Mindy

Mindy is a stay-at-home Mom to her 2 year old daughter and infant son. She previously worked full-time as a Paralegal for more than 10 years. She loves cooking & baking, classic rock, coffee and wine, sunshine and spending time with her children.

Apr 262017
 

As a busy Mom of two toddlers, I love anything that can help me save time, money, and more importantly, my sanity. Let’s face it, being a Mom is HARD. We are always trying to balance a million different things, and a lot of times we get so wrapped up in trying to get everything done, that we become completely overwhelmed. That kind of stress is not good for us or are families, so what’s a Mom to do? Find great resources to help make your life easier, of course! This post contains affiliate links and I will earn a commission if you make a purchase after clicking a link in this post. 

The 2017 Ultimate Homemaking Bundle is now available, and includes 106 resources to help you win at homemaking and mothering! I am so excited to share this awesome bundle with you, but it’s only available for 6 days, so you’ll want to hurry up and jump on this great deal TODAY!

106 RESOURCES TO HELP YOU WIN AT HOMEMAKING & MOTHERING

The 2017 edition of the Ultimate Homemaking Bundle includes 50 ebooks, 21 eCourses, 14 printables, 2 videos, 2 audios, 2 summits, and 1 membership site! WOW!!

This bundle has helped 67,000 homemakers stress less since 2013!

Categories Include:

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  • Faith
  • Finances
  • Home
  • In the Kitchen
  • Intentional Living
  • Marriage
  • Motherhood
  • Organizing and Systems
  • Recipes
  • Self Care
  • Work & Life Balance

Some of my favorite resources included in this bundle are:

Ultimate Homemaking Bundle

Inside you’ll find quick & healthy recipes, homemaking printables, cleaning tips, date night ideas, parenting helps, and so much more! You’ll also get over $290 worth of bonus offers from companies you’ll love! It’s even backed by a 100% happiness guarantee, so you can make sure it’s right for you.

Ultimate Homemaking Bundle

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 Posted by at 3:07 pm
Apr 242017
 

Kids and Dads will have fun bonding while reading these great books about Dad!

Father’s Day is just around the corner, and I thought it would be fun to get my kids a few children’s books about Dad. My husband, John, is such a great father. He’s kind, funny, generous and loves to play with, and teach our children. As I type this post, he is showing them how to plant vegetable seeds. He always strives to include them in whatever activity he may be doing. John works so hard at his job, and always does his best to keep all of us safe and happy. He is truly amazing!

I think John will love reading these children’s books about Dad with our kids. I’m sure they will put a smile on his face, and I know my kids will love them too. They just adore their Dad! This post contains affiliate links and I may earn a commission if you make a purchase after clicking a link in this post. 

Books About Dad

We love these books about Dad!

My Dad is a Superhero
Just Me and My Dad (Little Critter)
My Dad Loves Me!
My Dad is the Best Playground
The Berenstain Bears: We Love Our Dad
Daddy Hugs 123
Froggy’s Day with Dad
Little Critter: Just Helping My Dad (My First I Can Read)
Daddy, My Hero
Biscuit Loves Father’s Day

 My Dad is a Superhero Just Me and My Dad (Little Critter) My Dad Loves Me! (Marianne Richmond) My Dad Is the Best Playground The Berenstain Bears: We Love Our Dad! Daddy Hugs (Classic Board Books) Froggy’s Day with Dad Little Critter: Just Helping My Dad (My First I Can Read) Daddy, My Hero Biscuit Loves Father’s Day

Faster! Faster!
My Dad
I Love My Daddy
If My Love Were a Fire Truck: A Daddy’s Love Song: 1
My Military Dad: Does Things a Little Different
A Little Book About Me and My Dad
Two Dads: A book about adoption
Today I’m Going Fishing with My Dad
Happiness Is…200 Things I Love About Dad
My Daddy Rules the World: Poems About Dads

