This year we've been very lucky with the weather here in Georgia. Spring arrived very early this year and at the beginning of March we've had highs in the 80s already! I'm so happy because we are an outdoor kind of family. We love being outside and, since we live in the mountains, there is always something fun to do. It's so important to stay active as a family, especially for children. Why? Being active benefits children in may ways, including promoting healthy growth and development, building strong bones and muscles, and improving self-esteem! I notice my children are much happier after spending time outside and I think we parents also benefit from getting some fresh air and letting the children burn off some of that extra energy!
There are many ways we stay active with this kids and I highly recommend as a family. Here are 5 ways to stay active outdoors with children this Spring and Summer!
1. Plan a visit to a national or state park! We live close to the Amicalola Falls State Park because there are several hiking trails, beautiful scenery and you can even hike to see the amazing falls. They even have a hike-inn where you hike up part of the mountain and spend the night.
2. Plant a garden! We plant a garden every year. The boys love digging in the dirt and it's great exercise! This year I bought them their own above-ground garden, which is an 8x8 area. They can dig in it, plan flowers and vegetables, etc. Not only is it fun for them, but they learn something from the experience and get to enjoy the results! We have already planted our flowers and have one tomato plant that has several tomatoes already forming.
3. Go fishing! Older kids may actually love to go fishing. We go out to our creek and walk along the rocks. Josiah enjoys casting his reel, but more than anything he just likes playing in the water. Encourage children to look for the fish and find other creatures in the water. We always find clam shells, crayfish and other goodies to tote home with us.
Mostly we take our holidays to the coast. The children love going to the beach and so do I. Last year we went to Myrtle Beach, South Carolina, but this year we are going to Florida! The gulf coast water is so incredibly crystal clear and a brilliant blue color. When we go on vacation, we don't just sit on the beach all day. It's important to get out and see what the area has to offer. That's why we always plan ahead of time.
Have you started planning your family holiday yet? Where are you going this year? Just remember, don't wait too long to start planning. There are some awesome deals right now that you don't want to miss!
Since we moved to our new house, we've taken our recycling habits to a new level! We don't have trash pick-up here in the mountains and must haul our trash to the dump. This has definitely given us more insight into how much trash we create each week and inspired us to start recycling more often. At our local dump it is completely free to recycle, but we must pay $1 per bag of trash, so that has been great encouragement, too! We don't have any recycle bins minus the huge storage bin we have been using. It's a complete mess and a sight for sore eyes, for sure. We can't even put it outside because the bears and other animals will get it, so it sits in my kitchen looking horrible! This is why I couldn't wait to try out the Rubbermaid Hidden Recycler.
About the Hidden Recycler
- Hinged lid attaches to cabinet door with over the door hooks or screws
- Bag is made from 65% post-consumer resin
- Bag is machine washable
- Comfortable handle for transport
- 5 gallon bag holds 36 uncrushed cans and is large enough to fit 1 gallon milk jugs
- Great for single stream recyclers
- Great for apartment living
I sat down this morning to put together our Hidden Recycler from Rubbermaid and realized I had to actually read the directions. Once I did that, assembly was simple! The package before was very compact, so if you ever need to store the item when not in use, it will not take up much room at all. Here's a picture of how small it was:
|The day Liam was born. He was so tiny and needed help breathing.|
For this reason, we were given advice on several different occasions, including during the parenting classes about taking precautions against germs and RSV for our preemie. There are many easy ways to keep those germs to a minimum during those first weeks and it is of utmost importance to heed this advice for the sake of your own baby. Seeing a baby in the hospital with RSV was heartbreaking because you could see and hear just how sick they were. Believe me, you do NOT want this for your own baby, so without further ado, here are some suggestions for proper baby etiquette when bringing baby home from the hospital!
|Our little man at home and growing strong!|
- Call before you visit. New parents need time to set up a routine and bond. By giving them time to do so before you visit, you are respecting the new family.
- Postpone a visit if you feel that you may be getting sick, have recently been ill or exposed to illness.
