This post is sponsored by Red Baron but the content and opinions expressed here are my own.
Good morning, friends. I come to you on this our 203958249674235th day of summer. I’m sitting at my computer, drinking my umpteenth cup of coffee (that’s already been reheated because summer) and I thought I’d pop in and share some of my favorite “survival” tips for summer break. *wink*
Tip #1 Send the kids outside to play. Trust me when I say that BOREDOM IS GOOD FOR THEM! I’ll repeat it. . . . BOREDOM IS GOOD FOR KIDS! Kids NEED to be bored so that they can grow from it. Imaginations come out during “boredom”. Encourage your kiddos to be bored, to find something to do, to put the technology down, to play outside. I watched my younger two play with beanie boo stuffed animals in our wheelbarrow for almost an hour. Two stuffed animals and a wheelbarrow, y’all. That’s it. An HOUR of play!
Tip #2 As long as they’re fed, you’re good. Listen… summertime is a strugglebus. We all know that. Some days are glorious and some just are NOT. Invest in frozen pizza. Red Baron is my go-to. It’s budget friendly, doesn’t taste like cardboard (you guys know the frozen pizza struggles, right?!). There have been so many days that I’ve forgotten about lunch. Thank goodness for the Red Baron stock pile I keep on hand now! They’ve been such a life-saver! And the kids just gobble them right up!
Tip #3 Tell that “Mom guilt” to jog off. I know you’ve probably seen the quotes about how you only get 18 summers with your kids and while that’s true-ish and kind of bittersweet, that does not under any circumstances mean that you need to feel mom guilt for anything they eat, how long they sleep, how much coffee you drink, how long they game for…. let that shit go, people! Summer breaks are just that…. summer break. And that means some days are adventurous and amazing. That also means that some just flat out fly by and it’s bedtime before you know where the day went. And some just flat out rub your wrong and you’re a grumpy pants all day. ALL OKAY! Be real. Don’t try to be the perfect Pinterest mom, you’ll just exhaust yourself and that’s no good for anyone.
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This is a sponsored conversation written by me on behalf of Olay. The opinions and text are all mine.
What’s your SPF style? Are you a daily wearer? A beach-day-only kind of girl? What? Be honest with me. I used to be a “only when actively outside” kind of SPF wearer, but then we moved to Colorado. Now everything we do is outdoorsy and SPF is my best friend. I am basically obsessing over Olay Whips with SPF 25.
Olay Whips often gets refered to as the “Unicorn of Moisturizers” but now it’s time to meet its SPF sister! Unlike other sunscrens, Whips with SPF has Active Rush Technology which holds and releases 1000x its weight in hydration, meaning it instantly absorbs into your skin. It feels light and moisturizing. You almost won’t even believe that its got SPF in it, it blends so beautifully with all skin tones and doesn’t leave any sticky feeling behind. Woo!
This multitasking bad boy contains SEVEN benefits in one! It’s jam packed full of viatmins, leaving your skin looking healthy, fast!
Adding this into my everyday routine has been a total no-brainer. It’s great for my skin, provides me some sun protection and it’s pretty budget friendly! Winning! Are you loving Olay Whips as much as I am? I grabbed mine from Walmart. You can grab yours there too or head here and grab it online.
This post is sponsored by Activia but the content and opinions expressed here are my own.
If you’ve followed this blog for a while now, you know that my husband and I have been on a bit of a health kick. I don’t think “kick” is the proper word for it really, but we’ve definitely made healthier choices over the last year + for our family. Especially after the medical retirement and the medication that bumped David’s weight up higher than he’d ever seen it. Jumping on this 2 week Activia challenge was a no brainer for the both of us. (And there is a coupon for YOU when you click that link)
I am not the biggest fan of yogurt, but these daily probiotic drinks are quickly becomming an obsession of mine. They’re perfect for those grab & go mornings. I can drink one with my coffee, or in the car on the way to the zoo, or while walking to the local library. SO convienent. One of our biggest struggles with our healthy journey has simply been convienence. Sometimes it is just easier to grab fast food on our way out the door, or grab something quicker to eat. These have seriously helped with that problem! A banana & a daily drink and good to go! I love them. They’re such a little game changer.
It is so common to overlook the link between our gut and our brains, but the gut actually contains 10 times more health-determining bacteria than the rest of the body – protecting us from infection and illnesses. Introducing Activia Dailies. Now there’s a quick, easy and tasty way to enjoy your daily probiotics. A quick low fat yogurt drink packed with Activia’s billions of live and active probiotics!