 Faster! Faster! (Leslie Patricelli board books) My Dad I Love My Daddy (Board Book) If My Love Were a Fire Truck: A Daddy’s Love Song My Military Dad…Does Things A Little Different A Little Book About Me and My Dad Two Dads: A book about adoption Today I’m Going Fishing with My Dad Happiness Is . . . 200 Things I Love About Dad My Daddy Rules the World: Poems about Dads

Daddy Dreams
The Ten Best Things About My Dad
My Dad the Superhero!
Just Like Dad (Little Golden Storybook)
Daddy’s Little Girl
My Dad: a Rhyming picture book about an amazing father in celebration of every wonderful Dad out there.
When Mummy Found me a Daddy
Father’s Day for Foal
Why We Love Dads
I Love My Daddy Because

 Daddy Dreams The Ten Best Things About My Dad My Dad the Superhero! Just Like Dad (Little Golden Storybook) Daddy’s Little Girl My Dad: a Rhyming picture book about an amazing father in celebration of every wonderful Dad out there. When Mummy found me a Daddy (Emily’s Explanations Book 1) Father’s Day for Foal: A Rhyming Picture Book for Kids about a Father’s Day Celebration featuring a Horse celebrating his love for his dad. Why We Love Dads: Kids on Playing Catch, Piggyback Rides and Other Great Things About Dads I Love My Daddy Because…

What are your favorite children’s books about Dad?

 Posted by at 5:14 pm
Apr 232017
 

HAVE YOU TRIED PREMIER PROTEIN CLEAR YET?

Disclosure: This is a sponsored post. All opinions are 100% my own.

Being a stay-at-home Mom to a 2 year old and an almost 4 year old keeps me incredibly busy. Some days I feel like all I do is pick up messes, break up fights, change diapers and get my kids food. I sit down in my chair, and three seconds later, one of them needs something else from me. I’m on the go all day long, and often times, it’s hard to find a quiet moment to myself, where I can just relax and regain some energy. Finding time to fix myself something to eat is another challenge I face a lot. It’s so hard to take care of yourself when your kids constantly demand your attention.

In November of last year, my husband and I started following a low carb diet. We have both lost quite a bit of weight and feel so much better! This has been an amazing lifestyle change for both of us. Being on a low carb diet does take some planning and forethought, though. In moments of chaos when I’m really hungry and need something quick to eat, I can no longer turn to something like a bag of chips or a box of crackers. I have to make sure I have plenty of low carb and protein rich foods on hand, so I don’t reach for those carby snacks out of desperation.

I try to make my days as easy as possible now, so I was really excited to hear that Premier Protein, a line of bars, shakes and powders, just launched new CLEAR Tropical Punch beverage in Sam’s Club Stores nationwide!

 Premier Protein CLEAR

This past weekend, my husband and I headed out to Sam’s Club with the kids to do some grocery shopping and to check out the new Premier Protein drink. We were happy to see that they were giving out free samples, so we could try it out before we purchased it. We were immediately sold on it, as it tastes so good! It is a very light and refreshing drink with a delicious tropical punch flavor. I really like that there are no artificial flavors in this drink, and that it has great nutritionals, with only 90 calories and 0g of sugar for 20g of protein.

Premier Protein CLEAR

We picked up a 12 pack of the Premier Protein CLEAR, and I’m excited that I’ll have something quick & tasty to reach for when I’m just too busy or tired to grab something to eat. These bottles are small enough to fit in my purse and cup holder in the car, so they are great for taking on-the-go! These are going to come in so handy this summer when we are hiking, playing at the park or relaxing at the beach.

Premier Protein Clear

Need protein on-the-go? Grab a pack of Premier Protein CLEAR tropical punch at Sam’s Club today!


 Posted by at 11:36 pm
Apr 062017
 

This is a sponsored post for SheSpeaks/Prudential.

