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Feel in Control When Your Child Gets a Fever

This is a sponsored conversation written by me on behalf of Braun Thermometers. The opinions and text are all mine.

When Lilly get’s even the slightest sign of a cold, I begin to worry.  For years, it felt like every time she got a small cough it would turn into pneumonia overnight. 

I have spent more nights than I can count over the years waking up repeatedly throughout the night to check her temperature.  Trying to get an accurate temperature of a sick sleeping child with the wrong thermometer is not easy, actually more like impossible.  Imagine being exhausted at 3 am trying to make sure a thermometer stays under a sleeping child’s armpit, or even worse trying to do a rectal temperature on a toddler without waking them up.  Been there, and you probably have too!  However, thanks to BrAun, the #1 brand recommended by pediatricians, those days or rather nights are finished.  No more guessing and worrying if I got the right temperature, and no more worrying about waking up a sick child.

The Thermometers!

The Braun ThermoScan® 5 Ear thermometer is proven more accurate than
forehead or rectal measurements. The ear canal is the best site to measure a
fever because of its close proximity to the eardrum, which shares the blood supply
of the brain’s temperature control center.  My kids love that they no longer need to hold a thermometer under their tongue and I love that I no longer have to guess if the temperature reading is accurate because my kids tried to talk the entire time the old oral thermometer was in their mouth.
BrAun’s exclusive pre-warmed tip
technology is designed to minimize the cooling effect of the tip inside the ear canal,
providing accurate measurements time after time.

Product Features:
• Fast reading in just seconds
• Positioning system uses a light and a beep to
confirm proper positioning
• Large, easy to read screen
• Last reading memory recall
• Lens filters for hygiene
• For infants, children and adults
• Includes thermometer, protective case, 21 lens
filters, and 2 AA batteries
• MSRP: $49.99

BrAun No touch + forehead thermometer  is the ultimate thermometer when it comes to taking a sleeping child’s temperature!   The Braun No touch + forehead thermometer is the first thermometer to take
professionally accurate temperatures with a gentle touch of the forehead or no
touch at all, which eliminates the fear of disturbing their much-needed rest.  Plus the large color-coded display makes life for us sleep deprived mothers a lot easier!

Product Features:
• Clinically proven precise and accurate readings
• Innovative BrAun technology captures twice as
much body heat compared to traditional forehead
• Same professional accuracy touching the forehead
or from up to 2 inches away
• Fast two-second reading
• Easy to use – no need to swipe
• Color coded temperature guidance – screen
changes from green to yellow to red, depending on
temperature reading
• Silent mode for sleeping children
• Positioning system guides to the correct distance
and location to ensure accuracy
• Safe and hygienic
• For infants, children and adults
• Includes thermometer, protective cap, and 2 AA
• MSRP: $59.99

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Fevers can be scary for us Mommys, BrAun helps us feel more confident and in control when our children get sick.  So head to your nearest Walgreens and pick up one of these amazing Thermometers! 


This is a sponsored conversation written by me on behalf of Braun Thermometers. The opinions and text are all mine.

The Perfect Time to Enter the Judgement Free Zone

This post is sponsored by on behalf of Planet Fitness.

The Perfect Time to Enter the Judgement Free Zone

I can’t believe it’s already January, I swear life is flying by before my eyes. The worst part is that I don’t think I’m living that life to its full potential. So, my resolutions for this year are to stop caring what

others think and to become comfortable in my own skin, which means I need to get back to the gym to build up my stamina and increase my energy.

Wouldn’t it be amazing if everyone looked at you like your dog did? What would be more amazing is if we could look at ourselves the way our dogs do! They love us unconditionally and completely judgement free. It doesn’t matter what you’re wearing or how much you weigh, their tails wagging, and those kisses are coming as soon as you walk in the door. Unfortunately, people aren’t dogs and there is so much judgement in the world today, but you can still find a Judgement Free Zone® while you get your workout done at Planet Fitness!

I had gone through several gym memberships before I joined Planet Fitness. I never liked the feel of the gyms I tried before because I always felt out of place. One time when I was signing into an overpriced gym, the lady at the desk rolled her eyes at me when she noticed I hadn’t been for over a month. I had that mom life going on with toddler twins at home. Another gym I tried was clearly catering to the bodybuilding crowd and as a mom who is often working out in yoga pants and a t-shirt that may or may not have a questionable stain on it, I just didn’t fit in.

I joined Planet Fitness when we moved to Florida last year because I loved that there was a location within a mile from my house and best of all like many of their clubs it was fully staffed 24 hours a day. With both my husband and I being self-employed that 24-hour window is amazing! When I first joined, I didn’t know how it was going to work out, I just knew the sunshine state could be a lot of fun if I was healthy. Well, it was one of the best decisions I made during our transition down here. I feel completely comfortable from the moment I walk in, they truly are a Judgement Free Zone® that is for everyone. I work out beside people of all ages and all sizes, there are athletes who are in amazing shape and people just starting their fitness journey.

Is losing weight, getting healthy, or improving your fitness level on your New Year’s goals list? Are you considering joining a gym and a little intimidated? As an actual member of Planet Fitness, I would definitely recommend joining now and taking advantage of the January New Membership Sale!

New members can join at any location from now until January 10th for just $1 down (enrollment fee) and $10 a month. That’s a great price for a great gym membership! I also recommend discussing the benefits of becoming a black card member during your enrollment. Black Card members have access to several benefits including HydroMassage chairs, tanning, and so much more.

