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Stocking My Summer Sick Kit

May 16, 2016 By · 20 Comments

Disclosure: The Pfizer Pediatric Platform products, information, and additional gift pack have been provided by PfizerConsumer Healthcare. All thoughts and reviews are my own.

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Are you ready for summer? One great way to prepare is to head over to Target and get all your summer needs right there. I’m lucky I have a Super Target just down the road from me so it is easy.  I actually learned to be prepared from my Aunt because whenever we’d go visit she had a cabinet full of medicines for everyone, not just her husband or herself. She was prepared for her nieces and nephews all year long no matter the age. You never know who will get sick when they are visiting or living there. When sick gets real this summer will you be ready? My kids get out of school in less than 12 days, which means I need to be prepared with crafts, books, fun activities for them to do otherwise I’m going to constantly hear the “I’m bored” song that all parents go through during breaks or rainy weekends. One too many times I’ve had at least one child get sick during the summer, when you have 5 kids that typically means you are going to have others following suit. This year I’ll be prepared with my sick kit.

“Pfizer Pediatric wants to help you get prepared for the fevers, coughs, and colds coming your way this season, and Target has all of thePfizer Pediatric products you need to fight against the “ick’s” and “ew’s” that bring your kids down.”

product_children_dimetapp__desktopHere’s a few products for the sickies I always have on hand because I’ve used them for years.  Dimetapp Children’s Cough/Cold DM grape syrup – 4 Fl Oz.  tackles a child’s most bothersome stuffy and runny noses, all while working to relieve cough. Provides great-tasting cold-fighting power and is the #1 pharmacist recommended brand for children’s cough & cold symptoms(3) (for ages 6+) Not only is the flavor great tasting it, this also acts as an allergy relief. Don’t quote me but back in the 90s my family had to keep this one on hand if a neighbor girl was coming over so she could be in our house because we had cats. This worked for her great. Today, I use Dimetapp whenever my elementary-age children get sick with a common cold. It’s always in the stores so it isn’t like I have to go to the doctor for a sniffle and during the summer someone is bound to get them at least once. This one is good for children 6 years and older.

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 with a syringe for easy dosing for children 6-23 months.  Provides unsurpassed fever and pain relief(1) , and contain ibuprofen, the medicine pediatricians use most for their own kids’ fevers(2) (for ages 6 months -11 years)Whether they are getting shots for school or they have a fever this is a great medicine to have on hand. I must admit I normally only get this for my teens. I didn’t realize until now that this is actually safe for ages 2-11.  $5.69 on the site right now.

non-drowsy daytime formula helps break up chest congestion, while the long-acting nighttime formula relieves coughs and runny noses to help kids get the rest they need.  Provides soothing action and cough control with some formulations lasting up to 8 hours (for ages 6-12 years) Got a kid that is having a hard time with a cough? Whether it is allergies or being sick no parents like their kids being miserable or in pain so this is a great relief for them. I love the value pack because you’ll have it ready for them day or night, whenever it strikes. Night time is great because it’ll put them to sleep and day time makes it so it doesn’t knock them right out in case they need to do sports. I always get day & night for adults whenever I get sick just to kill it quicker, since I know this brand and trust them I would trust it with my children.

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

I keep all three of these in a basket I have under my desk for easy reach for me. Once they’ve been opened I typically keep them in the door of my refrigerator.  Inside my basket are all types of goodies for when a child/adult gets sick and needs something or to be entertained.

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Orkin Mosquito Scientist Summer Bug Kit Giveaway

April 30, 2016 By · 20 Comments

Disclosure:  This post is sponsored by Orkin Rollins INC. I will be receiving a pack as a thank you for posting this giveaway.

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Summer is almost here! That means picnics, baseball games, barbecues and all the fun of enjoying the great outdoors with your family. There’s one thing no one likes about being outdoors, though: mosquitoes! They not only are a nuisance, but they also pose potentially serious health risks. Fortunately, the experts at Orkin study the science of mosquitoes and other pests closely in order to better tailor plans that help keep them out of your home this summer.

How many of you get bites every year around this time? How about your kids? It seems that every time my two boys go outside they get bites on their arms or legs, in fact I thought my 9 yr old my be allergic to something that was in the air but turns out we’ve got mosquitoes already.

Watch the “How to Deal With Mosquitoes” & “Do Mosquitoes Prefer Adults over Children” videos, as well as the rest of Orkin’s How-To video series, to get the most up-to-date knowledge on dealing with pesky home invaders.  Are you prepared for mosquito season this year?

At Orkin, they use the latest technology and unparalleled training to develop an effective treatment that’s right for your needs. To learn more about their pest control based in science or to schedule an inspection, visit orkin.com or call 1-800-800-ORKIN.

Take the quiz below to see if you’re ready to earn your badge in Mosquito Season Prep.  Download Orkin’s yearly “Mosquito Cities” list and find out if your city made it!

