Listerine 21 Day Challenge – I Made It

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“I received LISTERINE® Brand products and a Walgreens gift card from Johnson & Johnson Healthcare Products Division of McNEIL-PPC, Inc. and The Motherhood as part of my participation in the 21-Day Challenge. All thoughts and opinions expressed in this post are my own.”

As I told you when I started this journey I am not a fan of the dentist, in fact it would be very accurate to say I am terrified of the dentist. Part of my motivation for taking this challenge was to form better, lasting oral health habits so that my teeth stay healthy and I don’t need major work done at the dentists.

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Generally I am good about rinsing once a day but twice a day hardly ever happens. Typically I am a night time flosser and rinser and I feel like all I need in the morning is a good brushing, nothing more. One of the things I really forced myself to do during the LISTERINE® 21-Day Challenge was to rinse twice a day. I do feel like my mouth was fresher both day and night by adding the twice daily rinsing with mouth wash, definitely a habit I will continue. The Listerine Cool Mint is the mouth wash I was using and while it did burn sometimes it felt like it was “working” ( obviously I am not a dentist but that it my opinion).

A new product that I tried out and liked was the LISTERINE® ULTRACLEAN™ ACCESS® Flosser, my back molars are where I have all my problems and it is incredibly hard to floss back there. This made flossing my back teeth so much easier and I felt confident they were clean. Overall I am happy with my results and plan on continuing along the path of healthy oral healthcare habits. I have been working out regularly since January and for Lent I gave up junk food, all these baby steps are adding up to overall great health and now my mouth and teeth can be healthy too.

The week of March 1st visit your local Walgreens store to purchase LISTERINE® Antiseptic for only $4.49, a great price to help keep you going with your new rinsing habit!

Thank You For Sharing All the Firsts… #giveaway

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As a mom I have gotten to experience so many amazing firsts with each of my 5 girls and every time is special and magical and part of this amazing journey called motherhood. While I would love to tout my supermom powers and take credit for doing it all perfectly I know with out one particular person this journey would be so much harder and more complicated and that is my husband.

 

Emilia 3 months picture

 

My husband is a pretty incredible man and an even better dad, without him I really do not know how we would have made it this far all in one piece. He is such a major support system taking over when I am tired, exhausted or just overwhelmed. I still remember after having my first baby I literally did not get out of bed for 2 weeks. My husband brought me all my meals up stairs even made late night runs for strawberry sorbet (my favorite). He did nightly kangaroo care with our sweet girl and embraced babywearing even though it terrified him.

 

bowling with Mia

 

He was a born natural at this parenting thing and now 5 girls later he doesn’t bat an eye at taking all 5 to an indoor waterpark by himself. Oh yes you read that right BY HIMSELF while I was off attending conference sessions. His support is endless and boundless and I am not sure it is possible to thank him for all he does. With every birth he takes 2 weeks off to be home and be my support as well as to give himself bonding time with the newest member of our family. He is just that fantastic.

Pampers asked me if I would want to celebrate someone in my life who has been a great support during all of babies firsts and I knew immediately who that person would be, my husband. My husband loves music and Starbucks coffee yet he never spends any money on himself, he puts all of his time and money right back into our family. Treating me and the girls, he does that a lot, but treating himself never. My husband loves listening to records and recently his vintage receiver that was his fathers stopped working and I knew repairing that would be a priceless gift to him, I found a local shop that can repair it and as we speak it is in the shop, he is so excited. And because I know I love a little treat now and again I bought him a Starbucks gift card so that he has no excuses to not treat himself now and again.

 

dad reading to his girls

 

I am so grateful to Pampers for forcing me to slow down and really think about those that are my greatest supporters and champions in this motherhood journey. Thank you Pampers for helping me say thank you in a grand way to my champion supporter, my husband!

 

 

 

Want to create a short video to commemorate your child’s first? Then go here and you can create a 15 second video to share on Facebook and Twitter.

WIN IT: I have a fun Pampers prize pack to help you document all of your babies first enter in the form below to win a scrapbook, digital camera and Shutterfly gift card!

 

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Spruce Up Your Home with Photos.com #Giveaway

The following is a sponsored post, all opinions are my own.

Winter is suddenly feeling really long and spring feels very, very far away!

