mask, I knew I just had to try it out. I haven’t had a pedicure in a really long time and with sandal weather on it’s way, my feet were in need of some love.

The photos and video that I saw depicted the layer of dead skin literally peeling off the bottom of the foot in large sheets. I thought to myself there’s no way this could be, so I took thing into my own hands to find out for sure.

After browsing foot masks on Amazon, I decided to get the three pair pack of Purederm Shiny & Soft Foot Peeling Masks. The same day they arrived, was the same day I tried them out. I was so excited and just couldn’t wait to see if they’d really work!

Wonder if those foot mask things work? I've got the answer for you and I think you'll be amazed! Join me on my 10 day foot mask journey (with video updates) and see just what type of results I got. #healthyfeet #Purederm #footmask

Day 1 – Application

Application of the foot masks was really easy. You’ll see everything in the video below, but the masks are just a foot shaped bag that has a liquid-type substance inside. You place your foot in the mask and wear them for 60-90 minutes.

Wonder if those foot mask things work? I've got the answer for you and I think you'll be amazed! Join me on my 10 day foot mask journey (with video updates) and see just what type of results I got. #healthyfeet #Purederm #footmask

I was a little concerned the foot masks would be kind of loose, but they actually fit nice and tight. For the 90 minutes I wore them I was sitting for the most part, but you’re still able to walk around if you need to. The masks aren’t uncomfortable to wear, but just a squishy feeling if you walk around.

Wonder if those foot mask things work? I've got the answer for you and I think you'll be amazed! Join me on my 10 day foot mask journey (with video updates) and see just what type of results I got. #healthyfeet #Purederm #footmask

After about 30 minutes I started to feel a tingly, almost minty-like feeling and when the 90 minutes was over, I took the masks off and rinsed my feet. I noticed that the nail polish on my little toes and big toes had been affected by the foot mask.

Those particular toes were in positions that they directly rubbed against the sides of the foot mask, so I think that’s why they were the only ones affected. The three middle toenails on each foot were perfectly fine.

Also, that minty-like coolness continued probably until I went to bed that night (I first applied the masks at about 8 pm).

Wonder if those foot mask things work? I've got the answer for you and I think you'll be amazed! Join me on my 10 day foot mask journey (with video updates) and see just what type of results I got. #healthyfeet #Purederm #footmask

Day 3

Day 3 rolled around and I was totally surprised. The masks actually work! The night of day 3, I took my socks off and looked at my feet and there were spots of loose skin just waiting to be peeled away. I peeled what I could (watch the video) and waited to see what else would happen over the next few days.

Wonder if those foot mask things work? I've got the answer for you and I think you'll be amazed! Join me on my 10 day foot mask journey (with video updates) and see just what type of results I got. #healthyfeet #Purederm #footmask
This is everything I peeled off on Day 3!

Day 4

Day 4 came and, again, there was some additional peeling. Even the bottoms of my toes started to peel a little bit.

Day 7

In the video you’ll see I did a 7 day update just so you could see the progress that had been made before actually getting to day 10. The majority of the bottom of my feet had peeled and there were visible rigid lines all the way around the sole of my foot, where you could see at what point it peeled up to. The line stopped right at the top of the sole, all the way around. I figured that was as far as the peeling would go and that the top and sides of the foot wouldn’t do anything, but I later found out I was wrong.

At this point I also had peeling on the front and tops of my toes, around my toenail. I mean the peeling literally went all the around my toenails and all the way up to the crease of my toenails. There was even peeling in between my toes.

The only places that had yet to peel on the bottom were parts of the rougher, callused spots and also the inner sole.

Day 8

On day 8, it was warmer out so I decided to pull out my sandals. My feet needed some moisturizing, but I wanted so bad to wear them so I did. They were thong sandals that went between the toes and up across the top of my foot.

When I got home and took my sandals off, I noticed that there was slight peeling across the tops of my feet. It was nothing like the large pieces that came off the bottom of my feet, but was peeling nonetheless.