- Remember that parents know best. If you feel they are being overprotective or overly cautious, just consider that only they know what’s best for the health of their new son or daughter.
- Offer to do something to ease their responsibilities as they spend time as a family, such as laundry, cooking or dishes. Sleep-deprived moms and dads will appreciate your help!
- Wash your hands frequently—upon entering the home and especially prior to holding the baby. Parents, and the new baby, will appreciate it.
- Leave toddlers at home, especially during the winter months. Young children, especially if they attend day care or preschool, often carry germs and viruses, like RSV, that are easily spread.
- Almost every baby will contract RSV by age 2, but only 1/3 of moms say they’ve heard of the virus.
- Serious RSV infection is the leading cause of infant hospitalization, responsible for more than 125,000 hospitalizations and up to 500 infant deaths each year.
- RSV occurs in epidemics each fall through spring. The CDC has defined “RSV season” as beginning in November and lasting through March for most parts of North America.
- There is no treatment for RSV, so it’s important for parents to take preventive steps to help protect their child (e.g., wash hands, toys, bedding frequently; avoid crowds and cigarette smoke).
- Certain babies are at an increased risk of developing serious RSV infection, so it’s important to speak with a pediatrician to determine if a baby may be at high risk for RSV, and discuss preventive measures.
- Symptoms of serious RSV infection include: persistent coughing or wheezing; rapid, difficult, or gasping breaths; blue color on the lips, mouth, or under the fingernails; high fever; extreme fatigue; and difficulty feeding. Parents should contact a medical professional immediately upon signs of these symptoms.
There is only one thing better than buying shoes for myself... buying them for my kids! I love buying clothes and shoes for my boys, but I am super-picky about the shoes I buy for them. I want the shoes to be cute and fit their personalities, but I also want them to be durable and comfortable, of course. My boys love playtime, so they always put their shoes to the test every single day. I had the opportunity to work with Umi Shoes and had to tell you all about them because they are great shoes for babies, girls and boys!
About Umi (from website)
We are Umi Children's Shoes and around here, happy little feet begin with our gentle hands. Hands that meticulously craft each and every shoe for teh utmost in comfort and fit. Hands that simply know how to make a better children's shoe. So: what makes a better children's shoe? Years or experience working with age-appropriate lasts, patterns and buttersoft leathers give Umi a step up over everyone else. At Umi, all we make are children's shoes, and we believe every step your child takes is as important as their very first.
I received the black flits to review, though they also come in grey. The timeless Mary Jane style means these shoes can pretty much go with any outfit! I have seriously worn them every day since they arrived. We live up in the mountains and are constantly outside playing, hiking or walking along the creek. For all of these activities, the flit shoes have been great! I love being barefoot, but this is just not possible since we live on a gravel road on a mountainside. The kigo shoes are the next best thing to being barefoot and I've even noticed myself wearing them indoors. I simply forget they are on! Usually I pop off my shoes as soon as I am in the front door, but now I seem to wear my flits more and more.
Besides the fact that these shoes are adorable and amazingly comfortable, kigo footwear, as a company, is committed to environmental awareness. Their business philosophy, avoid, reuse/recycle, reduce, is simple, yet effective in that it helps them take stock of what items can be avoided (extra paper usage, traveling, etc.), reused (many parts of the shoes are made of recycled goods) and reduced (unnecessary paper stuffed in boxes before shipping)! More companies should follow their example, that's for sure.
Check out the kigo footwear website and let me know which pair of shoes is your favorite! If you find a pair you just can't live without, no problem! They have provided Children Teaching Mama readers with an awesome 20% off coupon code! Use code: KIGOMAMA from now until April 3rd to receive 20% off your order from kigofootwear.com
|I love these shoes!|
To counteract the attack, I jumped on the chance to try out MaxClarity, an acne solution like no others on the market. It is the world's very first acne-fighting foam system and, with the MaxClarity Difference Promise, you will receive these amazing products with the promise that they are uniquely different from any other products and you can tell a difference much more quickly. The VersaFoam quickly absorbs into your skin and goes directly to the problem. It actually heals your skin from the inside out. By using the system twice daily, which includes the MaxClarity Cleanser and Advanced Acne Treatment when you wake and the MaxClarity Deep Cleanser and Rejuvenating Toner at night before bed, you can began your journey to healthy acne-free skin. The kit also includes an awesome Foaming Body Wash to clean other acne-prone areas like your chest, back and arms.