I know it is this streak of freezing cold temperatures that have kept everyone locked indoors but after staring at the interior of my house for a little too long I want to completely redecorate. I am sure I am not the only one, suddenly I am very aware of that one blank space on the wall and I want to fill it now but I have no idea what I need or want.

 

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Recently I discovered Photos.com a virtual candyland of photos that you can have printed and framed in a wide variety of ways.

Want a modern print? They have that.

How about a famous person, place or thing? Got that too.

Black and white or color, big or small, close up or far away they have any and every kind of photo you could ever want hanging in your home (except pictures of your kids)

 

Beatles guitars and posters

 

My husband is a huge Beatles fan and after noticing the plethora of Beatles images available on Photos.com that I had never before seen I knew he needed one for his at home office. As you can see he has a bit of a guitar/ Beatles theme going on so this was perfect. He decided on the Beatles in America #3276410. Once you choose your photo then you pick your material and then your framing options, he chose the paper with a black frame and it turned out great.

 

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Photos.com allows you to decorate your home with stunning photography and images you love all at a reasonable price. One of the cool things that sets Photos.com apart from other online art companies is the super zoom, click on the image and you will get a close up on the high res image letting you really inspect the image you are ordering before you click to buy.

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School Is Cancelled AGAIN Netflix to the Rescue

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Before you freak out and start yelling no don’t park your kid in front of the screen for 8 hours!!!!! That is not what I was talking about, I mean for me! Some days I need to park myself in front of the tv and just shut down.

You know when they are finally all asleep after a long and hectic day of trying to be a work at home mom and meet deadlines while also paying attention to and entertaining 5 kids. Yes I need to park myself on the couch, put my feet up and just relax. After a long and trying day like a day off school due to cold (because they can’t even go outside and enjoy the snow) I need to just relax and check out with a good movie.

Jane Austen take me away!

Emma anyone?

How about Sense & Sensibility?

 

Audrey SAVE ME…..

Sabrina?

Maybe Charade?

 

 

For me Netflix provides the escape I need commercial free and bonus my kids can’t scratch the disc!!!

 

How do you unwind after a stressful day?

 

What is your go to movie when you need to just check out?

 

I am a member of the Netflix StreamTeam all opinions are my own.

How to Know If Your Baby Has a Fever and Other Tips

Do you have puker? Or how about a gagger?

If you are confused by what I mean then you don’t, consider yourself lucky. If you immediately nodded your head then I am so sorry and I can totally relate. My daughter Gena was a terrible gager and puker for the first 3 years of her life. Anything thick or creamy, forget it she puked. Anything rich… yep puked. And medicine? FORGET ABOUT IT! When she had ear infections as a baby and toddler we had to do shots since she wouldn’t take the medicine, she just puked it all back up.

When a young child gets a fever it can be terrifying as a mom. You feel so helpless watching your little one and then there is the question of what is actually a fever temperature? Well according to Tracy Kramer, MSN CRNP a fever is when you get a rectal temp of 100.4 or above. When I watched the video on this that Feverall has on YouTube I was glad to hear the wisdom my doctor gave me years ago reaffirmed, we use that temperature to gauge is there is truly a fever.

So yes I said rectal temperature and believe me when I say that I totally get your hesitation. I was terrified the first time I tried to take a rectal temperature on my baby, but rectal temperature is the most accurate way to get a temperature reading on a baby. When taking a rectal temperature be sure to insert the thermometer 1 inch, no more, and you will get an accurate read.

Another good thing to remember when dealing with fever is that how your child looks is as important as the child’s temperature, trust your mommy instincts.

So your baby feels hot, you took a rectal thermometer and it read above 100.4 so now what? Well call your doctor if there is serious concern and then treat your fever. Now as I mentioned my daughter does not tolerate medicine and since I can’t take her to the doctor for a shot every time she needs Acetaminophen I needed an alternative. That is when I discovered FeverAll® Acetaminophen Suppositories. FeverAll® Acetaminophen Suppositories come in an infant strength perfect for babies starting at just 6 months. Did you know that FeverAll® Infants’ Strength Suppositories (80 mg of acetaminophen) is the only acetaminophen product available with dosage instructions for children as young as six months of age? These suppositories were a game changer, now I could effectively treat a fever at home without worrying about how much medicine she got before she threw up.

Thankfully my daughter (now 3) has outgrown the gagging issue but without FeverAll I honestly do not know how I would have treated fevers at home. Hopefully this new information on a suppository option can alleviate some of the stress of treating a fever at home in babies.

