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This Mom Loves Amwell ~ Great Healthcare on the Go for my Busy Family! + Coupon Code

This is a sponsored post with Mums the Word Network and Amwell. All opinions are my own.
I am currently running around like a crazy woman getting ready for a family vacation to Brazil.  Wouldn’t you know that right in the middle of my busiest time of year, between work, kids home from school, and getting ready, This mom got sick!
Between finding a babysitter and finding the time, I haven’t been able to get to my primary care doctors office.  Fortunately Amwell has come to my rescue!
I was able to see a doctor from the comfort of my desk chair while my kids were eating breakfast in their jammies.  No babysitter, no drive to the doctors office, no waiting rooms!
Amwell is available in the app store so that you can see a doctor on the go and also on the computer for days when your home.

Besides the convienence of seeing a doctor from home, I also love how you can pull up your health record whenever you want.
I will simply print out any information I want to bring with me to my next pcp appointment.
I am now feeling better thanks to Amwell, a couple days on antibiotics and I’m back at full speed.  Which is very important considering we head off to Brazil in less than 48 hours.
I will be using this service a lot in the future.  My family travels all the time, so this will be a great solution for us when we are out exploring the world!  No more late night stressful calls to an on call doctor while I’m halfway across the country.
Make sure you check out amwell the next time you need to see a doctor quickly and easily!  Use promo code: LOVEAMWELL40 to save $40 on your next visit!

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 Tips to Help You Get a Great Night Sleep and a Luxurious Memory Foam Mattress by Nodical Giveaway! #NodicalBed #SleepisComing

*This is a sponsored post with Nodical Bed and New Thought Marketing. All opinions are my own*
I remember back before I became a mom being able to fall asleep as soon as my head hit the pillow.  I could stay asleep all night and woke up refreshed and ready for the day.  Now that I’m in my thirties, a mom of 3, and what feels like the weight of the world on my shoulders, I long for those fully restful nights.
Now a days, I crash into bed after getting my little ones their fifth cup of water, trying to clean up for the morning, and making sure all the doors are locked and the dogs set for the night.  As my head hits the pillow I think about how exhausted I am and assume that surely I will be snoring in minutes.  However without fail, I start thinking of the next days errands, what I didn’t get done on todays to-do list, and every remotely possible thing I should be worried about concerning my kids.
Then once I fall asleep, I toss and turn, or am woken up by tiny bladders that need to pee or little belly aches.  This is the life of a mommy I guess, because I see all my fellow dark under eye circled mommy friends yawning at the playground. 
However there are a few things us mom’s can do to help us get a more restful nights sleep.
1.  Try to stick to a scheduled bedtime.  Bedtimes are not just for the kids, maintaining a routine with the same sleep and wake times will help train your body to fall asleep and stay asleep.  I began setting an alarm on my phone an hour before I need to go to sleep to help remind me that its time to wind down.  Otherwise I could easily get sucked into Pinterest world or a project and suddenly realize I wanted to be asleep hours ago.