The MaxClarity Difference Team is very committed to researching and testing these acne-fighting products to provide customers with an amazing product that works like no others! We just received our kit and are going to put MaxClarity to the test for my nephew and on my own acne-prone skin to see just how well it works. I am optimistic and excited about this new system and concept, so we are hoping to have some beautiful, clear skin just in time for summer! Take a look back soon for our follow-up post with more info, thoughts and a review.
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I wrote this review while participating in a blog tour by Mom Central Consulting on behalf of MaxClarity and received a product sample to facilitate my review and a promotional item to thank me for taking the time to participate.
As a child, I always looked forward to a delicious breakfast every Saturday morning with my my family. During the week, we were always on the go and my dad worked from before sun-up until sundown. However, on the weekends, my dad was home and it was the time we could always spend together. My mom went all out for our family, making the weekend a time we all looked forward to. She was always making all the southern breakfast fare you could imagine. Each weekend there was something new to eat (ham, bacon, fresh tomatoes, toast, pancakes, sausave,ect.), but there was one thing always set on the table - Tropicana Orange Juice. It was what she always had on the table when she was a child, so she did the same for her family. I grew up on Tropicana and now, at 32 years old, I still love it and buy it today! Now that I have my own family, we like to start the day off right with a delicious breakfast, too. It is the most important meal of the day, but it is also a great way to spend time with my boys before they head off to school. The boys have a long, fun day ahead of them and need a great start to their day, which always includes Tropicana Orange Juice, too. I've noticed how happy it makes them to sit together and eat breakfast before heading to school, so it's one of those things we all look forward to! Plus, on the weekends, we still have a huge breakfast for the entire family. It's funny how some things never change. They are traditions passed down from generation to generation.
Tropicana Pure Premium is 100% Pure Florida Orange Juice, so I know my family is getting the best of the best! They grow in several different areas of Florida, which allows them to produce delicious, ripe oranges throughout the entire year. That means we are ensured quality orange juice every time we pour a glass of Tropicana! My boys love orange juice! One glass gives them a great deal of Vitamin C and, this is always important for our health.
As you well know, I love a good sweepstakes and any way to save some money, so I had to tell my readers about the new Tropicana Perfect Pick Sweepstakes. You have a chance to win 100 Florida prizes, including a one-year-supplies of Tropicana (in the form of twelve 59oz. Tropicana Pure Premium Containers) AND a trip to Florida to visit an actual orange grove! How cool would that be? One lucky winner will win a trip to the Florida orange grove with three guests, which includes: Round-trip airfare for four to Florida, a three-night stay at a Florida hotel!! Who wouldn't love to do this?! For all the official rules/regulations, visit the "sweeps" tab on Tropicana's Facebook page. Also, use the box below to easily "Like" Tropicana on Facebook!
Disclosure: “I wrote this blog post while participating in the SocialMoms and Tropicana blogging program, to earn My SocialMoms Rewards Points. The opinions and ideas expressed here are my own. To read more posts on this topic, click here.”
As a Mom I have learned first-hand just how quickly kids outgrow their clothes. By the time you buy them one size, they seem to sprout overnight to the next size! Shoes that fit the day before become snug the next afternoon. It's possible to spend a great deal of money buying new clothes and shoes for your children, but Loobalee was created to help you sell gently used clothes to make some money and to save money by purchasing clothes others have listed!
Moms have been purchasing and selling clothes online since the early 2000s, but Loobalee offers something other venues fail to provide. It is free and secure, offering a great place for Moms to sell clothes/buy clothes without all of the hidden fees.