Day 10

Finally day 10 arrived and I was amazed at how well these foot masks had worked. Those rough spots that hadn’t yet peeled a few days ago, had peeled at this point. My heel looked amazing and wasn’t at all dry and cracked in the creases. The rougher, callused spots still felt a little rough, but they did peel and were visibly better. Just what I need for sandal wearing!

This also means that the foot masks delivered exactly what they said they would. By day 10 the calluses are supposed to be all gone and as of day 10, all of mine had peeled. The tops of my toes had also started peeling down to the base of the toes and the inner sole that hadn’t peeled yet was very dry and peeled off in small strips.

Day 12

As a little added bonus, after taking a shower the night of day 12 I noticed the tops and sides of my feet were peeling. Again, not in large pieces like the bottoms of my feet did, but with some rough rubbing, the skin kind of rolled off.

Wonder if those foot mask things work? I've got the answer for you and I think you'll be amazed! Join me on my 10 day foot mask journey and see just what type of results I got. #healthyfeet #Purederm #footmask
This picture doesn’t even do justice, but you can see that the dry, flaky skin from the “before” picture is now gone. You definitely want to watch the video!

Ready to get your feet sandal ready?

Head over to Amazon and get your order in now! When I ordered, the pack of three was just $10.99 and today the pack appears to be $11.99, so know that prices on Amazon change all the time. There are a few different scents that Purederm offers, too. I assume since they’re the same brand, and have the same purpose, they’ll all work the same.

Order Your Favorite Scent: Lemon Apple | Apricot

Also, order when you seem them! They are currently out of stock and every single time I go back to check, it’s the same thing. It just so happens that when I ordered back in February they were out of stock at that time too, but lucky would be restocked in just a few days. As soon as that date came, I believe it was the next day that my order was shipped.

*This post contains affiliate links, 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.

Salad Is on Our Springtime Menu

I never realized how much excess water my salads had until I tried the Quick Dry Salad Spinner from Cave Tools. After just one use, it's clear why I'll never make another salad without a few spins in the salad spinner. Head over to the blog to see exactly what I mean. #CaveTools #QuickDrySaladSpinner

~Thank you to Cave Tools for providing me with the Quick Dry Salad Spinner for review. This post contains affiliate links, in which I may receive compensation for your purchase.~

The weather is getting warmer and spring gardens are starting to pop up everywhere. What this means for my family is springtime salads! I love chopping up fresh lettuce and veggies, and putting together the perfect salad. From tomatoes, to cucumbers, onions, carrots, hard boiled eggs, bacon pieces, shredded cheese and avocado, a leafy salad is one of my favorites!

Unfortunately, I’ve had my fair share of salads that didn’t quite taste right, but when I experience that off beat taste I know exactly what the problem is. The lettuce wasn’t rinsed before the salad was put together. Personally, I like to chop up a fresh head of lettuce for my salads, but did you know that even if you purchase pre-chopped lettuce or salad mixes that you should still rinse it? You really should!

I never realized how much excess water my salads had until I tried the Quick Dry Salad Spinner from Cave Tools. After just one use, it's clear why I'll never make another salad without a few spins in the salad spinner. Head over to the blog to see exactly what I mean. #CaveTools #QuickDrySaladSpinner

This brings me to the newest addition to our arsenal of kitchen products, the Quick Dry Salad Spinner from Cave Tools. Until now, I have always rinsed lettuce either before chopping it up or by simply placing it in a colander after it’s chopped and rinsing in the sink, while the water drains through the colander holes.

The problem with this is that many times the salad ends up a bit watery and it’s simply because a lot of the water gets trapped between the lettuce pieces. The Quick Dry Salad Spinner helps to eliminate that watery effect in the simplest way. In fact, it’s so simple that lettuce rinsing has become one of my 5 year old son’s kitchen duties.