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Making One On One Time For Your Kids: Winter Date Ideas

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One on one time is so important for kids, they need to feel like they have your undivided attention and it needs to be more than just sitting at the kitchen table together. With a larger family like mine it becomes even more important to carve out one on one time with our kids. During the winter it can get more challenging to find things to do for our dates with the kids. Here are a few of the things we have been doing:

 

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WINTER DATE IDEAS FOR WITH KIDS

  • Museum – we have a great science museum that we take the kids to.
  • Lunch – my girls love to go to lunch with mommy, not so much with daddy though.
  • Ice Skating – this is a new love as my girls are getting older and has led to some great memories

 

No matter what you do the key to a great date with your child is not only having fun but providing plenty of time for conversation. Take advantage of the car ride to let your child really open up to you, these dates are when I learn the most about what is going on in my child’s life.

Recently my husband took my daughter on an ice skating date, they had so much fun and it was great for both of them to get away and connect with each other. Not only did they connect but she conquered a fear and actually skated some without the skating buddy thing to assist her, she came home beaming with pride and joy. Everyone loves to have a special moment that is all about them.

 

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I knew being in the cold would wreak havoc on my daughters tender skin so I applied some Vaseline Intensive Care™ Advanced Repair lotion to her hands before she left and hoped it would keep them from being rough and painful. After spending the evening skating my daughters skin did not sting and burn but was doing great, one more application of lotion before bed and she was perfect. It is so cold here in Ohio right now my kids are even off school today due to extreme temps (think -22), but never fear the stinging and dry cracked skin can be  gone quick as can be after applying some Vaseline Intensive Care™ Advanced Repair or you can use it as a preventative and avoid painful winter skin all together. Vaseline® Intensive Care™ Advanced Repair Fragrance Free is clinically proven to heal dry skin in 5 days.

  I participated in this sponsored campaign on behalf of Vaseline® and One2One Network. All opinions stated are my own.

Laundry Hacks for Large Families (and everyone else)

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Laundry….it’s every moms nightmare, for some reason kids just keep wearing and dirtying clothes every single day and there is no end in site. It really is a never ending, vicious cycle this laundry thing, but since it isn’t going away any time soon I have compiled some laundry hacks that are working for my family and I hope will work for yours too. Even though I sought out these laundry hacks because I have a large family, which means extra laundry, they work great for any family that needs to tackle the laundry mountain.

 

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Individual Laundry Baskets – I went out and bought individual laundry baskets for each kid, then we personalized each one with duct tape. When I sort the laundry each kid gets their own basket which they are then responsible for. This has been a huge game changer for us. I used to sort by room since my kids are all in shared bedrooms, but that meant 3 kids putting away one overflowing basket which always led to arguing and a miserable fight to get clothes put away. Now each child has one basket they are completely responsible for and it is working beautifully!

 

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Central Uniform Location – My kids wear uniforms every day  and they are in similar sizes which means sometimes they swap jumpers or polos depending on what is clean. My kids also share a room and get up at different times which makes getting clothes out of the closet to dress hard. So we created a central uniform location where all the clothes are hanging in size order for me to grab for each f them each morning. For us this location is a bar above the washer and dryer but it can be a hall closet or wherever works for you.

 

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Community Sock Drawer – Socks are my nemesis. No matter how many I match the kids can never find a pair of socks. One thing that has made socks much less awful is having a community sock drawer in an easily accessible location. That’s right I have a mini dresser in the hallway that has all 5 girls socks in one place so they can each go and find a pair easily. It is a beautiful thing, I also keep kids hats in one of the drawers.

 

These 3 changes in our laundry routine have really saved my sanity, the only thing better would be if someone else took care of all the laundry for me!

Johnson’s Baby More Hands More Hearts Initiative

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When a company tells me they want to support new moms and tiny babies I jump right in with how can I help too?

Motherhood is near and dear to my heart, I mean I do have 5 kids, and as a mother myself and I know and appreciate the support needed especially when starting out on this journey for the first time.