You don't have to worry about spam or excessive listing fees. Loobalee is moderated to provide a buying/selling community for Moms that they can trust and depend upon. They connect Moms in a unique, like-minded community to share in something they all love -- dressing their kids!
Loobalee is much more than the usual impersonal sell/buy site where you don't know if you can trust the seller/buyer. The items listed are all nice, quality clothing, shoes and accessories. I found several of my favorite brands for the boys, including Gymboree, Ralph Lauren and Mini Boden all at amazing prices. You just use the search bar on the left side to customize your search (clothing for girls, boys or neutral, along with size, etc.) to find exactly what you are looking for! I ended up purchasing 2 Ralph Lauren polo Shirts (3T) that were brand NEW with tags and guess how much they cost? I paid only $18 for both shirts and the shipping!!! I am just blown away with how much money I saved. One Ralph Lauren shirt costs more than that!
There is a huge selection of clothing already and I know this website will continue to grow and grow! Go ahead and sign up for your Loobalee account today and check out all the great clothes for sale. Have some nice clothes around that your child has outgrown? List them for free today!
I've learned first hand that children say the funniest things! I never know what will come out of my son's mouth and most of the time. The Clorox Family of Toilet Products recently launched a new website called "The Clorox Lounge", which celebrates the most-used and underrated rooms in our homes.... the bathroom, of course! Hosted by one of my favorite comedians, Sherri Shepherd, The Clorox Lounge is turning the bathroom into a laughroom! The community is designed to be a mom's go-to-place for comedy. As a mom, Sherri Shepherd has had her fair share of silly mom moments, so you will find some hilarious anecdotes, contests, coupons and giveaways. If you need a good laugh, The Clorox Lounge is definitely the place to go.
As we all know, going to the potty is the way we moms get a break. I have to lock the door to keep the kids out and I keep magazines in there so I can read. It's the only time during the day I can enjoy the silence and secretly listen to my husband getting pummeled by the kids in the next room. The bathroom has inspired many hilarious moments for the genre of comedy, especially for moms. We've had so many potty training experience, accidents and other happenings that go on each day. You never know what will happen with kids around!
What's my funny bathroom moment with my kids? Well, it wasn't funny at the time, but now that I look back I can smile and laugh about it. When my oldest son was about 1.5 years old, we were at home one day and I noticed how quiet it was... too quiet, especially with a kiddo in the house. I went to check on him and found him in the bathroom. Josiah was completely covered in baby powder and so was the entire bathroom! It took me forever to clean up and there are still spots I find occasionally with a bit of powder. Makes me laugh every time! What is your funny bathroom moment with your child(ren)?
So, remember I mentioned fun giveaways are included on The Clorox Lounge website? Right now you can win $10,000!!! All you need to do is join TheCloroxLounge.com community and register your info! This automatically enters you for a chance to win $10,000! In addition, you can gain more entries each day by logging in AND leaving a comment on a story, photo or blog post. Easy!
There is also a Last Comic Sitting contest going on right now. Over 8 weeks, the 10 funniest moms and dads selected will go head-to-head in a stand-up competition for a chance to sit on the thrown and be crowned the Last Comic Sitting! Each week they will face new challenges and, based on consumer voting, one will be eliminated! The grand prize winner will receive $10,000. For four weeks you will have the opportunity to vote for your favorite comics until there is only one winner left! Believe me, you won't want to miss the hilarious videos.
Lots of chances to win -- just use the Rafflecopter form below and complete as many entries as you’d like. Giveaway ends on 3/25 and is open to worldwide. Good luck!
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Don't forget to check back soon for my review.