I never realized how much excess water my salads had until I tried the Quick Dry Salad Spinner from Cave Tools. After just one use, it's clear why I'll never make another salad without a few spins in the salad spinner. Head over to the blog to see exactly what I mean. #CaveTools #QuickDrySaladSpinner

Notable Features:

  • Works on fruits, veggies, berries, peppers, pasta, leafy greens and more.
  • Vented lid for easy rinsing.
  • Holds more than 3 quarts of veggies.
  • Dishwasher safe.
  • Lifetime satisfaction guarantee.

While the salad spinner allows you to spin and rinse the lettuce directly from the bowl and pour the excess water out the vented lid, I wanted to show you just how much of a difference the salad spinner makes versus my usual way of rinsing in a colander.

So I had my son use the spinner’s colander to rinse the salad in the sink as I usually would and then give it a few good shakes to get rid of any excess water. At this point I would normally start putting my salad together. Instead we put the Quick Dry Salad Spinner to work.

I never realized how much excess water my salads had until I tried the Quick Dry Salad Spinner from Cave Tools. After just one use, it's clear why I'll never make another salad without a few spins in the salad spinner. Head over to the blog to see exactly what I mean. #CaveTools #QuickDrySaladSpinner


After a few goods spins, this is the amount of excess water the Quick Dry Salad Spinner was able to extract. This would have normally ended up in my salad! And that’s not even all of it. My son gave the lettuce a second go round in the salad spinner and extracted even more excess water.

I never realized how much excess water my salads had until I tried the Quick Dry Salad Spinner from Cave Tools. After just one use, it's clear why I'll never make another salad without a few spins in the salad spinner. Head over to the blog to see exactly what I mean. #CaveTools #QuickDrySaladSpinner

I think it’s pretty clear that we will never make another salad without putting the lettuce through a few spins in our Quick Dry Salad Spinner. Want to do the same with your springtime salads?

Save on a Quick Dry Salad Spinner!

The Quick Dry Salad Spinner is available for purchase directly from Cave Tools and also at Amazon. When purchasing from Cave Tools, use promo code SALAD15 and you’ll save 15% off the regular price of $14.99. This makes the salad spinner just $12.75! 

Or if you’re like me and have some Amazon credits saved up (or you’re just so excited to get it and want to use your free 2-day Prime shipping), head over to Amazon and get one for $19.99.

Oh, and did I mention you can serve the salad right from the salad spinner’s serving bowl? It’s a pretty cool all-in-one kitchen tool!

What is your favorite springtime salad?

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*Thank you to Cave Tools for providing me with the Quick Dry Salad Spinner and helping me keep my salads clean and tasty. This post contains affiliate links, 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.

The Migraine Hat

Do you suffer from migraines? Do you suffer from headaches? I get terrible eye-popping headaches that have ultimately led to going to bed early and missing out on family time, but since being introduced to The Migraine Hat, I no longer miss that valued family time. Head over to the blog to check out my review of The Migraine Hat to see if it's something that could provide you with migraine relief. #TheMigraineHat #TheDailyMigraine #migrainerelief #headacherelief
~Thank you to Marketing Maven for providing me with The Migraine Hat for review.~

While I have never personally suffered a migraine, I do on occasion suffer from terrible headaches that make my eyes feel like they’re going to pop out of my head. After a long day of sitting in front of the computer, or using my phone to answer emails throughout the day, my eyes are pretty strained and they have absolutely no problem letting me know.

When this happens, I usually end up going to bed early because it just hurts too much to have my eyes open. Closing my eyes for a few minutes doesn’t help, as they continually throb and the light in the room doesn’t help either. The only thing that helps is sleep in a dark room. And just imagine how hard it is to get through the day when these eye-popping headaches present around lunch time. There’s no darkness to be found.

Do you suffer from migraines? Do you suffer from headaches? I get terrible eye-popping headaches that have ultimately led to going to bed early and missing out on family time, but since being introduced to The Migraine Hat, I no longer miss that valued family time. Head over to the blog to check out my review of The Migraine Hat to see if it's something that could provide you with migraine relief. #TheMigraineHat #TheDailyMigraine #migrainerelief #headacherelief

I hate having to go to bed early due to a headache like this because I miss out on valuable family time. It’s just absolutely no way to live. But after being introduced to The Migraine Hat, I don’t have to live this way anymore.