Talking about summer and bugs makes me remember back when I was first married and very pregnant I met a life-long friend and her little 3 year old. Lauren (the 3 yr old at the time) was fascinated with bugs, so much she would catch them and play with them. She’d watch them in little cups but we did learn you must watch them very closely because they may just try to stick a rollie-polly up their nose. haha. Yes, it happened, no at the time it was not funny. So while your little one is bug watching, please make sure to watch them very closely. If something goes missing check places.
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3 Steps to a Working Garage Door

March 25, 2016 By · 59 Comments

garage_door_not_opening_smallIt’s Spring which means Spring Cleaning so why not start with the garage.  Whether you need to go through your garage to find the things to donate or trash or maybe you just want to make it spacious and clean enough to park your vehicle in it. Chances are you don’t think very often about the garage door itself. Am I right? I didn’t always either, at least not until you heard a funny noise or it got stuck as you tried getting it up. I’ll never forget the one day though that my door would get stuck and when I pulled it shut the top fell off the hinges and came crashing down on my head, making me drop to the ground with my three kids (at the time) worried I was dead. Now, I make sure it is working and you can too.

With GarageDoorCare.com, you’ll find a 3-step program that helps you make sure your garage door is working and running smoothly. Don’t wait until it’s too late and repairs must be done. Not only can those take be expensive, but it can also take time to find a trusted professional to make those repairs. Check out these 3 tips on maintaining your garage door.

1 – Lubricate your garage door twice a year (it isn’t that hard, believe me.) Most homeowners have never lubricated their garage door. ACK! That’s why you may hear squeaks, groans and why it can stick. Over time, that could lead to trouble. But lubricating a garage door is easy. A quick visit to GarageDoorCare.com will show you how to lubricate the door, rollers and hinges. Five minutes of your time and a five dollar spray can of garage door lubricant that you can pick up at your local hardware store are all you need to potentially save a costly service call down the road. That’s it! The site also demonstrates several other easy steps homeowners can take to keep their door in peak operating condition.

2 – Sign up for a free twice-a-year email garage door lubrication reminder. You don’t want to miss the reminders.

3 – Find a trusted, local garage door pro well in advance of a problem. Following these maintenance tips will extend the life of most of your garage door parts, but sometimes despite your best efforts your garage door will need professional attention. Unfortunately no amount of lubrication can keep a worn out spring from breaking. When your garage door stops working you’ll need a professional. It’s not something a homeowner should try to repair themselves – a garage door is the largest and heaviest moving object in a home, and can cause severe injuries or even death if damaged or misused.
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DC Super Hero Girls Giveaway

March 5, 2016 By · 1 Comment

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If your kids are looking for action-packed girl power, look no further than DC Super Hero Girls. DC Entertainment’s latest animated series features a dynamic group of Super Heroes on their journey of discovering the power of their unique abilities and friendships. What I love is how dynamic the characters are, from strong and fearless to edgy and fun; there is a character for everyone. Always a character for everyone to relate with.

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As a little girl I was a big fan of Wonder Woman. I mean she was super strong, could fly and was always saving someone’s life. Now I’m a mom to five, two of which are girls and yes they’ve had their own favorites which weren’t the same as mine. One loved Batgirl while another liked Harley Quin. Do your children like a favorite character?

The DC Super Hero Girls YouTube channel makes it easy for our kids to watch their favorite characters, on-demand, and from any device. Don’t forget to click subscribe up in the corner to catch all the latest episodes. Oh and in case you didn’t know the dolls have come out now too.

For even more fun for your readers, there is an extended online experience on the website: DC Super Hero Girls, where kids can play games, download free printable activities, and more. Don’t forget to enter the giveaway for a chance to win a $100 Visa Gift Card! Good luck!

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Eddie the Eagle Movie Giveaway

February 22, 2016 By · 182 Comments

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Inspired by true events, Eddie the Eagle (which comes out Feb 26, 2016) is a feel-good story about Michael “Eddie” Edwards, an unlikely but courageous British ski-jumper who never stopped believing in himself and was loveable underdog with a never say die attitude. Don’t you wish everyone had that type of attitude? I don’t know if you’ve ever been told you can’t do something or you will be limited or your child will be but I know as humans no one likes to hear that. I remember the day I was told my son may or may not walk, that he might need braces because he was born with his feet bent towards each other and they would immediately go into this frog like stance if you let them go. Apparently he’d grown in the womb this way.  He took longer to walk but I never gave up. We practiced with him daily and he learned to walk sideways before he learned to walk straight.

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About the film

Inspired by true events, Eddie the Eagle is a feel-good story about Michael “Eddie” Edwards (Taron Egerton), an unlikely but courageous British ski-jumper who never stopped believing in himself – even as an entire nation was counting him out.  With the help of a rebellious and charismatic coach (played by Hugh Jackman), Eddie takes on the establishment and wins the hearts of sports fans around the world by making an improbable and historic showing at the 1988 Calgary Winter Olympics.  From producers of Kingsman: The Secret Service, Eddie the Eagle stars Taron Egerton as Eddie, the loveable underdog with a never say die attitude.

Directed By: Dexter Fletcher

Screenplay By: Sean Macaulay and Simon Kelton

Produced By: Matthew Vaughn, Adam Bohling, David Reid, Rupert Maconick, Valerie Van Galder

Story By: Simon Kelton

Starring: Taron Egerton, Christopher Walken, Hugh Jackman

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