Jun 232015
 

I participated in an Influencer Activation on behalf of Influence Central for Gold Toe. I received product samples to facilitate my review as well as a promotional item to thank me for my participation.

I may just be home all day with the kids, but boy, do my feet ever hurt at the end of the day.  It’s really no wonder though, since I’m usually chasing Kayleigh around the house, running from room to room all day picking up messes, and pacing back and forth with Logan in my arms, trying to get him to settle down.

There is nothing I like to do more at the end of a long and stressful day, than to lay on the couch, watch some TV or a movie, and just relax.  As a Mom of two small kids, it’s so important for me to have a little “me time” at the end of a long day to unwind and re-energize.  I really think it helps me to be not only a better Mom to my kids, but also a better wife to my husband.  When I’m happy, everyone is happy!

It’s also really important for me to give my aching feet a little TLC on a regular basis.  So, after a long day of hard work as a stay-at-home Mom, I slip my tired feet into a pair of Gold Toe Oh. So. Soft socks, and I swear they instantly feel a million times better.  Gold Toe socks are hands down the softest socks my feet have ever had the pleasure of wearing.  They feel so good, that I don’t ever want to take them off!

Gold Toe Socks

Not only are Gold Toe socks super soft and comfy, but they are stylish and affordable, too!  They also have lots of cute colors and patterns to choose from, so you can get a pair to go with every outfit!

Gold Toe Socks

I have worn Gold Toe socks for many years now.  They are of very high quality, and hold up really well after multiple washes.  You really could not ask for a better sock, and I highly recommend them!

Gold Toe socks

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How do you take care of your feet after a long and stressful day?

Jun 162015
 

The reviewer has been compensated in the form of a Best Buy Gift Card and/or received the product/service at a reduced price or for free.

Best Buy has always been one of my favorite stores.  Whenever I’m in need of a new computer, printer, camera, TV, etc., it’s the first place I go to, because I know I’ll find exactly what I’m looking for.

This Father’s Day, Best Buy is the destination for the latest cameras and camcorders, including the new GoPro HERO+LCD.  This new camera is perfect for capturing all of those special family moments, vacations and more.

GoPro+LCD

The GoPro+LCD features:

  • 1080p60 video, 8MP photos and built-in Wi-Fi, plus the convenience of a touch display.
  • Built-in Wi-Fi and Bluetooth® connect to the GoPro App for shot preview, total camera control and easy content sharing to Instagram, Facebook, and more.

Go Pro HERO+LCD

You can make this Father’s Day extra special by giving Dad a new GoPro HERO+LCD so he can capture all of his adventures and relive them on the spot with the LCD display.

How much fun would it be to relive all of those hunting and fishing trips, hikes through the woods, and all of the other adventures Dads love to go on?!

Go Pro HERO+LCD

Special Savings and Offers:

  • HERO+LCD (Sku 6954009) with free 32GB Extreme Plus memory card (Sku 9387066). Valid 6/14-6/20
  • Free $50 Best Buy Gift Card with purchase of the GoPro HERO4 Silver (Sku 8374096) or GoPro HERO4 Black (Sku 8374078). Valid 6/7-6/20

Will you get the Dad in your life a GoPro HERO+LCD for Father’s Day?

Jun 142015
 

My body has completely changed after giving birth to my two children.  I’m 40 pounds heavier, have a soft tummy that’s covered in stretch marks, my feet are a size and a half bigger, and I now experience light bladder leakage more often than I care to talk about.  Awesome.

I was at my daughter’s 2nd birthday party a few weeks ago, and I had an embarrassing bladder leakage moment.  We had her birthday party at an outdoor picnic area near a large pond, so I really had to keep my eye on her, as she is constantly on the move, and I didn’t want her getting into the water.  She was kicking a ball around, and it started to roll away, right towards the pond.  Of course, she started running after it, so I started running after her.  I didn’t get too far before I felt it.  Light bladder leakage. 

There was no bathroom in sight, so I had to just sort of deal with it until I got home after the party.  I felt so awkward and uncomfortable after.  Light bladder leakage at 33 years old.  I never thought I would have to deal with this problem at such a young age, but I now know that it’s actually very common for younger people to experience bladder leakage. 

Did you know?

More people with bladder leakage are in their 20’s than their 80’s.

Theaverage age of someone with bladder leakage is only 52!

More people with bladder leakage are 50 or younger than 60 or old!

So, now that I have light bladder leakage, what am I going to do about it?  I certainly don’t want it to slow me down, or embarrass me again, like it did at my daughter’s birthday party.

After doing a little research, I found Depend Silhouette Active Briefs.  I know what you’re probably thinking… Depends are for old people, right?  Well, no, not anymore.  Depend has been working hard to break down the stigma associated with bladder leakage.  There are so many women that experience it, so why should we all have to suffer and be embarrassed by it?  Depend Silhouette Active Briefs have a low rise, and they look and feel like real underwear!  I was really quite surprised at how comfortable they are.  They even come in black and beige, so they don’t stick out like a sore thumb.

