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The Made to Matter Collection by Tom’s of Maine is Available at Target!

This is a sponsored post written by me on behalf of Tom’s of Maine for IZEA. All opinions are 100% mine.
My favorite way to unwind is to wander around Target aimlessly without my children in tow.  My local store has a coffee shop right as I walk in, so I am able to sip a latte and check out all the pretty new things.  Plus of course, pick up our families everyday needs, I am one of those women who runs in for toothpaste and leaves with a cart full of things.

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Perfecting our Bedtime Routine ~ The Rabbit Who Wants To Fall Asleep Book Review

This is a sponsored post. All opinions are 100% mine.
Bedtime has always been an uphill battle
in our house.  The kids never want to go to bed and setting up a night
time routine has been a continuous process.  We have been trying out our
newest routine over the last couple weeks and it has been working like a charm.

The kids’ bedtime is 8 o’clock.
 Anthony has to be up by 6:30 and the twins are up by 8, so aiming for an
8 pm bedtime is our goal.
After school we try to get homework out of
the way early so that any stress it causes is settled and out of their minds by
bedtime.  Then we have snacks, play, and dinner all before 7 o’clock so
that we have an hour to unwind.  Granted with
extra curricular activities, sports, and other
random activities that pop up, it’s not always possible to
maintain a strict down time at 7 rule.  However, we do make
a conscious effort to keep our routine in tact whenever
possible.

At 7 we start to settle down for the
night, I turn off the TV and turn off any unnecessary lights that
have been turned on through out the house.  Then it’s bath time, pj’s on,
the kids take turns reading some stories, prayers, snuggles, and then right
before bedtime I read the book “The Rabbit Who Wants to Fall Asleep”.
This is an interesting new book that I hadn’t heard much about prior to it being delivered.  Its approach is to help soothe kids to sleep using special language and tone of voice while reading. 
It’s a cute book that tells a story about a rabbit named Roger who can’t fall asleep so his mommy takes him to visit Uncle Yawn who can help anybody fall asleep.  Along the way he meets Sleepy Snail and Heavy Eyes Owl who give him some other sleeping tips.
All through out the story the focus in the text is on being calm and relaxing your body, and the vocal points that are cued to the reader correspond with that focus.  At certain times the reader is to yawn, insert the child’s name, and even pretend to sprinkle sleeping dust over the child.
My opinion:
I really enjoyed the story, I think it has
been a valuable asset to our nighttime routine.
During our routine, the kids have a chance
to read a story of their choosing, so this stops any fighting over which story
we will read at night and the children are excited when I come into their rooms
to read an extra story.  Plus the twins seem to get wound up easily, so they
can become a bit energetic while reading a sillier story .  This book
helps to calm them back down as they are told to relax their feet, relax their
legs, and other relaxing activities.

“The Rabbit Who Wants to Fall
Asleep” is a great extra step that has stopped me from having to go back
into the room over and over to stop kids from jumping around in bed. Since even
if they are not completely asleep when I leave the room, they are still fully
calm and relaxed and able to drift off to sleep soon enough.  This makes
evenings in my house a lot less chaotic and stressful!

Overcoming Infertility from a Pituitary Gland Tumor and No Ovulation ~ #AstroglideTTC

 Astroglide TTC™ sponsored this blog post. The opinions and text are all mine
If you’ve ever struggled with infertility you can relate to the emotional rollercoaster that comes month after month while your trying to conceive and it seems everyone around you is popping out babies left and right.
When my husband and I decided to start trying to build our family, we were a young newly married couple, and very naive about what it would take to get a bun in my oven.  I had never had a regular monthly cycle, infact my “monthly cycle” would sometimes happen in six month intervals.  Before we got baby fever, this was pretty convienent.  Getting my monthly visitor every six months, meant rarely having to worry about womanly issues while on vacations or at the beach.  However once I started thinking about my fertility health, my irregular cycles went from convenient to scary.