Four years ago, I quit my full-time job as a paralegal to become a stay-at-home Mom. It was the first time in my adult life that I was not earning a paycheck. Instead, I was relying solely on my husband’s income. Not having any income of my own, or any money in savings, made me feel very uncomfortable and vulnerable. If anything had happened to my husband’s income during that time, I don’t know what I would have done.

After we added a second child to our family and purchased our first home, I realized it was time for me to get serious about planning for the future. While I don’t like to think about bad things happening in my life, I know it is always best to plan for any curve-balls that might be thrown your way. You just never know what the future might bring.

Prudential

As a woman, it is especially important to make sure that I am financially secure. There are so many financial challenges that women face. Women outlive men by an average of 5-6 years¹, yet most of us are not prepared for those years alone. Divorce is also more prevalent and women are choosing to remain single².

The average woman working full-time earns just 79% of the income earned by her male counterpart³. This wage gap results in women predictably having social security benefits that are 27% lower than that of their male counterparts4. Women also have 30% lower retirement balances than men5. Women don’t invest as much as men do6. They feel uncomfortable with it, so they are apt to delay investing, invest more in lower risk, lower return investments and are more likely to run out of money in retirement. That’s a scary thought, isn’t it? I want to be able to enjoy my later years, not worry about how I’m going to pay for my basic expenses. I have been hesitant to make investments in the past because it seems a bit overwhelming to me, but I am determined to work with a financial advisor to learn more, and make smart decisions for my financial future this year.

Another challenge that women face is finding time for financial planning. On average, women in the US spend 28 hours per week on household chores – 65% more than the average for men7. That’s not really surprising is it though? I feel like I never have a free moment, and at the end of a long day taking care of my kids and cleaning my house, financial planning is certainly not on my mind.

Where are you at in your own financial journey, and what are your financial goals? My financial goals are to save money to help pay for my children’s college expenses, to pay off our home mortgage, investing for retirement, and saving for unexpected expenses, such as an illness. I also want to make sure that I have an adequate amount of life insurance. A whopping 44% of women have no life insurance, and most women that do are underinsured8. I don’t want to leave a financial burden for my husband or children in the event of my death.

Prudential

Prudential wants to help women educate themselves about all of these challenges that they face, so they can prepare and protect themselves. Prudential aims to empower women with financial solutions so they can be confident they are making the right decisions for themselves and their families.

The Financial Experience study tracks women’s outlook towards financial planning. Women do care about financial security, and their most important goal is having enough money to maintain their lifestyle through retirement. Prudential has learned that many women don’t care for the financial services jargon and they feel starved for time and strapped for cash. Even though women take care of day-to-day budgeting, they leave out some of the most important pieces of long-term financial planning such as insurance and saving for retirement.

Watch the conversation below between SheSpeaks influencers Audrey McClelland and Vera Sweeney to see how financial challenges affect women today, and seek a Prudential advisor to start planning for your own future now!

Sources:

  1. Source: Prudential Retirement analysis; National Center for Health Statistics, Health, United States, 2015: With Special Feature on Racial and Ethnic Health Disparities. Hyattsville, MD. 2016
  2. Source: Cruz, Julisa, “Marriage: More Than a Century of Change” (FP13-13), National Center for Family & Marriage, 2013,)
  3. Source: U.S. Census Bureau, Historical Income Tables Table P-40: Women’s Earnings as a Percentage of Men’s Earnings by Race and Hispanic Origin, 2016
  4. Source: Social Security Administration, Fast Facts and Figures About Social Security, 2016
  5. Source:  Prudential Retirement analysis reflecting defined contribution plan balances of Prudential record-kept plans as of December 31, 2015
  6. Source: http://fortune.com/2016/05/11/sallie-krawcheck-ellevest-launch;
  7. Source: Organisation for Economic Cooperation and Development, October 2016, http://stats.oecd.org/index.aspx?queryid=54757
  8. Source: LIMRA study, Life Insurance Ownership in Focus, U.S. Person-Level Trends: 2016
 Posted by at 8:42 pm
Feb 242017
 

This review was made possible by iConnect and Luvs.  I was provided compensation to facilitate this post, but all opinions stated are 100% mine.