There are far too many women having babies in less than ideal situations and they need our support. Johnson’s Baby sent me all the materials to assemble 20 kits to distribute locally to mothers in need right here in Columbus. As someone who is passionate about moms and babies I was able to give some to a local group who helps moms in distress but I was also able to give some to individuals who have a pulse on the community and knew a few women due any day who desperately needed these things. For my own selfish reasons I love knowing that there is a specific person in mind for each basket, it brings me joy to know that they are going where they are truly needed.

 

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Johnson’s Baby partnered with Jennifer Hudson to help kick off this initiative and I had the pleasure of meeting her and being in a small audience as she was interviewed. I love her heart for giving back and her passion for children, it truly is inspiring the way she involves her son in charitable giving.

 

I invited over some girlfriends, made some delicious appetizers that I found on Pinterest like Crab Rangoon Dip and Wonton Chips and a super yummy Cranberry Orange Sangria. We laughed, we chatted and we packed kits. Everyone agreed this needs to happen more often, women getting together to make a difference and support each other is an important thing.

 

Thank you to Johnson’s Baby for making this happen and for truly caring about

mothers and babies everywhere!

 

5 Perfect Valentine’s Day Gifts for Bloggers

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Valentine’s Day is right around the corner and if you need a gift for the blogger in your life then here are 5 gifts that are perfect for bloggers for Valentine’s day or anytime.

Camera Coats – This super cute padded coat for your camera means you can add your camera to any bag and leave the camera bag at home.

Blogger Life Tee – Just like the tee says this is the life of a blogger create, photograph, blog and repeat. These tees are a women’s fitted cut, super soft and nice and long. Available on Etsy.

Twitter Handle Keychain – This cute handstamped keychain can share your Twitter handle with teh world.

Kaboo Tech Purse – This gorgeous purse not only looks stylish and holds a lot but it has a tech pouchinside that can protect your tablet or smartphone for a drop up to 4 stories!

Kate Spade Business Card Holder – The perfect stylish case to keep your business cards organized and handy, it even comes monogrammed.

 

I own 4 of the 5 items above and I think it’s time I get a new keychain to complete my collection of well loved gifts for bloggers.

What do you think? Would the blogger in your life love these?

 

I’m Skinny Not Healthy, But I’m Getting There

The following is a sponsored post written by me.
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When I mention to people that I want to start working out or that I am so out of shape they always refer to my weight and say You don’t need to loose weight.

I know that and the funny thing is I didn’t say I did, I said I was out of shape and I am.

I mentioned I was not healthy and I am not. I am not in shape, I do not have enough energy and I could improve on my diet. So I am doing something about it. I have started going to the gym. I am being more conscious of what I eat and I am making my health a priority because I do not have perfect health. I have Graves Disease and that is not going away. I have treated it and I am managing it but I need to be proactive about it.

As a mom I put my health last, I mean way, way, way down the line. If my child has a sniffle then we are at the doctors yet I can hardly make time for a well check up yearly for myself. Today the face of health insurance is changing and one of the things I appreciate is the push for a healthy lifestyle. Many health insurance companies reward healthy choices like well check ups, flu shots and other healthy lifestyle choices. If you can’t find the motivation to do it for yourself then do it to save money on your health insurance. UnitedHealthCare has put together a series of videos helping explain all aspects of health insurance so you can be a smart consumer like this one on ways to Save on Health Insurance.

 

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I need a push sometimes and thank goodness for my friends. We have been meeting 4-5 mornings a week at 5 am at a local gym to work out. We grab elliptical machines side by side and pass the time catching up. As a busy mom I love that I am meeting two needs at once I am taking care of my health and my sanity! Even though I am getting up an hour earlier each day I have more energy, more patience and am generally happier. My caffeine intake has gone down and I am less likely to grab junk food as it kills that healthy buzz I have going after a great workout.

Health insurance is not cheap so do your research, figure out what providers work best for you and what doctors and facilities give you the best care and cost combination. Educating yourself can feel overwhelming and I admit I let my husband handle all that but you can learn your facts by checking out these 5 Myths about Health Care as well as these Tips for Shopping for Healthcare.

Quick & Easy Essential Oil Lotion

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Essential Oils are quickly becoming a staple in my house, they have so many great uses and they smell amazing. Recently I realized that I could combine my favorite lotion with my favorite oils to not only soothe my irritated skin but also get the added benefits of essential oils. Nivea is amazing for dry skin and you only need the tiniest amount and it goes a long way, much like essential oils.