- Skin Softening Cleanser
- Creme de Serum
- Lifting Eye Creme – Advanced Formula
- Skin Brightening Decollete and Neck Treatment SPF 15
- Antioxidant Day Creme SPF 20 UVA/UVB
- Glowing Serum
- Glycolic Treatment Pads
After using the Meaningful Beauty 5-Step Treatment for about a week, I could already tell my skin was much more moisturized. By two weeks I could tell a definite improvement on the health of my skin. I always have red patches and they were drastically decreased. After four weeks, my skin feels absolutely amazing. I usually have the driest skin that just doesn't look very healthy. This system has changed the way my skin looks and feel, which, in turn, has made me feel more confident, too. Even the fine lines I noticed around my mouth have diminished. My skin tone was much more even and my face even felt softer. I posted my embarrassing no-make-up photo with my first post and here is my not-so embarrassing after-photos without makeup. Even from just these 2 photos you can see a huge difference.
You cannot even see redness around my mouth where it usually shows the most! This makes putting on make-up so much easier with even-toned skin. I've even found myself not wearing make-up as much because I don't feel the need to cover up my skin.
Are you looking for an easy anti-aging skincare regimen? I highly recommend Meaningful Beauty and think you will be pleased with the results. Plus, the prices right now start at only $39.95 for the 5-Step 30-Day Supply, which is much cheaper than many others on the market! Have you tried Meaningful Beauty or are you interested in giving it a try? If so, let me know your results!
I wrote this review while participating in a test drive campaign by Mom Central Consulting on behalf of Meaningful Beauty and received a 5-step treatment kit to facilitate my review, a second 5-step treatment kit to giveaway, and a promotional item to thank me for taking the time to participate.
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Children Teaching Mama was recently invited to join the Comforts For Baby Community and I am so excited! To celebrate, we get to give away an awesome Comforts For Baby Diaper Bag Gift Set. So, if you haven't had the opportunity to try out Comforts For Baby products before, here's your chance. Or, if you have and love them like me, here is your chance to win more goodies! For those of you who love a good deal and use coupons, click here to find coupons for Comforts For Baby products at your local store.
There are many other participating bloggers, so once you enter my giveaway, hop on to the next using the linky at the bottom of the post. This giveaway will end at 11:59pm on Friday, March 23rd, so good luck and have fun!
Oh, there is also a Grand Prize Cash Giveaway!! One person will win $80 via Paypal, so don't forget to click HERE to enter that giveaway, too.
In today's world of video games and electronic entertainment, it's so nice and rare to find games with educational value that encourage children to learn and succeed. This is exactly what DimensionU is about. Parents sign up for an account and then children, from Grades 3 and up, can readily play from the computer. The games are fun and similar to other games on the market, but they teach math as you go along. To go from one level to the next, you must answer math questions correctly. So, kids play fun games and learn at the same time.
Need to give your kids more incentive to play DimensionU games? No problem because you can set up an educational allowance account for each child. Basically, the parent signs up for the educational allowance plan and can pledge a certain amount for each week. For example, if Josiah completes a certain amount of levels and questions, he will earn $5 each week in EdCredits! The more he does, the more money can save up to buy fun items. The EdCredits are then exchanged for gift cards, which can be Amazon, GameStop or Best Buy!
It took us quite a while to admit we had a problem and that we needed to do something about it. We were stubborn at first and wanted to pay off all our bills over time, but we eventually realized it was time to get help. The hardest part of the entire ordeal was coming to the point where we admitted we needed help. North Carolina Bankruptcy Attorneys do all the work to help you file for bankruptcy and get back on track.
Once we filed, we seriously felt like a huge weight had been lifted from our shoulders. It was such a feeling of relief and we owed it all to our lawyer's help and advice. It's been about 3 years since we filed for bankruptcy and we are now able to stay on top of our bills and save money each month, which is something we could never do before. We have already started working on our credit and both have great jobs now. Plus, our little family continues to grow and we live in an amazing house! I know firsthand how depressing it can be to owe so much money, but there is no reason to let the bills keep adding up. Call an attorney today to schedule an appointment and get the help you need. It was the best decision for us and completely changed our lives.