Being a stay-at-home Mom, I am always looking for ways to cut costs and save money, especially when it comes to purchases I make for my kids. They are expensive!

Money pig on pink background

My kids outgrow their stuff so fast, and I don’t want to spend a ton of money on something they aren’t going to wear for very long, so I only buy clothes and shoes when they are on sale, and I accept as many hand-me-downs from friends and relatives as I can get.

Whenever I shop online, I always shop through a “cash back” website to earn cash back on my purchases. Every little bit adds up! I got back quite a big chunk of money from the Christmas shopping I did last year.

I earn a little side money through blogging and taking surveys, and I use that to buy “extras” like gifts for birthdays and holidays, party supplies, fun trips to the Discovery Museum, etc.

I also save money by shopping at the Dollar Store a lot. There are certain things I always buy there, like gift bags & bows, greeting cards, spices for cooking, and craft supplies for my kids. Those items cost a lot more at other stores, and I have saved a lot of money over the years by purchasing them at the Dollar Store.

Another way I save money is by using coupons. I try to use as many coupons as I possibly can. We go through a lot of diapers in this house, so I am super excited about this $1 print-at-home coupon offer from Luvs. This coupon expires 30 days from the date it is printed, and it can be used at any mass, discount or grocery stores where Luvs Diapers are sold. This coupon is good on all Luvs Diapers, except trial/travel sized diaper packs.

Luvs Diapers Coupon

Why Choose Luvs?

  • Featuring Super Absorbent Leakguards and NightLock Plus™, its largest absorbency area ever, Luvs Diapers lock away wetness and absorb even more than regular Luvs.
  • Luvs diapers have large refastenable stretch tabs, so they are super easy for Mom to fasten. You can rest assured knowing that you’re giving your baby a secure, snug fit again and again.
  • Luvs knows that between laundry, play dates, snack time, and nap time, you don’t have time for leaks. Luvs makes life easier for busy Moms by helping to keep leaks in the diaper where they belong, so baby stays dry and comfortable, even overnight.
  • A contoured shape hugs your baby for a great fit and they are softer than ever before.
  • The Luvs Money Back Guarantee: Luvs feels so strongly about their diapers that they’ve guaranteed them! If you aren’t satisfied with the leakage protection of Luvs, they’ll refund your money.  Visit their website, www.luvsdiapers.com, for details.
  • Luvs diapers are available in sizes newborn through 6, feature fun designs in every pack, and can be found at mass, discount and grocery stores where baby care products are sold.
  • For more information on Luvs diapers, visit www.luvsdiapers.com or the brand’s social media channels on Facebook (https://www.facebook.com/luvsdiapers), Twitter (https://www.twitter.com/luvs) and YouTube (https://www.youtube.com/luvsdiapers).

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 Posted by at 8:38 am
Feb 062017
 

Do you have a child safety kit? If not, you should definitely look into getting one. In the United States and Canada, nearly 500,000 children are reported missing every year. Isn’t that a crazy and scary statistic?! This post contains affiliate links and I may receive a commission if you make a purchase after clicking on a link in this post.

It’s something you don’t even want to think about happening to your child, but the fact of the matter is that it can happen to anyone, at any time. You can really never be too prepared when it comes to your child’s safety, and ordering a FREE Child Safety Kit just makes sense.

This FREE Child Safety Kit is endorsed by the International Union of Police Associations and provides parents with the means to be able to respond quickly and effectively in the event a child goes missing.

These kits are available AT NO COST to parents/grandparents and guardians! You can order your own Child Safe Kits today by filling out the form here.

 Posted by at 3:26 pm
Jan 282017
 

This is a sponsored post for SheSpeaks/ Meta Appetite Control.

It’s the beginning of a new year, and while most people start trying to eat healthier and lose weight this month, my husband and I decided to challenge ourselves and do something that only seemingly crazy people would do. We started our weight loss journey on November 12th, right before Thanksgiving and Christmas. Crazy, right?