We tried month after month with no success.  I was in my early twenties, so my primary care doctor and my gynecologist both gave me the same advise “keep trying”.  After countless months of hoping I would ovulate, trying, praying, testing, and no happy stick, we finally got a referral to see a fertility specialist.
Going through the fertility clinic process was another emotional rollercoaster, all its own.  You sit in a waiting room hoping for answers yet scared about what those answers will be, dreading the tests yet wanting the tests to be done.  Infertility is a huge ball of ups and downs, full of endless prayers for the ultimate high, two lines on a stick.
After a couple months of testing.  Ultrasounds, blood tests, exc. I finally found out that I had a tumor in my pituitary gland.  As the doctor told me this I started to freak out a bit, I have an extensive family history of cancer.  However she quickly assured me that this was a farely common problem and that they are almost always benign and that most cases are treated with medication.  I left the fertility clinic that day, extatic.  I had been given a treatable reason for why I wasn’t conceiving and couldn’t wait to start the medication to level out my hormones.  Within a few months my hormone tests were coming back normal so we started Clomid, a fertility drug to help me ovulate. 
We did two rounds of Clomid unseccusfully, and then I cracked.  I couldn’t do it anymore, the hoping, the testing, the let down.  Finally after over a year and a half I gave up.  My husband and I decided to just take a break, I started focusing on other things.  I joined a gym and lost 15 pounds, started going out and experiencing new things because my brain wasn’t consumed with trying to get pregnant.  
Three months after this new found freedom.  Freedom from calanders, peeing on sticks, and disappointment.  I was cleaning the bathroom and found a left over pregnancy test.  As I cleaned, I realized I hadn’t gotten my period in over a month and my boobs were sore.  However I hadn’t been nauseous or tired so I assumed the tender breasts were just a sign of PMS.  As the afternoon went by the left over pregnancy test kept popping in my head, I hadn’t peed on a stick in months and before that it had become an addiction so having an extra test in the house made me feel the need to take it even though every ounce of me believed there was no way I was pregnant.
My need to pee on a stick finally won and I took the test laster that afternoon.  I remember that day so vividly now.  I remember taking the test and walking away, because I just knew it would be negative.  I promised myself I wouldn’t buy anymore tests, I wouldn’t put myself through this again.  Then I walked back into the bathroom, and I almost fainted, TWO PINK LINES!
I was extatic for a few minutes, then I didn’t believe it.  Surely I had left the stick sitting for too long.  I immediately went out and bought a basket full of tests, sure that money could have bought a carseat but I just couldn’t believe it was possible that I was really pregnant after so many ups and downs.
I went home and stuck stick after stick into a little pee cup.  Plus signs, 2 lines, and pregnant appeared on all my tests.
It was the beginning of this journey of Mommyhood, that has been the best chapter of my life.
I found out the next day, I was 6 weeks pregnant.  As soon as we calmed down and relaxed, everything worked the way it was supposed to.
4 years later when we decided to try again, I left it as “it will happen when it happens”.  I assumed it would take at least a few months and prayed it wouldn’t be a year like with Anthony.  It took one month and we got 2 babies!  I didn’t stress, I made sure my body was healthy, and let nature take it course.  One month later I got a positive test and had an ultrasound tech pointing out baby A and baby B. 
Now that my family is complete, I still have friends and family members who are struggling to get pregnant.  One tip I give them is  to switch out their normal lubricant for Astroglide TTC™.  It’s a water based sperm friendly personal lubricant, perfect for making the ideal environment for sperm to swim freely while trying to get pregnant.
Astroglide TTC™ is available at most major pharmacies for a retail price of $12.99.

Astroglide TTC™ sponsored this blog post. The opinions and text are all mine

Watch Out for the 10 Perils of Summer + A Doctor on Demand Coupon Code!

*This is a sponsored post with Mums the Word Network and Doctor on Demand. All opinions are my own.*

Summer is here!  I love the summer months, we are able to get outside and explore all over the place.  This year we have plans to go camping in New Hampshire, visit the beaches in Florida, and do so much exploring in between.

With all this outdoors time it is inevitable that one of the kids will get a bug bite, step on something yucky, fall off their bike, or end up with one of the 10 perils of summer.