What is The Migraine Hat?

The Migraine Hat is exactly what it sounds like. It’s a hat that helps reduce and eliminate the effects of a migraine. Now, as I’ve already said, I have never personally experienced a migraine, so I’m going to offer my opinions on the product from the point of view of my eye-popping headaches that ultimately result in me going to bed earlier.

Do you suffer from migraines? Do you suffer from headaches? I get terrible eye-popping headaches that have ultimately led to going to bed early and missing out on family time, but since being introduced to The Migraine Hat, I no longer miss that valued family time. Head over to the blog to check out my review of The Migraine Hat to see if it's something that could provide you with migraine relief. #TheMigraineHat #TheDailyMigraine #migrainerelief #headacherelief

Features:

  • Quick cooling and soothing relief
  • Adjustable one size fits all (adults and children)
  • Hands-free hat for use on the go
  • Removable hat topper
  • Removable and reusable flexible Cryo-gel Ice Packs that stay cold up to 4 hours
  • Adjust tight or loose to target pressure points
  • Pull over eyes and ears to block light and sound
  • Drawstring storage bag keeps all components together

The science behind The Migraine Hat is that ice compression, or cool compression, helps to relieve migraines. The Cryo-Gel Ice Packs provide up to 4 hours of cooling relief and because The Migraine Hat is adjustable to fit loosely or tightly, you’re in control of the amount of compression you want. And since it’s a hat, it’s hand-free relief so you can get back to living life the way you were meant to.

Relief in 3 Simple Steps

Before using The Migraine Hat you have to give the Cryo-gel Ice Pack time to freeze. But once it’s nice and cold you’ll definitely be in business. You simply place the ice pack into the hat and close the Velcro along the top rim.

Do you suffer from migraines? Do you suffer from headaches? I get terrible eye-popping headaches that have ultimately led to going to bed early and missing out on family time, but since being introduced to The Migraine Hat, I no longer miss that valued family time. Head over to the blog to check out my review of The Migraine Hat to see if it's something that could provide you with migraine relief. #TheMigraineHat #TheDailyMigraine #migrainerelief #headacherelief

Do you suffer from migraines? Do you suffer from headaches? I get terrible eye-popping headaches that have ultimately led to going to bed early and missing out on family time, but since being introduced to The Migraine Hat, I no longer miss that valued family time. Head over to the blog to check out my review of The Migraine Hat to see if it's something that could provide you with migraine relief. #TheMigraineHat #TheDailyMigraine #migrainerelief #headacherelief

Then it’s just –

  1. Wrap
  2. Cool
  3. Compress

Do you suffer from migraines? Do you suffer from headaches? I get terrible eye-popping headaches that have ultimately led to going to bed early and missing out on family time, but since being introduced to The Migraine Hat, I no longer miss that valued family time. Head over to the blog to check out my review of The Migraine Hat to see if it's something that could provide you with migraine relief. #TheMigraineHat #TheDailyMigraine #migrainerelief #headacherelief

Does it work?

For those of you who experience migraines, I’ve heard they’re much more intense, debilitating even, and beyond what I experience with my eye-popping headaches. With that being said, I can’t say whether it helps with migraine relief, but as far as my headaches The Migraine Hat has worked wonders.

I find the frozen Cryo-gel Ice Packs to be too cold for me, so rather than freezing them I keep mine in the refrigerator. When I feel my eyes starting to hurt, or even after they’re in full-on “watch out, don’t stand in front of me, POP” mode, I wrap my hat around my head and immediately get relief. When the ice packs are refrigerated they hold their coldness for about 30 minutes and that’s all I need.