Even with all of the holiday temptations thrown at us, it honestly hasn’t really been too difficult, but there are still some times when I find myself struggling just a little bit. I have two toddlers at home who like to snack all day long, and I often find myself mindlessly putting a piece of this or a bite of that in my mouth without even thinking about it.

I recently took the POPSUGAR Snack ID Quiz to find out what kind of snacker I am, and it’s really no surprise that my result was “Mindless Muncher”. It’s so easy for me to fall into a trap of binge-eating in front of the TV, or while working at my kitchen table. Before I know it, I’ve eaten way more than one serving, and I feel absolutely disgusted with myself.

Mindless Muncher

Over the past few months, I have learned a few tips to stop these bad habits and to exercise more control over my eating habits, so I don’t fall into those mindless munching traps anymore. 

5 TIPS TO AVOID MINDLESS MUNCHING

  1. Portion out your food – Instead of sitting down with an entire bag of nuts, or whatever it is you are eating, portion out exactly one serving, so you don’t eat more than you intend to.
  2. Be aware when giving food to others – Before you even start portioning food out to your husband or kids, or anyone else, remind yourself that their food is not for you. You have your own food, and you don’t need to snack on theirs while preparing it.
  3. Always have healthy snacks available – Keeping healthy snacks with you wherever you go will help you make better snacking decisions. How many times have you been out and about somewhere and run into a table with free donuts or other tempting foods on it? Looking at trigger foods like that can make you feel hungry and give in to temptation. If you have a healthy snack available, though, you can just eat that instead and feel much better about your decision.
  4. Drink plenty of water – Drinking lots of water throughout the day is so important. It helps keep you full, and from wanting to snack all day long.
  5. Meta Appetite Control Smoothie Enhancer – You can add two teaspoons of Meta Appetite Control Smoothie Enhancer to a cold glass of water or blend it into a delicious smoothie. It’s clinically proven to help you feel less hungry between meals!*

Meta Appetite Control Smoothie Enhancer

Meta Appetite Control is made by the makers of Metamucil, and it contains 100% natural psyllium fiber. The main psyllium fiber thickens and forms a gel in your digestive system, slowing absorption and digestion, which aids in the sensation of fullness.* It’s a great way to get the fiber you need, and it helps you feel less hungry with fewer calories, as it works naturally with your body to help suppress your appetite between meals.* If taken prior to a meal, it can help you control appetite for up to 4 hours.*

Meta Appetite Control is made by the makers of Metamucil, and it contains 100% natural psyllium fiber. The main psyllium fiber thickens and forms a gel in your digestive system, slowing absorption and digestion, which aids in the sensation of fullness.* It’s a great way to get the fiber you need, and it helps you feel less hungry with fewer calories, as it works naturally with your body to help suppress your appetite between meals.* If taken prior to a meal, it can help you control appetite for up to 4 hours.*

Meta Appetite Control Smoothie Enhancer 2

Right now, you can get $2.00 off one full sized Meta Appetite Control product with this coupon! You can also enter to win a Meta Appetite Control Prize Pack and Fitbit Flex 2 from SheSpeaks here. How awesome is that?! 

What kind of a snacker are you? Make sure to take the POPSUGAR Snack ID Quiz and share your results 

* These statements have not been evaluated by the Food and Drug Administration. This product is not intended to diagnose, treat, cure, or prevent any disease. 

Meta partnered with bloggers, such as me, to get the word out about its great product benefits. As part of this program, I received compensation for my time. Meta believes that consumers and bloggers are free to form their own opinions and share them in their own words. Meta’s policies align with WOMMA Ethics Code, Federal Trade Commission (FTC) guidelines and social media engagement recommendations.

 Posted by at 3:06 pm
Jan 262017
 

This post contains affiliate links and I may earn a commission if you make a purchase after clicking on a link in this post.