Depends Silhouette Active Fit

I recently picked up a box of these Depend Silhouette Active Briefs at Walmart.  When I got to the checkout, of course there was a young guy standing there.  Now, normally, if I were buying depends in front of a younger man, I would be completely embarrassed, but these look so much like real underwear, and the Depend logo is so small on the box, that I don’t even think he noticed that I was buying bladder leakage protection.  I absolutely love how discreet these are.

Depends Silhouette Active Fit

Depend is entering year two of Underwareness, a social movement and charitable cause to break down the bladder leakage stigma. As part of Underwareness, the Depend brand is encouraging people to show their support for women with bladder leakage.

For every photo and video shared using #Underwareness and featuring Depend products, the Depend brand will donate $1, up to $3 million, through 2016 to fund charities that advance the research and education of bladder leakage!

Visit www.Underwareness.com to support the cause and to also request free samples of Depend Silhouette Active Fit!

Have you ever had an embarrassing experience with light bladder leakage?

Jun 112015
 

I received an advance copy of this e-book in exchange for my honest review and opinion.

I am a child of the 1980’s.  I was born in 1981, at the tail end of what has been termed “Generation X”.  My parents were born in 1961 and 1963, at the very beginning of Generation X.  While we are from the same generation, our parenting styles differ greatly. 

When I was a kid, I walked to school with my best friend every day.  Our parents didn’t walk with us, and they didn’t drive us to school, or walk us inside to our classroom to make sure we arrived there safe and sound.  They trusted that we would walk straight to school, and not run into any trouble along the way.  And, we did.

After school, we would walk back home, alone.  We were sometimes “latch-key” kids, meaning that our parents would give us a key to get into the house because they were not home when we returned.  They once again put a lot of trust in us, and felt that we were responsible enough to stay home alone for a couple of hours until they came home.  And, we were.

Summer days and weekends were spent walking across town to the drugstore to replenish our stash of penny candy, stopping at the convenience store to cool off with a Slush Puppie, taking a quick dip in the town pool, swinging as high as we could at the playground, or riding our bikes all around town.  All of this was done without any adult supervision.  Oh, and we never wore a bike helmet either.

My friends and I were pretty much given the freedom to do whatever we wanted, within reason.  We never had to check in with our parents while we were out having fun, and growing up.  There were no cell phones for us to call them with.  Most of the time, they had no idea where we were or what we were doing.  They simply expected us to return home for dinner, and we did.

I want my kids to have the same fun experiences I did as a child, but here’s the thing… I have found myself turning into a “helicopter parent”, meaning I hover over my children and don’t allow them the freedom to make decisions for themselves.

Kayleigh walk

My kids are very young, so I do have to keep a constant eye on them still, but I can already tell I am headed towards that helicopter parent mentality where I will have to know where my kids are and what they are doing at all times, or I will simply go mad!

I absolutely don’t want to turn into that parent.  I want to give my children the same freedom I had when I was young.  They need to learn from their mistakes just like I did.  They need to become adults.

I was very intrigued when I heard about the book “How to Raise an Adult” by Julie Lythcott-Haims.  I just knew that I had to read this, for my sake, and for my kids’ sake.  This book was full of valuable lessons and information, and did not disappoint!

How to Raise an Adult

In her book, Julie Lythcott-Haims writes about her experience as a freshman dean of students at Stanford University.  It really came as no surprise to me that most college students still rely heavily on their parents for the most basic things.  I worked for a lawyer for more than 10 years.  He was also a landlord and owned several apartment buildings that catered to college students.  I dealt with many college students, and their parents too.  They were very involved in their child’s lives still, even though they were technically considered an adult, and should have been old enough to make decisions on their own at that point. 

“Without experiencing the rougher spots of life, our kids become exquisite, like orchids, yet are incapable, sometimes terribly incapable, of thriving in the real world on their own.”

One part of Julie’s book that really resonated with me, was when she told the story of a time she saw a mother and her 8 year old child crossing a busy street together.  The mother looked left and right, and then left again, and the child never once looked up from the cell phone he was staring at.

When we are always present with our children, thinking that they will always be safe, as long as we are there to help them, they never have to learn to do anything for themselves, and the above story is a perfect example.  Why would the child look up from his cell phone to make sure the intersection is safe to cross, if his mother has always been there to make sure it’s ok?  He is relying on her to do something that he should be doing for himself at that age.

Kayleigh swing

So, how do we allow our children to become adults, and keep them safe at the same time?  Teach them life skills, starting at a young age.  Kayleigh is only 2 years old, and I already have her helping me cook in the kitchen and helping me clean the house.  These are things she will have to do for herself some day. 

Teach your children to know important names, addresses and telephone numbers in case of an emergency.  Allow them to play freely.  Teach them about the value of money, and how to take pride in their personal belongings.  It is also very important for you to listen to them, to what they really want, and not force things on them.  Let them make their own decisions.  They will grow up to be very smart, independent individuals that will make you beam with pride.

What tips do you have for raising your kids to be adults?

I was selected for this opportunity as a member of Clever Girls and the content and opinions expressed here are all my own.