Do you suffer from migraines? Do you suffer from headaches? I get terrible eye-popping headaches that have ultimately led to going to bed early and missing out on family time, but since being introduced to The Migraine Hat, I no longer miss that valued family time. Head over to the blog to check out my review of The Migraine Hat to see if it's something that could provide you with migraine relief. #TheMigraineHat #TheDailyMigraine #migrainerelief #headacherelief

I also prefer to have the hat fit tightly and when I do it that way I can feel the individual ice squares applying pressure in all the right places, particularly my forehead and temples. I also like to keep the hat pulled down over my eyes so that it’s dark and also without the hat topper so there’s room for my mom bun. After 20-30 minutes I’m able to get back to my family or carry on with whatever I need to.

Price

The Migraine Hat retails for $29.99 and included you get two of the Cryo-gel Ice Packs so that while you’re using one, you have another that will be ready at hand if you need it. I think this is a great price considering it’s more effective than what multiple bottles of generic medicine could do.

There is another package option for $59.99 that includes a third Cryo-gel Ice Pack, along with a custom cooler bag that will keep The Migraine Hat ready for use while you’re on the go.

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The great thing about The Migraine Hat is that it can be used on the go. Wear it while you work, in the car, while doing housework, on your lunch break, grocery shopping, anywhere! It definitely provides me the relief I need to get back to my daily routine.

Do you suffer from migraines? Could you benefit from The Migraine Hat?

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*Thank you to Marketing Maven for providing me with The Migraine Hat and helping me take control of my headaches. 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.

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.~
*This post contains affiliate links in which I may receive compensation for your purchase. 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.

Pampering Is Easy with #Groupon

Health, Beauty & Wellness Groupons are all I need for a full day of pampering at an affordable price. #Groupon #ad
*This is a sponsored post. Opinions are 100% my own.

Now that we’re soon to be in our new home, I have no idea where to go for all of my beauty  and pampering needs. All of my usual places are way too far, so I have to find new spots. And affordable ones at that.

My plan isn’t to just drive around looking for places in the area and I don’t know anyone around here so I can’t really ask around, so I’m turning to Groupon! Not only can I find savings on all of my health, beauty and wellness needs, but it’s a way to easily narrow down locations that are close to me.

Health, Beauty & Wellness Groupons are all I need for a full day of pampering at an affordable price. #Groupon #ad

The first thing on my list is a massage. After loading up all of our belongings in a storage container at our old address, I could barely move the next day and we haven’t even unloaded everything at our new place yet. I’m sure I’ll be sore and stiff the day after we do that, too. So being the proactive person that I am, I’ve already started planning a day of pampering for when we’re all moved. While browsing Groupon I found tons of Health, Beauty & Wellness Groupons that fit the bill.

This isn’t my first time using massage Groupons, either. My boyfriend actually surprised me not too long ago with a Groupon for a local spa near our old home and it was an awesome experience. I got 3 facials, 3 full-body chair massages and 3 water bed massages all for just $29, and the spa itself was very serene and relaxing. I went once a month over a 3 month period, so it was literally 3 days of pampering in one great deal!

And now that I’m planning my own day of pampering, I can’t wait to make time after this move is over to get a massage. I’m already eyeing Groupons for a deep-tissue massage, a foot massage, a facial and everything in between!

Have you ever used a Groupon for a pampering need?

*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.

GERBER CEREAL Provides the Iron My Little One Needs

GERBER CEREALS provide a great source of iron for little ones, as they grow and develop in their first year. #GerberCereal @Gerber #babyfood
 

Sooo, have you figured out yet that we are totally a Gerber family? I’ve been talking about our love for Gerber for a few weeks now. My mom has told me that I grew up on Gerber baby products, my son grew up on Gerber baby formula and purees, and now my daughter is in love with just about every Gerber food that exists. Yeap, I think it’s safe to say we’re a Gerber family.

Because I have two kids, I tend to compare them when it comes to reaching different milestones and while my kids are like two peas in a pod and look like twins born 3 years apart, they still have their own personalities and differences. One such difference is as I just mentioned, my son was given baby formula, but my daughter has been breastfed.