“Be the change you wish to see” is the age old saying, but when we want to change our health and fitness habits, often times it can feel like our goals are unachievable. From handling mom duties to a full-time career, the hours or minutes in a day can quickly slip away, making it oh so easy to lose track of our goals. I grabbed mine from my local Walmart and I have a coupon code for you! Head here to get an ibotta rebate —> Activia Challenge
You should have seen me and my “I don’t need a cart” pride trying to carry these around the store. HAHA! Just opt for the cart or basket, people. Don’t be “proud” like me. haha. Again, head here to grab your coupons and learn more about Activia.
School pictures came home the other day…. like a whole package of them and they’re like “Buy em or send em back to the school” and the very idea of them just getting thrown away was almost enough to make me drop the $9583763 on em (no) but instead, I snapped pics of em and sent them right back to school annoyed at the very waste of all of those photos. But, you guys…. Look at my babies! *insert all the heart eyes here* They’re getting so big and I swear they just get more beautiful every day. Is that weird to say about little boys?! I don’t think so. They are beautiful. I made them. I grew them. I’ve managed to keep them alive. (with the help of David of course, but it’s MY blog so he gets left out a lot. haha). I actually prefer my own pics of Fin though becase those freckles melt me, you guys. See here.
Otherwise here’s a fresh look at me. Haha. It only made sense to include one of myself (there’s an updated David pic below too). It’s been a while since I shared a post here. If you follow me on Instagram or my blog’s Facebook page (ambernmccain is me across all social media), you’ll see more pics there. I just forget to come here and ramble sometimes. I guess it’s just easier to share my quick post on Instagram stories or something instead of sitting down to type up a post. I know that sounds silly, but hey…
In other news, my baby boy lost a tooth. My tiny Owen isn’t so tiny anymore, you guys and man… my heart hurts. I’m so proud of the person he’s becomming, but this little milestone really just hit me hard. He’s growing up. It’s just weird knowing that he’s our last baby and there’s just no stopping him now…
But it’s hard to be sad when he RUNS out to greet you yelling, “MOM!!! DADDY!!!! I LOST MY TOOTH” and was just beaming ear to ear with excitement. The tooth fairy in our house brings a gift for their first tooth. He scored a LEGO Pokeball complete with a Pokemon inside. He’s pretty pleased.
David and I squeezed in a zoo trip sans kiddos the other day… mostly to enjoy the sort of warm weather and not be cooped up in the house, but we managed to grab a selfie with a tiger so that’s pretty cool.
That’s my ramble. I hope things are great for you guys! <3
Seriously, if you have kids… you need to go to Target (as if you even needed a Target run excuse *wink*) and grab some of these! They’re great for hands and/or face! They come in 3 packages: Gentle, Sensitive, and Germ Removal. With three kids still at home, you can bet your butt we go through so many wipes, tissues, paper towels, etc etc on repeat. These won’t break the bank, they’re totally budget friendly at only $1.49 each. You can totally order em online as well. Grab your Kleenex Wet Wipes here.
Jam hands are a real thing…. my oldest is almost 11 and he’s my messiest eater. He comes home with mustard stains on him and if sandwiches were made for lunch, I always know which one to call to clean up his mess. Haha.
Maddie is my neat freak. She likes everything arranged a certain way and gets really annoyed if you mess with it, move it around. She likes things neat and tidy, so I keep the germ removal wipes on hand specifically for her.
Then there’s Owen… this kid is just an all around mess. We keep a pack of wipes in the car at all times specifically for this kid’s face! I don’t know how he does it, but he constantly has stuff all over that face. He’s always been my messy faced kiddo… but man, we’ve reached new levels now that he’s a full time kindergartener. Markers, paint, snacks, juice, food, you name it… he’s wearing it on his face.
“This wipe smells goooooood, Mom!!!” – Owen, age 6. “Okay, buddy…..whatever you say” -Mom, age 32.
Know that you know and have met my top three wipe carrying reasons, tell me about yours?!
They’re also great for our Colorado adventures – hiking, camping, snowboarding, even just park trips… they get tossed into a bag and even though everyone insists we don’t need them, we always end up using them. ALWAYS. I will never not carry wipes. They’re just HANDY!
You can find em in the Kleenex aisle, or pretend you didn’t read that part if you just need a good wander around Target.