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How I freshen up after a workout

I try to work out 3 times a week. Sometimes I go to the gym, sometimes I head outside. Exercise helps me maintain the energy and strength I need to keep up with my 4 busy boys. However, I don’t always have time to take a shower immediately after my workout. (Busy boys and all) So I have a little refresh routine I do after I exercise until I can take a shower, just to keep myself moderately clean.

I typically wipe away my sweat… I mean glow, then I wash my face and down below with Summer’s Eve Cleansing Cloths. I really dig these Summer’s Eve Cleansing Cloths, they are individually wrapped so I can just pop one in my gym bag or purse. It’s a simple and easy way to feel fresh when you time doesn’t permit a shower.

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Summer’s Eve products are formulated for us ladies. They helps maintain a healthy pH and are clinically and gynecologist tested for safety. The gentle formulas won’t irritate sensitive skin and they are alcohol-free and hypoallergenic.

This summer has been ridiculously hot so I rely on Summer’s Eve to help keep me fresh and clean. Check out some of their other great products!

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Summer’s Eve Products

Summer’s Eve® Cleansing Cloths

  • Perfect to toss in your purse or packet – wherever you’re on the go
  • Available in scents Island Splash®, Sheer Floral®, Simply Sensitive, 16 and 32-count packs
  • Perfectly complements Summer’s Eve® Cleansing Wash, Summer’s Eve Night-time Wash and Cleansing Cloths, and Summer’s Eve® Freshening Spray

Summer’s Eve® Cleansing Wash

  • Available in scents Simply Sensitive, Delicate Blossom®, Morning Paradise®, and Island Splash®, 9 oz. and 15 oz.
  • Perfectly complements Summer’s Eve® Cleansing Cloths, Summer’s Eve Night-time Wash and Cleansing Cloths, and Summer’s Eve® Freshening Spray

Summer’s Eve® Night-time Cleansing Cloths

  • Helps keep you fresher for longer
  • Perfect for a touch-up or before getting into bed
  • Soft pack is great for stashing in your nightstand
  • Perfectly complements Summer’s Eve Lavender Night-time Cleansing Wash and Summer’s Eve® Night-time Cleansing Bar

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One lucky reader will win a Summer’s Eve product bundle, containing one (1) pack of Summer’s Eve® Cleansing Cloths in Sheer Floral (16 count, individually packaged), one (1) Summer’s Eve® Cleansing Wash in Aloe (15 oz.), one (1) Summer’s Eve® Cleansing Wash in Sensitive Wash (9 oz.) and one (1) pack of Summer’s Eve® Night-time Cleansing Cloths (32-count soft pack).

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A Peek at the New LeapStart from LeapFrog

We received the new LeapStart from Leapfrog a few weeks ago. The boys have loved playing with the new interactive learning system.

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The LeapStart helps building key skills and challenge kids to get ready for their next step in learning.  The system works with a library of replayable activity books with variety of content for preschool through 1st grade. Kids ages 2-7 will enjoying playing with the LeapStart while simultaneously developing life skills.

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My boys immediately figured out how to use the stylus to navigate the pages of the books. Each book is packed with over 30 activities from games, jokes, songs and more. I really love that there are book designed for different ages and abilities. All of my boys can have their own books that challenge them but are still easy enough for them to use on their own. I love watching them get excited about learning their ABCs, logic, fractions and more. LeapFrog always makes learning fun and encourages a love of learning in children.

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The LeapStart interactive learning system is portable and easy for little hands to carry around with a built in handle, attached stylus and separate activity books. It requires two AA batteries, not included.

The LeapStart will so be available in stores to purchase for $39.99. Additional books are sold separately for $12.99 Screen Shot 2016-07-19 at 1.14.35 PM GIVEAWAY
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Simple Limeade Popsicles

Over the long holiday weekend we stopped for lunch at Zoe’s Kitchen. While we were there I grabbed a gallon of their homemade limeade to take home.

My kids love Zoe’s Kitchen limeade. I thought I would make a super easy treat with the kids for our Fourth of July cookout. We made limeade popsicles. It’s so easy!

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Ingredients

  • Zoe’s Kitchen Limeade

Directions

  • Pour Zoe’s Kitchen Limeade into popsicle molds.
  • Place molds in freezer for about 6 hours
  • To remove from molds run under hot water for 10 seconds and gently pull apart.

With temperatures here in North Carolina easily reaching into the mid 90’s (not to mention the humidity and heat index) it’s nice to cool down with a frozen treat.

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The boys absolutely love their limeade popsicles. They’re so easy to make I foresee us making them many times over the course of the summer.

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The featured product was provided to me free of charge for review purposes. The opinions expressed in this post are my own and not influenced by the company.

The BGF – Movie Review

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I can’t tell you how excited I was for the new Disney film of Roald Dahl’s famous, “The BFG”. I love anything written by Roald Dahl and just a few months ago Jude and I read “The BFG” together. I was very interested to see how Disney and Steven Spielberg would portray this beautiful and heartwarming story.

I contemplated taking Jude to the preview but I know how sensitive he is to things that are the slightest bit scary. So even though he’s 8 years old I decided it was best to watch it first. I remember him telling me it was scary when we read the book so I can only imagine how much more intense it would be for him to see it on the big screen. I don’t know if all children will react this way but the premise of the story is based around giants stealing children from their beds while they sleep, and then eating them. So that part of the story could be quite scary for some children.

However, like most of Roald Dahl’s stories they typically start off rather dark but always have fun and happy endings. (I can’t say the same for his adult fiction but that is something to discuss in another post.)