Macy’s is having an awesome sale this weekend, and you can save up to 20% on your purchase, including select sale and clearance items, when you enter promo code WKND at checkout at Macys.com! Check out some of the great deals below!

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In addition to this awesome sale, you can enter to win 1 of 20 $50.00 Macy’s gift cards! This giveaway ends Sunday, January 29th at 11:59 PM ET. Twenty (20) winners will receive a $50 Macy’s gift card. Winners will be chosen through a lottery drawing and notified on Tuesday (1/31) via the email address they used to enter. See complete Official Rules for entry instructions, full prize descriptions, restrictions and other important details.

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 Posted by at 10:41 pm
Jan 062017
 

This post was developed in partnership with Tom’s of Maine. All opinions are my own.

It’s a new year, and I know it sounds so cliche, but it’s a great time to start fresh, make some resolutions and work on improving certain areas of your life. This year, I will be working more on self-care. As a stay-at-home Mom to two toddlers, age 3.5 and almost 2, self-care is something I have let slide for quite a while now. When you’re wrapped up in all of the day-to-day activities of your kids, it can be hard to find the time or energy to take care of yourself too, but it’s so important. If you’re like me, you probably expend all of your energy taking care of everyone else, and just feel completely zapped by the end of the day. There are a few things you can do for yourself throughout the day, however, that will greatly improve how you feel.

10 Self-Care Tips for the New Year

  1. Drink More Water – Drinking water is something I struggle with, but when I do make an effort to drink more, I feel so much better. I have more energy, my skin looks better, and I don’t have hunger cravings. Buying yourself a nice water bottle is a great way to drink more water throughout the day. If I try to just drink water from a cup, my kids always end up stealing it, or spilling it all over the place, then I don’t actually drink it. I have found that a spill-proof water bottle is an easy way for me to make sure I get enough water in. I also like that I can take it with me while I’m on the go.
  2. Clean Your Bedroom – I have to be honest and say my bedroom is a mess quite often. We live in a small, 960 square foot house, and my bedroom seems to be the “collection” room of the house. All the odds and ends wind up there and it completely takes over my room. I have noticed when I take the time to clean my bedroom by putting laundry away, removing items that don’t belong there, making my bed, etc., I feel much more relaxed and sleep better at night.
  3. Make a To-Do List – When I’m disorganized, I feel stressed out and frazzled. I have all of these thoughts and ideas swimming around in my head and it feels completely overwhelming. Making a to-do list helps clear my mind, and being able to cross items off my list as I get them done is so incredibly rewarding.
  4. Do Something You Enjoy – Every day, you should set aside at least a few minutes for yourself and do something you enjoy. Go for a walk outside, enjoy a cup of tea while watching a favorite movie, do a crossword puzzle, read a book. I know it’s tempting to clean the house or continue to do things for other people when you have a free moment of time while the kids are napping or playing good without you, but you’ll feel so much better if you use some of that time to do something that makes you feel happy.
  5. Dance – Even though I do not dance well at all, it has become a great stress reliever for me. Not only is it great exercise, but listening to your favorite music and being active will greatly improve your energy and mood. I try to set aside at least 20 minutes a day to dance, and I get the kids involved too!
  6. Eat Healthier Foods – Making healthy food choices will also improve your mood and energy. Now is a great time to get rid of all the junk food in your house and load up with lots of fresh fruit and veggies. Instead of reaching for a bag of potato chips, grab a few nuts like almonds or pecans.
  7. Stretch – When I’m busy taking care of the kids all day, chasing them around, getting up and down from my seat, picking them up, picking up all of their toys over and over again, my body gets pretty tired and achy. Taking a few minutes out of the day to stretch my body out helps me to feel so much better. I hate that tense, tight feeling I often get in my back, and stretching really helps to relieve that. There are plenty of great yoga books and videos available if you are unsure of how to start.
  8. Meal Plan – When I go through a week not having any idea what I am going to make for breakfast, lunch or dinner, I feel overwhelmed, and I often end up wasting food because I forget I have it and it goes bad, or I just don’t plan well for the week. Making a meal plan at the beginning of the week really helps to save time, relieve stress and reduce food waste. I love being able to tell my husband exactly what we’ll be having for dinner when he asks, instead of scrambling around trying to put odds and ends together at the last minute. This also diminishes that urge to just order take out because you can’t figure out what to have for dinner!
  9. Fix a Small Annoyance that Has Been Bothering You – Small annoyances, we all have them. Whether it’s getting a stain out of your favorite shirt, changing a light bulb that has been burnt out for a while, cleaning up a messy spill in the fridge, etc., setting aside a few moments to finally take care of that nagging problem will greatly improve your mood! When you get that problem off your mind, you’ll be able to better focus on the more important things.
  10. Make the Switch to Natural Products – Self-care really starts with what we put in and on our bodies. Tom’s of Maine natural deodorant contains no aluminum, artificial fragrances or preservatives and no petrochemicals, and offers clinically proven, 24-hour odor protection using odor-fighting hops, the mineral zinc and only natural fragrances.