So while my son was getting all the nutrients he needed through his baby formula, one thing my daughter is lacking from being breastfed, is not getting enough iron. No matter how much iron intake I have, it doesn’t affect the amount of iron in my breast milk.

Where is my daughter going to get the iron she needs? She’s going to get it from GERBER CEREALS! Told you we are a Gerber family, haha.

Did you know iron was important to your baby’s diet?

 

Adequate iron intake is important in supporting healthy brain development and overall growth, especially within baby’s first year. Breast milk naturally contains iron, but many times exclusively or partially breastfed babies are started on an iron supplement at around the age of 4 months.

My daughter is getting her iron supplement in the form of GERBER CEREALS. Just 2 servings of GERBER CEREAL a day provides her with 90% of the daily iron she needs to help support her learning ability.

GERBER CEREALS provide a great source of iron for little ones, as they grow and develop in their first year. #GerberCereal @Gerber #babyfood

We recently made our weekly trip to Walmart to restock on her GERBER CEREALS and chose to stick to the basic ones like Single Grain Oatmeal, Single Grain Whole Wheat, Single Grain Rice and also Multigrain. The GERBER CEREALS were very easy to locate in the baby section and my local Walmart even had a large end cap display of nothing but our favorite GERBER CEREALS.

Since we’ve restocked, my daughter has no problem getting her daily amount of iron intake and now that she’s 12 months old, she likes when I mix in a little Gerber puree. I mix in some of the fruit flavors when she has GERBER CEREAL for breakfast, and in the evening for dinner, I mix in some of the vegetable flavored purees. She loves the taste and I love that she’s getting the iron she needs to continue healthy growth and learning.

GERBER CEREALS provide a great source of iron for little ones, as they grow and develop in their first year. #GerberCereal @Gerber #babyfood

Have you spotted GERBER CEREALS at Walmart?

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*Thank you to Gerber for sponsoring today’s post and allowing me to ensure my little one has the iron she needs. 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.

Snack Time with Gerber Lil’ Beanies

Gerber Lil' Beanies are a nutritious, yet tasty snack your toddler will love! Learn how to save $0.75 when you buy them at Publix! #GerberWinWin @Gerber

Snack time in my house could very well be my kids’ favorite time of day. They run ragged all day, so when snack time rolls around they’re more than ready to be refueled. My toddler now thinks she can eat everything her older brother does and she certainly wants to.

The problem is that he’s such a picky eater to begin with and only eats certain foods – junk foods (hopefully he’ll grow out of this stage soon). So while my toddler may be able to handle the consistency of some of the foods her older brother eats, they’re not the healthiest foods for her.

One of my son’s favorite snacks is cheese puffs and it’s also a snack my daughter enjoys as well. Definitely tasty (who doesn’t like cheese puffs?), but certainly not very healthy.

Gerber Lil' Beanies are a nutritious, yet tasty snack your toddler will love! Learn how to save $0.75 when you buy them at Publix! #GerberWinWin @Gerber
Beep, beep! My mom’s saving $0.75 on Gerber Lil’ Beanies, my favorite snack!

 

Luckily, Gerber Lil’ Beanies is the perfect substitute for my toddler. They may not have the exact same cheesy taste as cheese puffs, but they have the same consistency and their very own delicious taste.

The best part? They are so much healthier for her and she loves them! It’s a win-win for both of us!

Gerber Lil' Beanies are a nutritious, yet tasty snack your toddler will love! Learn how to save $0.75 when you buy them at Publix! #GerberWinWin @Gerber
Mom, do you think 3 is enough?

 

Made from navy beans, Gerber Lil’ Beanies are a baked bean-based snack (say that 3 times fast, haha) that provide 2 grams of protein, 1 gram of fiber and 10% the daily value of Vitamin E, per serving.

Gerber Lil' Beanies are a nutritious, yet tasty snack your toddler will love! Learn how to save $0.75 when you buy them at Publix! #GerberWinWin @Gerber
Ooooh, here comes another mom and her kids! Tell her how to save on Gerber Lil’ Beanies!

