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Body Confidence #MonistatCure

As you get older your body changes. If you’re a woman that’s carried a child you’ve probably noticed that you can never quite get back your pre-pregnancy body. I’m not just talking about weight and dress size, but hormones. Something magical happens with the female body during pregnancy. Hormones kick in and the body grows and changes in new, amazing way. But after all of the changes that are essential for a pregnancy your body feels and acts differently after pregnancy.

Personally, I’ve noticed that my hair and skin have changed since having kids. I find it more difficult to lose weight in certain areas of my body. I also noticed changes in my lady parts. With the fluctuation of hormones and all of the physical changes it can be hard to feel comfortable in your own body, much less sexy. It’s been 3 years since my last baby and I’m just now starting to regain confidence in my body. Confidence comes by being knowledgeable and experienced. After major changes happen in your body it’s totally normal to feel less confident. It takes time to get re-acquainted with your body. Now that I’m older I am less concerned about what others think of me but my body is also less reliable. It’s important for me to be prepared for sudden changes in my body so I keep Monistat products on-hand.

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Did you know that Monistat relieves symptoms four times faster and works on more strains of yeast than the leading prescription? Because of this it’s less likely to develop a drug resistance. Monistat is the #1 doctor recommended OTC brand with a long-term record of success — it has been in use for the treatment of vaginal yeast infections for over 40 years.

Our bodies go through a lot of changes so we should all learn to be familiar with our bodies. The better we know ourselves and our intimate areas, the easier it is to recognize when something is not right, like a yeast infection, and correct it .

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**It is important to remember to always read and keep the cartons for complete warnings and dosing information on MONISTAT® products and to use as directed.

GIVEAWAY
One lucky reader will win a $25 Virtual Visa Gift Card. Use the Rafflecopter form below to enter. Giveaway Ends 11/1/17.

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This post has been sponsored by MONISTAT®. All thoughts and reviews are my own.

Tips for Packing School Lunch

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I pack 2 school lunches every day, in a few weeks I will be packing 3 school lunches. I’m working on streamlining the process to make my life easier but also still provide healthy lunches for my boys. Here are a few things I do to help make my life a little easier.

  1. Buy in Bulk – A lot of ingredients are required when you have to pack 3 lunches 5 times a week. So I frequent big box stores when I’m able or a just buy several boxes of whatever product I’m buying.
  2. Buy Proper Food Storage – I bought several 3 compartment food containers and a lunch box that fits said container plus has a place for a water bottle. We save money buy reusing the food storage containers and giving the boys water bottles for their drinks. Plus, I can store messier food in the containers.
  3. Pack Ahead – I typically pack the boys lunches the day before. I have a toddler at home with me while they are at school and he also requires lunch. So whatever I make him for lunch I just make more and pack the boys lunch while I’m at it. I just store them in the refrigerator so I can just pop them in their lunch boxes in the morning.
  4. Remember your food groups – I know my kids would love a meal full of sugary treats and carbs but I also know that if I pack them fruit or veggies they might actually eat it. My boys are well rounded diners so I try to provide a few different foods in their lunch. For instance, one lunch may be pizza rolls, baby carrots, grapes, veggie straws and a Go Organically Fruit Snack.
  5. Have fun – I know I get sick of eating the same thing every day so I try to make the boys versatile and fun lunches. Some of their favorites are pizza rolls, hot dogs, chicken nuggets, crackers and cheese, and more. They typically only have sandwiches about twice a week. I also like to include a fun sweet treat like Go Organically Fruit Snack.

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Go Organically Fruit Snacks make for perfect treats in the boys’ school lunch.  These tasty, on-the-GO USDA-certified organic fruit snacks are made with real fruit, available in three great flavors – Fruit Medley, Mixed Berry, and Tropical!

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Sweepstakes
Go Organically® Fruit Snacks has partnered with select organic brands to assemble the perfect On-The-GO Road Trip pack for your summer vacation. Your readers can enter to win one of our tasty, organic prize packs by filling out the form.

  • 1 lucky winner will win a $500 Gas Gift Card, 1 Diono Car Seat, and a basket filled with organic goodness for your family’s summer road trip.
  • 10 lucky winners will win a basket filled with tasty treats for your family’s summer road trip.
  • 25 winners will receive a box of Go Organically® Fruit Snacks.

Contest Ends 8/31/17

Giveaway
One lucky reader will win 1 of each flavor of Go Organically Fruit Snacks. Use the Rafflecopter form below to enter. Ends 9/10/17

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I received the featured product in exchange for my honest opinion. My opinions are not influenced by the company.