Sometimes I got myself into binds and let's just say my car floor mats saved me time and again. Yes, I said floor mats! As a college student I found that the value of a car mat extends beyond keeping the floors clean. There were several times I found myself without money in the bank, but needed some money for a drink or some gas. I'd search at home, raid my piggy bank and look under couch cushions, but the one place that never failed to produced some extra coins was under my car floor mat! There were always a few spare coins.
Even today, 10 years later, I find myself searching under car floor mats when I need some change. It's really amazing the things you can find under car mats. I've even found a necklace that I'd lost! What have you found under your car mats? Have you ever searched for some extra change underneath your mats?
Postpartum blues is the most mild form and experience in up to 85% of women, so this is very common! This usually peaks around the 4th day after pregnancy and lasts no longer than 2 weeks. I am pretty sure this is what I experienced since I was so anxious and a bit down on myself, but it subsided once I was a bit more comfortable and confident.
Last year I was invited to my first blogging conference and had to give a small presentation. I was so nervous and had no idea how to prepare or what to bring with me. I had so many items with me on that trip that I could barely hold everything, which is why it was my goal to not only cut back on things I bring with me when traveling and going to conferences, but finding more compact and travel-friendly products to use.
I was so excited to learn about the Lenovo ThinkVision LT1421 LCD monitor that I just had to share it with you. For those of you who participate in blogging conferences, meetings, give presentations, pitches or impromptu meetings, this is something you should definitely own.
Weighing in at less than 2 pounds and less than an inch thick, this 14-inch mobile monitor is perfect for meetings. Designed to fit the ThinkPad family of laptops, you just connect via USB plug and you are ready to go. This amazing little piece of technology allows for an extra screen of workspace and helps you present your spreadsheets and other information in a simple, yet impressive way. Prop it up on its own photo stand, tilt to the proper angle and even adjust the brightness (16 levels from which to choose) for an presentation display that will not soon be forgotten.
Tested and held to high standards just as the ThinkPad, the Lenovo ThinkVision is not only reliable, but durable for travel. This is an item you will never want to leave home without! I am pretty sure this will be one of my next major purchases and, at only $199, it's quite affordable. Plus, if you purchase online between 3/1-3/31, you can receive 10% off the ThinkVision LCD monitor (part number:1452DS6) by using code: LENOVOMONITOR10. What a great deal!
I ran to get my parents and that's when we found out the hot water heater had busted. Water shot all over the the kitchen and the linoleum! What's more, the linoleum actually melted. I couldn't believe it. My dad called up the plumber immediately and he was at our house in no time. It didn't take him long to assess that we were in need of Water Heater Replacement.
I was amazed at how quickly he got our old water heater out and the new one in place! In no time we were back to having hot water like nothing ever happened. However, the linoleum was another story. My mom had been asking my dad for new flooring in the kitchen for months, but he wouldn't give in. Guess what? After this event, we not only got a new water heater, but my mom got to choose a new kitchen floor to replace the melted mess. Our disaster was easily fixed and was a blessing in disguise!
Mama Chocolate has teamed up with a group of great bloggers to bring you this awesome giveaway! I've always wanted my own KitchenAid Mixer, so I knew we HAD to participate in this giveaway. The KitchenAid Mixer is a workhorse that just about everyone wants in their kitchen!
Use the super easy Rafflecopter form below to enter. Remember to come back every day for the daily tweet entry option to increase your odds of having this beauty delivered to your door!
- This giveaway is open to US and Canada. Canadian residents will be given a $300 amazon.ca gift card in place of the actual mixer.
- Winner chooses style and color, up to $300 value. If the winner prefers a more expensive style/color, they can choose to be given a $300 Amazon gift code to put towards the mixer of their choice.
- Giveaway ends Wednesday, March 28th at 11:59pm EST. Winner will be randomly chosen and notified by email and must reply within 48 hours to claim prize, after which prize is forfeited and a new winner will be drawn.
- This giveaway is entirely sponsored by Mama Chocolate and the participating bloggers.
- KitchenAid and Facebook are in no way associated with this giveaway.