Planet Fitness Features:
· Brand name cardio and strength equipment

· Fully equipped locker rooms
· Flat screen televisions
· Free Small group fitness instruction through the pe @ pf® program · An online community called “Planet of Triumphs” that gives members the opportunity to celebrate, support and encourage each other.
· A hassle-free environment called the Judgement Free Zone®
· And so much more!

Are you sick and tired of feeling sick and tired? Is 2018 going to be your year? Then head into a Planet Fitness near you and enter the Judgement Free Zone!

Get Ready For Flu Season at Sam’s Club with a Sick Basket

This is a sponsored post written by me on behalf of Sam’s Club. All opinions are 100% mine.

Cold and Flu Season is coming, make sure you’re ready for it before it starts by stocking up on medicine and supplies at Sam’s Club while getting your Flu Shot! 
A mom friend of mine once told me about her “Sick Basket” and we have created one in our house every year since!  It’s a basket or bin that you fill with all the supplies you will need when someone inevitably gets sick.  We tuck it away in the linen closet and then pull it out when we need it, this is the best feeling when that icky feeling strikes in the middle of the night!
I’m sure every family has their own list of favorite things that make a bad cold or even worse, the flu, more bearable.
Everything in my basket is conveniently available at Sam’s Club.  With 5 people in my family, we get sick!  I love being able to stock up on everything I’m going to need at Sam’s Club and forgetting about it until it’s needed.
In my Sick Basket I keep:
1) Hard Candy, for sore or dry throats.  I like caramel candies because they remind me of my Nana but many people prefer cough drops.
2) Tea, I love curling up with a hot and steamy cup of sleepy time tea when I’m under the weather.
3) Antibacterial Wipes, with a household of 5 the germs get passed along quickly.  I like to spray down remotes, door knobs and everything else that we touch often.
5) ChapStick, for when your lips get extra dry and under your nose get red and sore from too much wiping.
6) Tissues are a must.
7) Hand Sanitizer also helps clean up hands quickly while also disinfecting them.
8) A Thermometer is also an important thing to have quickly assessable.  Before keeping our in our sick basket, I used to lose thermometers all over the house which made for the crazy middle of the night searches too often.
9) A Water Bottle with a cover is also great for those days your couch-ridden.  I like to put a tablespoon of Honey, Lemon Juice, and a Table Spoon of warm Coconut Oil in my water when I’m sick for a little immune booster.
10)  Dog Walking Bags (or diaper trash bags) for stomach aches.  These make for cheap, easy, and disposable barf bags!
11) Medicine!  The best way to feel better faster is with a good quality cold and flu medication to relieve those miserable symptoms.  Vicks is a trusted brand in our home and when the hubby or I am sick we like to use DayQuil and Nyquil for relief.
Get Your Flu Shot
Visit your Sam’s Club Pharmacy today, to get your flu shot, it’s easy and convenient because they accept walk-ins! No appointment, no problem!
Every year up to 1 in 5 people get the flu in the US and more than 300,000 people were hospitalized with flu-related complications in the 2015-16 flu season.  These are scary statistics, so I want to do everything possible to keep my family from getting the flu.
Are you a Sam’s Club member?  What’s your favorite thing to stock up on at Sam’s?

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HIV seems like it should be a thing of the past.  I remember as a child born in the 80’s, the fear people had of the unknown.  People feared contracting the disease from sitting on toilet seats and even being in the same room as an HIV positive person.  Looking back, I can’t imagine how these people must have felt, it’s heart breaking.
I was part of the generation who learned as a young teenager, what living with HIV was like from watching Pedro Zamora on Th Real World.  He put a face and many facts to a disease that had our parents scared of something we couldn’t quit understand.  However, decades have passed since that strange and scary period in time, we know so much about the disease, and yet according to UNAIDS 7,000 young women still contract HIV every week!

After over 30 years HIV is still here, it may not be on TV everyday or the topic at the dinner table, but it is still here and taking lives at a staggering rate.  In 2016, 1 million people died of HIV-related illnesses globally according to the World Health Organization.

Some of the Facts according to the CDC and UNAIDS:

Young people make up 20% of HIV/AIDS cases in the United States.

People between the ages of 13 and 24 accounts for over 1 in 5 HIV diagnoses.

400 children contract HIV everyday globally with 290 children dying of AIDS related illnesses every day.

30% of people globally who are HIV positive don’t know it.  The vast majority of people living with HIV are located in low and middle-income countries.

Visit the Johnson and Johnson Make HIV History page to learn more and create your own video for HIV awareness!

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These facts are scary, luckily, treatments for HIV have improved, and are continuing to get better.  At this year’s Global Citizens Festival Johnson & Johnson announced a possible HIV vaccine that they are developing!

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A couple years ago my son started breaking out in a red, bumpy rash that he couldn’t stop itching. I remember bath time was the worst; his skin was extra delicate from being wet, and no matter how hard I tried to stop him, he’d scratch and the marks looked so deep! It was heart breaking to hear him whine and cry about how itchy he was, no matter what lotions I used.

I was able to get an appointment to see his pediatrician within a couple of days, and within a couple of minutes into the exam, his pediatrician was able to tell me he had eczema. He said while the rash can be a nuisance, it was not a diagnosis to worry about. He recommended I get an anti-itch eczema cream at the pharmacy and with time I should see improvement.

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I am so happy with how much his eczema symptoms have improved!  He’s no longer whining in agony as I fight with him not to itch.

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