2.  Watch what you eat and drink at night.  Stay away from caffeine and large meals that will increase your energy level and cause havoc on your sleep schedule.
3.  Get some exercise and fresh air during the day.  I’ve started walking outside for about an hour a day.  It was a war in my mind for weeks because I felt I should be doing so many other things besides walking around the neighborhood.  However now that I’ve been doing it for a few weeks, I can see how much it has not only decreased my stress, and helped the number on the scale slowly creep down, but also my sleep has greatly improved.
4.  Turn off your electronics and dim the lights an hour before bed.  This was the hardest routine change for me.  I’m used to laying in bed with the TV on and phone in hand.  However I have changed my routine, now when my alarm goes off for bedtime, I set my notifications on silent and turn the TV off.  Then I take a shower, get into comfy jammies, read or write, and try to veg out electronic free for a little while.  It really does help slow me down.
5.  Make your bedroom a sanctuary with a comfortable mattress.  Make sure your decorations and bedding are calming to you, and your bedroom is a place you want to be.  Try not to work where you sleep, make your bedroom a place of relaxation.
Most importantly make sure you have a mattress that you love!  You can follow every sleep rule there is, but if your mattress isn’t comfortable, you’ll never get a great night sleep.
Say “bye bye” to your old mattress and “hello” to the best sleep of your life with the new luxurious memory foam mattresses available from Nodical!
Nordical has a new Luxurious Memory Foam Mattress that is made entirely in the USA!  The Foam comes from Georgia and the high quality knit cover comes from South Carolina.
Nordical also understands that a one size fits all approach doesn’t work with different sleeping patterns, so they developed 3 different mattress types.
Now you can choose the mattress that fits your lifestyle!
Nordical’s memory foam is latex free and made from plant based oils and minerals.  Plus the mattress covers unzip and remove easily for washing if needed.
To top it off, Nordical offers a 100% satisfaction Garentee!  Sleep on your new mattress for 100 nights, and if you don’t like it, they’ll come pick it up and give you a full refund.
Are you excited about the new Nordical Memory Foam Matresses? 
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Get ready for Cold and Flu Season with a Sick Basket! #ReliefIsHere

*This is a sponsored post for SheSpeaks/P&G, All opinions are 100% my own*
Cold and Flu Season is upon us and the worst feeling is waking up sick and realizing you don’t have any medicine and supplies on hand! 
A mom friend of mine once told me about her “Sick Basket” and we have created one in our house every year sense!  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 Walmart, so it is easy and affordable to restock as 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) Movies, My iPad aka Netflix is a saving grace when some one is sick.  The kids can watch their movies or I can catch up on all the TV shows I only get to watch when I’m sick.
4) Lysol and Paper Towels, with a house hold of 5 the germs get passed along quickly.  I like to spray down remotes, door knobs and everything else that we touch often.
5) Chap Stick, 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) Antibacterial Hand Wipes also help clean up hands and small things 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 loose thermometers all over the house which made for 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 are sick we like to use DayQuil and Nyquil for relief.
Maximum symptom-fighting ingredients to relieve your worst cold and flu symptoms.
Maximum strength nighttime cold and flu relief, so you can take back your night.
The powerful NyQuil relief you trust now with a decongestant.
Available in caplets or liquid.
Temporarily relieves common cold/flu symptoms including:
Nasal congestion
Sinus congestion and pressure
Cough due to minor throat and bronchial irritation
Cough to help you sleep
Minor aches and pains
Sore throat
Runny nose and sneezing
Reduces swelling of nasal passages
Temporarily restores freer breathing through the nose
Promotes nasal and/or sinus drainage
Maximum symptom-fighting ingredients to relieve your worst cold and flu symptoms.
Maximum strength nondrowsy cold and flu relief so you can tackle your to-do list.
Available in caplets or liquid.
Temporarily relieves common cold/flu symptoms:
Nasal congestion
Sinus congestion and pressure
Cough due to minor throat and bronchial irritation
Minor aches and pains
Sore throat
Reduces swelling of nasal passages
Temporarily restores freer breathing through the nose
Promotes nasal and/or sinus drainage
Helps loosen phlegm (mucus) and thin bronchial secretions to rid the bronchial passageways of bothersome mucus and make coughs more productive
As a Mommy, my job doesn’t get put on hold when I get sick so staying on top of my cold or flu symptoms with DayQuil and NyQuil keeps my household functioning and my kids happy even when I’m not feeling a hundred percent!

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Thanks for the Lesson 2013 ~ 2014 Bring It!

As 2013 comes to a close, I can’t help but look back at all the laughs, all the tears, and most important all the lessons I have learned.
This has been a year full of the highest of highs and the lowest of lows.  So to recap my year I’ll start off with the happiest times!