 

And with two available flavors, Original and White Cheddar Broccoli, you’re toddler will surely enjoy one or the other, if not both. My daughter loves the White Cheddar Broccoli Lil’Beanies and when we visited our local Publix last week to pick some up, she couldn’t even wait until we got home to dig in!

Not only do I prefer my daughter to enjoy Gerber Lil’ Beanies as a snack over cheese puffs, I also like that they’re very affordable. Publix has them for just $2.00 each and to make it an even better deal, Ibotta is offering a $0.75 rebate! So if your toddler hasn’t yet tried Gerber Lil’ Beanies, now is the perfect time to head to your local Publix and pick some up.

Gerber Lil' Beanies are a nutritious, yet tasty snack your toddler will love! Learn how to save $0.75 when you buy them at Publix! #GerberWinWin @Gerber

Gerber Lil' Beanies are a nutritious, yet tasty snack your toddler will love! Learn how to save $0.75 when you buy them at Publix! #GerberWinWin @Gerber

Just look at my daughter! The other day I realized she had gotten kind of quiet and when little ones get quiet you know that normally means they’re up to no good. I looked around and found her sitting under the table with one of her Gerber Lil’ Beanies snacks.

Gerber Lil' Beanies are a nutritious, yet tasty snack your toddler will love! Learn how to save $0.75 when you buy them at Publix! #GerberWinWin @Gerber

I guess she was making time for her own snack break. This is definitely the type of quiet I can get used to! Now I just need to work on my picky eater of a son.

Which Gerber Lil’ Beanies flavor do you think your toddler will enjoy?

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*Thank you to Gerber for sponsoring today’s post and inspiring my toddler to snack healthier. 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.

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.

Making Time for Great Recipes: Blue Wave Smoothie

Making Time for Great #Recipes: Blue Wave Smoothie

One thing I’ve tried to change in my diet over the past few years is to eat more fresh fruits and vegetables.  So far it’s been a lot easier than I thought it would be and I’ve learned so much about different ways of preparing and cooking different fruits and vegetables.

About 4 years ago, in an effort to lose weight I decided to look for a cookbook that had recipes that were low in carbs, fat and calories.  I came across Eat What You Love by Marlene Koch.

Not only is this cookbook great for weight loss, but the recipes were also great for controlling diabetes, which is something that runs in my family.  Up to this point I’ve avoided being diagnosed with diabetes and hope to be able to continue being diabetes free.

Making Time for Great #Recipes: Blue Wave Smoothie

Every single recipe I’ve tried from Eat What You Love has been delicious and I use the recipes ALL the time.  One of the first recipes I tried was the “Blue Wave Smoothie” and it immediately became a favorite.  And now, 4 years later, I’m still enjoying a “Blue Wave Smoothie” about once a week.  It’s easy to make, requires only a few ingredients, uses fresh fruit and tastes amazing!

Blue Wave Smoothie
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Serves: 1-2
 
This Blue Wave Smoothie is the refreshing, cool taste you need on a hot summer day!
Ingredients
  • ½ cup of blueberries (fresh or frozen)
  • ½ cup plain nonfat yogurt
  • ½ cup light white grape juice
  • 1 Tbsp (or 2 packets) Splenda
  • ½ to ¾ cup crushed ice (only ½ cup if using frozen blueberries)
Instructions
  1. Place all the ingredients, except the ice, in a blender. Blend to mix.
  2. Add crushed ice and blend on high until the ice is completely incorporated.
Notes
This smoothie is also great without the ice.
Nutrition Information
Calories: 120 Fat: 0g Saturated fat: 0g Carbohydrates: 24g Sugar: 16g Sodium: 100mg Fiber: 2g Protein: 5g Cholesterol: 0mg

 

Do you enjoy smoothies?

*This post contains affiliate links.  I did not receive a sample in exchange for this post and am just sharing my own experience.  My opinions are 100% my own and in no way influenced by the author.  Any claims or statistics should be confirmed with the author.  Please see this blog’s full policies and disclosure here.