Tom's of Maine Natural Deodorant

I have been using Tom’s of Maine natural deodorant for several months now, and I love knowing that I am doing                 something good for myself when I use it. There are several varieties available to choose from, including unscented, lavender, powder, tea tree, apricot and lemongrass.

Tom's of Maine Natural Deodorant

It’s a new year, and a great time to make the switch to a natural deodorant!

Tom’s of Maine also has fully recyclable packaging through local municipalities or the TerraCycle Tom’s of Maine Natural Care Brigade. I think it’s so great that they not only offer natural products, but packaging that can be easily recycled too. If that wasn’t enough, they also give 10% of their profits back to helping people and the planet!

Tom's of Maine Natural Deodorant

A Note About Natural Products:

When trying a natural personal care product for the first time it’s important to give your body time to adjust. If your body is used to a conventional product, you might need a little time to adjust to a natural formula free of chemicals and artificial ingredients. Trying the deodorant for at least 3-7 days, including testing out different scents (or unscented), can help determine the best fit for your body’s unique chemistry.

What are your favorite self-care tips?

 Posted by at 2:04 pm
Dec 142016
 

This post is sponsored by the Voice of Play.

Living in Maine, I am used to several months of cold weather each year. I’m not really a fan of the cold, but I know it’s really important and beneficial to still get outside for some fresh air during the cold months. So, I get the kids bundled up in their warm clothes and head outside to play!

Some of our favorite fall and winter activities include throwing or kicking a ball around the back yard, playing a game of “chase”, going for a walk around our (large) yard, building a snowman, and so much more. Last year, my husband and I had so much fun pulling the kids up and down the snow-covered driveway in their snow sled. Not only was it a ton of fun for them, but it was great exercise for us! I’m thinking this year we will probably try to find a big hill to sled down, now that the kids are a bit older. That was always one of my favorite things to do as a kid.

We recently had our first snowfall of the season here in Maine, and the kids were chomping at the bit to go outside and check out the snow. They were so excited about the fluffy white stuff all over the ground, that I couldn’t even get them to look at the camera for a picture. We just got several more inches of snow, so building a snowman is next on our to-do list! I can’t wait to see the cute ideas they come up with!

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In the early fall months, before the snow flies, we like to hit up our favorite playground, where the kids love to swing and run around. They always have so much fun there!

outdoor-play

The International Play Equipment Manufacturers Association (IPEMA) is currently running a campaign called Voice of Play, to encourage parents to get their kids outdoors for #YearRoundPlay, not just during the warm months. Visit their website to learn more about the scientifically proven physical, social, emotional and cognitive benefits of outdoor play!

What are some of your favorite outdoor activities to do with your kids when the weather gets cold? 

The post is brought to you by Activate by Bloglovin and its advertiser. All opinions are mine alone.
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