Fighting Spring Allergies with Scotties {Giveaway}

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I love spring and we spend almost everyday outside when the weather is agreeable or not. However, my allergies are going nuts. Thankfully this spring hasn’t been covered in a huge yellow cloud of pollen, yet… I still keep my Scotties tissues on hand since I never know when a sneeze attack will occur.

The other day the boys and I visited the J.C. Raulston Arboretum in Raleigh for a little field trip. It is such a gorgeous place filled with amazing plants that are native to North Carolina as well as some unique plants from around the world. I love all of the plants but I do not love all of the pollen.

The itchy watery eyes and sneezing are the worst. Scotties has the comfort, strength and softness I need to keep exploring the outdoors with my family. They have 3-ply and 3-ply with aloe for layers of comfort.

GIVEAWAY
One lucky reader will win a $25 Amazon Gift Card and a care pack of Scotties Tissues. Use the Rafflecopter form below to enter. Giveaway Ends 4/30/17.

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Giveaway ends on April 30, 2017. The winner to be chosen at random. Winner will be notified by email and has 48 hours to respond or a new winner will be chosen. See giveaway rules for more information.

The information, products, gift card, and giveaway have been provided to me by Scotties Tissues.  All thoughts and opinions are my own.

Entenmann’s Little Bites & Smurfs {Giveaway}

I grew up watching The Smurfs, it was one of my favorite cartoons, so I’m pretty excited about the new Smurfs movie, “Smurfs: The Lost Village.” I also grew up eating Entenmann’s® snacks so I’m super excited that Entenmann’s® is offering a special promotion for the new Smurfs movie.

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With the purchase of two 5 count, one 10 count, or one 20 count specially marked Entenmann’s® Little Bites® Smurf Blueberry Muffins packages, receive $5.00 off a movie ticket to see the “Smurfs: The Lost Village.” Available nationwide for a limited time until 4/30/17

Entenmann’s® Little Bites® Smurf Blueberry Muffins are the perfect Smurf-approved baked snacks. These moist, delicious muffins are made with real blueberries, contain no high fructose corn syrup, no trans-fat and are certified Kosher. At less than 200 calories per pouch, Entenmann’s® Little Bites® are the perfect family snack to enjoy at home or on-the-go.

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My boys aren’t familiar with Smurfs yet so I’m excited to take them to see “Smurfs: The Lost Village”. However, they are familiar with Entenmann’s and they love Little Bites.

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GIVEAWAY

One lucky reader will win a $25 Fandango gift card and (3) coupons for $5.00 off the purchase of any Entenmann’s® Little Bites®. Use the Rafflecopter form below to enter. Ends 4/18/17.

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Giveaway ends on April 18, 2017. The winner to be chosen at random. Winner will be notified by email and has 48 hours to respond or a new winner will be chosen. See giveaway rules for more information.

The coupons for product redemption, information, and gift card have been provided by Entenmann’s® Little Bites® so that I could try the product and share my thoughts and information about Entenmann’s® Little Bites®. The opinions expressed in this post are my own and do not reflect the opinions of Entenmann’s® Little Bites®.

Preparing for Spring {Giveaway}

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

It snowed on Sunday but last week it was in the mid 70’s and the flowers had started to bloom. The snow washed away the pollen that was collecting on my back deck. North Carolina weather is crazy so you always have to be prepared .

I started to pull out the boys shorts and tee shirts last week but I kept the snow pants within reach. We bought new outdoor toys and summer shoes last week but alas this week we are bundled up in our winter wear by the fire.

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I try to be a prepared mom by being prepared for whatever hits, be it a heat wave or cold front. It seems like we are just getting over our winter colds and then our allergies start to flare up. I keep Children’s Dimetapp® Cold & Allergy in my medicine cabinet when spring arrives just in case. In a great tasting grape flavor, Children’s Dimetapp® Cold & Allergy has congestion-fighting power to relieve stuffy and runny noses, while providing relief for itchy and watery eyes, for children ages 6 and up.

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*It is important to remember to always read and keep the cartons for complete warnings and dosing information on Pfizer Pediatric products and to use as directed.

I’m ready for all of the lovely spring weather but I’m ready for the sneezing and runny noses that accompany the pollen explosion that happens each spring in my yard. But we’re prepared this year… so bring on spring.

GIVEAWAY
One lucky reader will win and Children’s Dimetapp® Cold & Allergy. Use the Rafflecopter form below to enter. Giveaway Ends 3/26/2017.

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Giveaway ends on March 26, 2017. The winner to be chosen at random. Winner will be notified by email and has 48 hours to respond or a new winner will be chosen. See giveaway rules for more information.