1.Bee Sting – Ouch! Bees, wasps, hornets and other stinging bugs are sometimes unavoidable. 

2.Sunburn  – Protect your skin from the sun, and avoid the most severe UV rays between 10am-4pm.       

3.Concussions – A concussion can result from a blow to the body or head, such as a fall from a swing set.

4.Poison Oak & Ivy – In the woods everything is green and leafy and… poisonous? Some plants really make you itch. 

5.Jellyfish – They’re not really fish, and they don’t attack. But their tentacles pack a painful and potent venom.

6.Tick bites – Lyme disease and other complications can arise from a nasty little tick bite. Ask a doctor.

7.Sunstroke – Kids and seniors are at higher risk for heat exhaustion and sunstroke. Be aware.

8.Sports Injuries – After a long winter, we’re in a rush to get outdoors. Sometimes leading to a trip and fall.    

9.Burns – Accidents can happen when we’re around campfires or BBQ grills. Get treatment right away.

10.Kids bumps and bruises – Sometimes it’s a minor scrape, but it may be a more serious bruise. Let’s have a look.

I’m a lot less nervous about all these potential accidents now that I’ve tried Doctor on Demand!  There has been so many occasions when I have sat with a kid that just got a boo boo not knowing if it really warranted a trip to emergency room and when the pediatricians office is closed trying to describe symptoms to a covering doctor over the phone isn’t always easy.  With Doctors on Demand, I am video chatting with the doctor so they can see what I see, plus I can snap pictures during the chat and send them right to the doctor.

Another great thing about Doctor on Demand is the app is its available when ever you are.  As a busy mom I often have little illnesses that I just don’t want to waist the time sitting in a doctors office for, so I put off going.  Now I can just tap my phone and the ‘waiting room” only takes a few moments.

 I used Doctor on Demand today for a rash I have on the arch of my foot.  The rash has been a nuisance but not painful or bothersome enough to schedule a doctors appointment during my busiest time of the year.  Luckily Doctor on Demand came to the rescue, I was easily able to turn on the app and connect with a doctor immediately.  I was able to send pictures to Dr. Sullivan along with video chatting so that she could get a great visual and then she called me in a prescription for an antibacterial cream and an anti itch lotion.  Both prescriptions were ready at my pharmacy within an hour, I simply ran through the pharmacy drive-thru and my rash is on its way to being healed.

 A Doctors visit at Doctor on Demand cost $40, but you can give them a try for free with coupon code EASTCOAST.

Stuff happens but Doctors on Demand is always just a few taps away, no matter where you are this summer!


5 Benefits of Swimming for Children! #FunnestSport

*This post is sponsored by Swim Today, all Opinions are 100% my own*

My family loves to swim, we are like fish all summer long.  Swimming helps the kids cool off and burn off energy over school vacation.  Plus it is a relaxing way for mommy and daddy to spend a hot summer day.
The best part is there are so many benefits that come along with swimming for children!

Here are just a few:

1) Swimming is a great cardiovascular exercise.  This is especially important in a generation where kids spend more time playing with electronics than playing sports.

2) Swimming improves balance, posture, flexibility and coordination.  This is an incredible benefit considering how low impact swimming is.

3) Learning to swim initially and then improving on the skill builds confidence and self reliance, while cultivating high self esteem.  Which are skills that can help children in all aspects of life.

4) Swimming can be an individual or team sport.  I have a child who is very outgoing and another who is extremely introverted.  I love how swimming is a sport that works so well for both personality types. 

5) It’s fun and challenging.  As soon as you get a bunch of kids in the water it seems instantaneous that the games, races, cannonballs, and laughing begins.

I can definitely vouch for these benefits.  Having children with special needs often makes the improvements from being in the water much more visible.  Aidan is instantly calmed down once he hits the water and Lilly’s strength and balance improves greatly during our swimming months.

 Now that the kids are getting older I look forward to enrolling them in our local swim team.  Swim teams are the perfect combination of fun and competition! 


Learn more about the benefits of swimming, swim teams for children, and the Funnest Sport at SwimToday.org.
 
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