Brazil Trip 2013!
The hubby had to go down to Brazil for business purposes and so on a whim, we moved our vacation we were thinking about for the winter of 2014 and went as a family in the spring of 2013!  We stayed for a month, enjoyed the beaches, shopping, and food.  Took time to relax on the family farm, enjoyed the crowds in Rio at the Cristo Redentor Statue, and reconnected with family and friends we had greatly missed.
Who doesn’t like Camping on the 4th of July?
We took our usual family camping trip over 4th of July weekend to the campground we used to go to for years when all us cousins were little, Pine Acres.  Most of my fondest memories of summer have always revolved around these summer camping trips.  S’mores, swimming, fishing, dancing, and laughing around a fire till security came.


I turned 30!
Really, like yikes! I don’t feel 30 at all but man I guess I’m all grown up now.  I got to celebrate with a bunch of my family up at Old Orchard Beach for the weekend and it was a blast.
Anthony got to see New York City!
After asking, and asking, and well asking some more, we finally cracked and took the drive down to NYC.  We spent a couple of nights and saw some of the main attractions that were on his list. It was a bit stressful with Aidan and the busy city but in the end, we went home with a very happy boy.
Finally got to see the South!
We made it down to South Carolina to see my brother, this was Antonio’s 10 year wedding Anniversary gift to me, and my amazing man knew exactly what I needed most a mini vacation, awesome, but seeing my brother, the best!  He had moved down there in the Spring and I was devastated that he wasn’t a short ride away anymore so this was a perfect surprise.
We had a Blizzard that gave us snow totals higher than the kids, we finished potty training both twins, We had an awesome Easter egg hunt, Had lots of summer cookouts and Pool fun.
Then to wrap up the year we did all the Fall favorites, apple picking, pumpkin picking, and many farm visits.  Then Christmas brought another visit with my brother and lots of family time.  Looking back, focusing on the good, I must say it was a pretty amazing year and God blessed us in so many ways!
However in the midst of all the fun times, between the vacations and the parties, between the laughing and memories, my family was falling apart.  Or at least what I once thought of to be “family”.
Fight after fight, the drama seemed to just keep making circles throughout the year.  There has been lies and rumors started but some cant see through the dysfunction to understand it.  There have been tears and screaming, name calling and backstabbing.  Yet through it all my loyalty never shook.  I am loyal to a fault (I guess its the Italian in me, or so I’ve heard).  I couldn’t let go of these people I loved, these people I’d lay down my life for, the ones I always thought would be there no matter what.
Unfortunately, I had to learn the hardest lesson yet.
~Family isn’t always… Family~
I can forgive so much and have but when my position in the family was called into question, I learned I had to just let go.  Some words can never be erased, they can be forgiven in time, but never forgotten.  Some words can be spoken in the heat of a fight and destroy an entire family, making the most loyal of the bunch turn and walk away with the knife still in her back.
So when the mention of me not being a “real” family member started, that was what I had to do, with tears in my eyes and the knife in my back, I walked away.
My Dad has been my Dad since I was in diapers, I never felt the need to doubt his love for me, he chose to take the place he has in my life and that’s something that wouldn’t need to be questioned.  Especially by the people who I called my own,  but when a family cant see through their own dysfunction to understand a love that’s not obligated, my Dad and I did the only thing we could think of to stop any doubt and at 30 years old, after the diapers were changed, the stories read, the walk down the aisle, and the grandbabies came, I was officially adopted.
I gained a piece of paper that never really mattered, and lost the “family” I always thought did.
This year I learned so much!
I learned those things your parents tell you when you are growing up, but you shrug off, there true.
I learned to guard my heart and to be loyal based on actions not on position.
I learned I am stronger than I ever imagined.
I learned my heart will always heal with Gods help.
I learned sometimes moving on is harder than fighting.
I learned all I need in this world is God and my Babies.
I learned this to shall pass and I will be OK,

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