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

Meal Planning & Chalk Markers {Giveaway}

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Every week I write out a meal plan for our family of 6. Joe bought me this cute chalkboard menu from Target a while back but the chalk that came with it kind of sucks. But I didn’t even realize there was another other until I heard about Chalkola. Chalkola Chalk Markers are make writing our my weekly meal plan so much easier. There are 2 different size markers for writing on chalkboards, whiteboards, glass, or plastic.

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The smaller makers are great for teachers, moms, artists. I have started using them on my white board for our homeschool work. I love that they come in a variety of fun, vibrant colors (including metallic) and are easy to wash away.

The kids use the Jumbo markers for creating art pieces. (Note: These marker work best on non-porous surfaces. The reason being that Porus surfaces have small holes which can absorb the liquid chalk ink and sometimes it gets difficult to completely erase them.)

I can’t wait to share what fun creations we make with our colorful selection of Chalk Pens from Chalkola.

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Discount Code: Save 15% off all Chalkola Products – Use Code: 15OFFSTR

Giveaway
One lucky reader will win a set of Chalkola Markers. Use the Rafflecopter form below to enter. Giveaway Ends 3/24/17.
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Giveaway ends on March 24, 2017. The winner to be chosen at random. Winner will be notified by email and has 48 hours to respond or a new winner will be chosen. See giveaway rules for more information.

This post has been sponsored by Chalkola. All thoughts and reviews are my own.

Preparing for Wild Weather and Runny Noses #SickJustGotReal

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As I’m writing this I have the windows opened and we just returned from an afternoon at the park as it is currently 78 degrees outside. Yet, only a few days ago it was only 9 degrees outside and the ground was covered with ice and snow. This is the weather we get in North Carolina. This is also how my kids end up with colds so frequently during the “winter”.

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Thankfully my medicine cabinet is stocked and ready with all of the children’s cold medicines we might need during this crazy North Carolina winter.

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

Kids get sick so learn how to be prepared by visiting Sick Just Got Real to learn more about solutions to tackle sick days like a champ.

CONTEST

America's Greatest School Nurse Contest

No matter how prepared we are kids get sick sometimes when we aren’t around which is why Pfizer is hosting America’s Greatest School Nurse Contest.

Does your school nurse go above and beyond in educating and comforting their students? You can nominate your school nurse to win a prize valued at $500 and will be entered to win the grand prize: the title of America’s Greatest School nurse and a trip for a getaway from school sickness.

For more information and to read the full contest rules and submit a nomination, visit AmericasGreatestSchoolNurse.com. Nominations will be accepted from January 9 to February 23.

GIVEAWAY
One lucky reader will win a $25 Visa gift card and additional Pfizer Pediatric products [(1) Children’s Advil® Suspension, Grape, (1) Children’s Robitussin ® Extended-Release 12 Hour Cough Relief, (1) Children’s Dimetapp® Multi-Symptom Cold Relief Dye-Free]. Use Rafflecopter form below to enter. Giveaway Ends 1/31/17.

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Giveaway ends on January 31, 2017. The winner to be chosen at random. Winner will be notified by email and has 48 hours to respond or a new winner will be chosen. See giveaway rules for more information.

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

Magic Sketch Review + Giveaway

My boys are always drawing or writing. They use a LOT of paper with all of their little doodles. I love to encourage their creativity but sometimes we need a different way to express our creativity, like the Magic Sketch.

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The Magic Sketch is a flexible, LCD screen that is transparent, allowing kids to trace with the provided stencils or from their own images!  Magic Sketch is from the makers of the hit product Boogie Board who are also the leaders in crystal display technology.

Kids can create all kinds of amazing art with the Magic Sketch and, unlike most tablets, the Magic Sketch is super kid proof!  They can drop it, toss it, even step on it — it won’t break!  It’s completely water resistant, so if they have a spill, just wipe it off and keep going!  With the advanced internal electronics, you can clear the screen with just the push of a button! The best part?  With the Free App you can save, edit, and share your child’s work!

My boys love playing with the Magic Sketch. They especially like tracing pictures and using the stamps. Now they can be little artists without any of the mess!

Each Magic Sketch retails for $29.95 and includes:

  • Magic Sketch
  • Protector Guard
  • 1 Roller
  • 3 Stamps
  • 20 Learning Stencils
  • 20 Games Stencils
  • 20 Art Stencils

GIVEAWAY
One lucky ready will win a Magic Sketch. Use the Rafflecopter form below to enter. Giveaway Ends 10/15/16.
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Giveaway ends on October 15, 2016. The winner to be chosen at random. Winner will be notified by email and has 48 hours to respond or a new winner will be chosen. See giveaway rules for more information.

The information, products, gift card, and giveaway have been provided to me by Magic Sketch. All thoughts and opinions are my own.