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About The BFG
“The BFG” tells the imaginative story of a young girl and the Giant who introduces her to the wonders and perils of Giant Country. The BFG, while a giant himself, is a Big Friendly Giant and nothing like the other inhabitants of Giant Country. Standing 24-feet tall with enormous ears and a keen sense of smell, he is endearingly dim-witted and keeps to himself for the most part. Giants like Bloodbottler and Fleshlumpeate on the other hand, are twice as big and at least twice as scary and have been known to eat humans, while the BFG prefers Snozzcumber and Frobscottle. Upon her arrival in Giant Country, Sophie, a precocious 10-year-old girl from London, is initially frightened of the mysterious giant who has brought her to his cave, but soon comes to realize that the BFG is actually quite gentle and charming, and, having never met a giant before, has many questions. The BFG brings Sophie to Dream Country where he collects dreams and sends them to children, teaching her all about the magic and mystery of dreams. Having both been on their own in the world up until now, their affection for one another quickly grows, but Sophie’s presence in Giant Country has attracted the unwanted attention of the other giants, who have become increasingly more bothersome. Sophie and the BFG soon depart for London to see the Queen and warn her of the precarious giant situation, but they must first convince the Queen and her maid, Mary , that giants do indeed exist. Together, they come up with a plan to get rid of the giants once and for all.

Final Thoughts
I absolutely love the performance of Ruby Barnhill as Sophie. She is absolutely delightful and you automatically fall in love with this sweet little girl. The same can be said for The BFG, the special effects on the giants is wonderful especially the vulnerability and warmth captured in the eyes of The BFG. My favorite scene is their trip to dream country, it’s absolutely beautiful and there are several lovely lines that just resonate with you long after the movie is over.

I will probably wait a little while until I take my kids to see The BFG but I will be very excited when we all get to watch it together.

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The BFG is rated G
Release Date: July 1, 2016

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Super Abel and a Super Swim Diaper

We are at the pool a lot between swim team and recreational use I think we are at the pool almost every day during the summer. Abel is a water baby for sure. He loves to splash in the baby pool with his brothers.

When you’re at the pool as much as we are a reusable swim diaper is a must. We love the new Bumkins reusable swim diapers. They are durable and waterproof, they keep any diaper contents tightly contained to prevent spills. Plus, they have a ton of really cute prints available like this super adorable Superman diaper.

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Bumkins swim diapers are outfitted with three adjustable snaps on each side for easy changes. They are also machine washable.

Most pool require swim diapers for children who aren’t potty trained and the Bumkins swim diaper meets those requirements while looking adorable.

I was provided a featured product free of charge but all opinions are 100% mine.

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A Wet n Wild Saturday at Emerald Pointe #WetnWildEP

On Saturday we took the boys to Wet-n-Wild Emerald Pointe in Greensboro, NC. I grew up going to Emerald Pointe but hadn’t been in almost 20 years. It was the same as I remember just a little updated. When we walked into the park they were playing music that was popular during Joe and my childhood. It was a fun flashback to our childhood, except this time we had kids.

We had a private cabana that overlooked the wave pool and the kids loved watching all the people cheer when the bell would ring before a big wave.

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The boys spent a good bit of time reading over the park map to find the best rides and areas of the park to visit. Because all of our boys are still rather small we stuck primarily to the kid-friendly areas like Happy Harbor and the Kiddie Wave Pool.

Simon loved the Happy Harbor Slides, probably because they had orange slides and orange is his favorite color. Noah loved the geyser/volcano in the Kiddie Wave Pool. That boys is obsessed with all things volcanoes. Jude liked the Soak Zone because of the water squirting guns. Joe and I did take Jude on a few of the more exciting rides like Scooter Run and Serpentine Slide. And of course we had to take a trip down the Lazee River, my personal favorite. I think we all enjoyed the Leisure Lagoon. There was something for everyone and we all had a great time.

We paused for lunch in our cabana and took full advantage of the services provided by the cabana like a private locker, shaded table and wait service for food and beverages.

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By the time we left all the boys were exhausted but so happy with our trip. They were asking when we could come back again. Three of our 4 boys passed out before we even hit the interstate, that’s a sign they had a great time.

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Babiator Sunglasses

Everyday at the Pool: Babiators + A GIVEAWAY!

This summer we’ll be spending our days at the pool. Like all day, everyday. It’s hot and the neighborhood pool is our favorite summer spot to cool down. Sun safety is super important since we spend so much time outdoors so durable and safe sunglasses are a must. But style is also important, these boys have good taste so we love our new Babiators.

 

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Weather we’re at the pool, playing in the sand at the beach or just hanging out in our backyard we will have our Babiators. Children have sensitive eyes and need real protection to keep their eyes safe from UV damage.

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Sesame Street Live Review – Raleigh, NC

This morning I took the boys to Sesame Street Live at the PNC Arena in Raleigh. We had a great time dancing along with our favorite Sesame Street characters like Elmo, Grover, Cookie Monster and Big Bird.

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The Let’s Dance show gave kids and their parents the opportunity to dance throughout the show encouraging everyone that they could dance and to just be themselves.

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Our favorite part of the show was the robot dance. Noah exclaimed, “MAMA, there are REAL robots!”

The show lasted about 1.5 hours with a 15 minute intermission which was just about perfect for all the small children in attendance.

There are 2 more Sesame Street Live shows in Raleigh this weekend and then they move on to another location.

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Disclosure: I received free media passes to list and review this show . The opinions expressed in this post are my own and not influenced by the company.