I picked up this tiny tin of Nivea Creme for just $1 and was able to make 3 different essential oil lotions out of it because you don’t need a lot and it goes really far.

 

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Quick & Easy Essential Oil Lotion

 

Take 1 drop of your favorite essential oil and ad it to a teaspoon size amount of Nivea Creme, really work it together in your hands and then apply.

For a calming lotion I added 1 drop of lavender.

For energy, to soothe my headaches or when my little one has a fever 1 drop of peppermint oil is great.

For muscle relief after an intense workout I add 1 drop of PanAway essential oil

 

There are many other oils you could mix to give you the perfect scent including Joy Essential Oil or Peace & Calm Essential Oil all of these will give your skin relief as well as your senses with these great smelling oils.

I love that my favorite lotion now comes in my favorite essential oil scents and it just cost $1 for a small tin that goes a long way. Keep the tin and your favorite oil in your purse for instant essential oil lotion on the go.

If you are interested in learning more about Essential Oils and Young Living please email me thriftyandchic at gmail dot com I would love to help you as a distributor.

How I Survive Cold & Flu Season with 5 Kids

I am a member of the Netflix Stream Team, all opinions are my own.

Most of the time having 5 kids isn’t really that much more work than having 3, but when they are sick especially when they are all sick….. send help!

 

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Cold & Flu season is the worst, it seems like just as one gets better another one goes down. And when the kids are sick we can’t leave the house which can make for some very, very, very long days. When my kids are sick rest is the  best medicine, but how do you keep them still? I use the magic of Netflix!

Yes that is right I fully admit that when my kids are sick they get way too much screen time, especially if they have something really awful and really contagious. How else do you keep a child in their room while they hear siblings downstairs having fun?

I love Netflix because I can create age appropriate profiles for my kids, that means no adult movies will pop up in their feed for them to click on. We have a rule of no watching without asking and my kids are really good about this, I know because it takes all of 2 seconds to check the viewing history.

 

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In order to help my kids get better and keep us all sane I set them up in their room with a water bottle, a humidifier, some snacks and a tablet for Netflix. The great thing about Netflix is you can stream on up to 4 devices at once so if several kids are sick and they don’t want to watch the same thing, well we are covered for that. Or if I need to hide in my room with a video to unwind I can do that too.

My girls are animal lovers and right now they are loving all the animal themed video options on Netflix, here are just a few to keep in your back pocket for the next sick day!

Did you see the new Adventures of Puss in Boots, great new show your child has definitely not seen! If you go through all these and need more rest assured there are so many other great titles, that is what is so great about Netflix they have got you covered mama with lots and lots of commercial free sick day help! Just don’t forget to charge your device!

Beef & Scallion Stir Fry Recipe

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This is a new dish that turned out delicious and is really cheap to make. I am actually making this and the same thing but with chicken for my daughters party this weekend. It is inexpensive to feed lots of people which is great and just plain delicious!

Beef & Scallion Stir Fry

  • 8 ounces beef, london broil is a good cut, thinly sliced into bite sized pieces (or chicken)
  • 4 cups cooked brown rice
  • 2 1/2 TBL soy sauce
  • 1/4 cup vegetable oil
  • 10 scallions , thinly slice green part and dice white part
  • 1/2 red bell pepper chopped
  • 2/3 cup frozen peas (thawed)
  • 1 tsp ground ginger
  • 3 large eggs
  • 1/2 tsp sugar

 

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Make rice according to directions then chill in refrigerator. Mix together in a bowl beef and 1 TBS soy sauce. Heat a large nonstick skillet over medium heat with 2 TBS vegetable oil. Add beef and cook for 2 minutes or until cooked through, remove from skillet. Reheat skillet with 1 TBS vegetable oil over medium-high heat. Add to skillet red bell pepper, scallion whites and ginger. Cook for 2 minutes then add peas. Move veggies off to the side and add 1 tsp oil and the eggs ( beaten first). As eggs begin to set stir gently into veggie mixture. Add beef back into skillet along with sugar and 1 1/2 TBL soy sauce. Add rice to mixture and heat through. Add in scallions greens and serve.

Momzilla Reared Her Ugly Head… Now What?

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Sooooooo we have all been there, the moment we realize we are behaving in a way we are not proud of towards our kids. Whether we are yelling, or criticizing or whatever our particular form of Momzilla is when she shows up it isn’t pretty. Since my Graves Disease diagnosis I have found that my trigger to becoming Momzilla is much lower than it used to be and for me that is not going to fly.

I have 5 kids and I adore them, I want to be the best possible mom to them but reality is when all 5 kids ban together against me it can be hard to be kind, loving and patient like I want. So I have taken steps to stop Momzilla in her tracks whether I heard her footsteps as she comes down the hall or she actually showed up I can turn it around and send Momzilla back to where she came from.

Here are the tricks I use to banish Momzilla and be the mom I want to be, even on the most trying of days.

Stop and Smell the Oils -

Whether you are an essential oil user or not scents can have powerful effects on people. For me Stress Away from Young Living is what works. When I feel the stress creeping in I take a moment to roll on some essential oil, take a few deep breaths and relax. The combination of removing myself from the situation and the soothing smell of the oils can be a huge help for me, I especially love this trick for stopping stress before it takes over.

 

Shake it Off -

Oh yes I did reference Taylor and this song has done wonders in improving my mood. When things are getting tense especially with my little ones we crank some upbeat tunes and dance and even sing along. You can’t help but smile when you are letting loose, have the kids join in and turn the day around for everyone. I LOVE my Jabra SOLEMATE Wireless Bluetooth Portable Speaker
for this as I can have instant room filling tunes wherever I need them!

 

Connect -

Sometimes we just need to connect to another adult, text your husband, text a friend, if you can even take time for a phone call. This is the perfect way to remove yourself from the stressful situation or get a second opinion on how to handle it.

 

Put on a Video and Retreat -

Desperate times call for desperate measures. If Momzilla is refusing to be banished then settle your kids safely with a distractor like a video and give yourself a break. Whether you lay on the couch with them and close your eyes or you sit in another room and escape into a book or grab a few moments of quiet prayer and reflection, it is important to acknowledge your limits as a mom.

We all have limits, it is not a flaw or weakness but a fact.

 

Momzilla tends to show up more often if I am overtired and not eating well. When I take care of myself by getting sleep, exercising and eating right then I am much less likely to fly off the handle. So I am doing my best just like every other mom out there to be present, loving, encouraging, kind and engaged with my kids. And when I fail I will do these things to get back on track.

To all the other mamas doing battle with Momzilla HANG IN THERE! You are doing better than you think!

Giving the Gift of Sleep and Helping a Family in Need

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I love to give to others, it is one of my absolute favorite things to do and every year around Christmas time my passion for giving and my work with amazing brands lines up to do some really great things. This year, once again, Pampers allowed me to play Santa for a deserving family and I loved every minute of it.

The moment Pampers reached out to me asking if I was interested in teaming up with them I knew exactly who I would gift. I had recently heard of a local family in desperate need. The mom has just had baby number 7 via c section and dad was very ill with a stomach tumor and unable to work. Some women I know where reaching out to everyone they could asking for help and I had already sent groceries and diapers, but I wanted to do more.

 

Pampers generously provided me with diapers, wipes, a Sleep Sheep, a blanket and $100 to purchase more items for this family. I reached out to the mom via email and asked her what she really needed for the baby to help make life easier right now and she told me a swing. Space is very limited for this family so she wanted the tiniest swing possible, but a safe place to put baby and keep her happy was a real need.

Portable swings are small but they are junk and not nearly as comfortbale as a full size baby swing, I wanted a real swing just in a smaller size. I found the Fisher-Price Power Plus SpaceSaver Cradle ‘n Swing and it even came with the option to plug it in meaning they did not need money for batteries all the time… SOLD! So I purchased that swing with the money from Pampers for the family and then like a little kid I got giddy with excitement, thank goodness for 2 day shipping!

 

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Next I reached out to the amazing couple who owns the Chick-fil-A location on  Sawmill Rd. in Columbus, Ohio the Siktberg’s. I asked them to help me out with a hot meal thinking I would pick up sandwiches for the family as a nice treat. Well they went above and beyond providing catering with tons of chicken, fruit, cookies and sweet tea, it was such a treat.

I was able to deliver all these items to a very grateful family and a week later I got a  picture of the sweet baby girl in her new swing!

Thank you so much to Pampers for loving all babies and thank you for allowing me to be the one to deliver your personal message of love to this little girl and her family.

And thanks to Chick-fil-a and the Sitkberg family for your generosity.