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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Blood donation drops 20% during the summer. We don’t have enough As, Bs, ABs and Os. Did you know that every 2 seconds someone is need of a blood transfusion? 1 out of 7 people that enter a hospital needs a transfusion. When Maddie was born, I was almost one of them and it was really scary but made me really thankful for other people that took the time to donate. One donation can help 3 patients!
Once upon a time, long, long, long ago during David’s 2nd deployment I was a scared mom of TWO. I’d just had my 2nd C-Section and given birth to a beautiful little baby girl. Everyone was so pleased to meet this little lady. Her daddy even got the chance to call and check in on us from Afghanistan before going out on an 8-day mission. I was told I’d lost a lot of blood and may need a blood transfusion. At this point, it’s just me & this little lady & I’m trying to not panic. Everyone had left, I couldn’t call & cry to David. I was a mess. Thankfully, I ended up NOT needing the transfusion (phew) and we were fine and dandy, spent an extra day in the hospital and were good to go home. By the time I was able to talk to my husband again, the transfusion was a thing of the past & I’d already almost forgotten all about it.
You can donate every 56 days, up to 6 times a year. Take a step to donate at MissingTypeUS.org.
To this day, it makes me so thankful knowing that there were donations out there to help me in the event that I’d needed it. Blood is always in critical supply but it’s especially needed in the summer when donations typically drop about 20%. Are you a donor? Take a step to donate at MissingTypeUS.org.
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.
This is a sponsored conversation written by me on behalf of Olay. The opinions and text are all mine.
Trying to hide that you’ve looked exhausted since 2008?! Me too! Mine probably started in 2007 when I gave birth to my first child. No amount of sleep prepares you for that. But today I want to introduce you to something that will help. Olay Whips. Olay Whips is the unicorn of moisturizers. Not only does it hydrate something fierce, but it absorbs instantly into your skin meaning you can jump right into your makeup routine without having to wait around for your face to dry. It also continues to hydrate throughout the day for a dewy finish. Olay Whips leaves your skin feeling wonderfully smooth. I’m talking like velvety smooth, y’all. It’s like a no primer, primer.
I’ve been using Total Effects. It claims 7 skin benefits in one little tub: Actively replenishes nourishing moisture, evens skin tone appearance, enhances brightness, visibly smooths fine lines and wrinkles, minimizes the look of pores, restores firmness + visibly reduces dark spots. It is also formulated with VitaNiacin Complex II and Vitamins C & E to fight the early signs of aging. Winning, right there! Anti-aging anything is a win in my book. But the fact that it moisturizes as well, plus it’s totally budget friendly…. major win all around. Don’t you think? Do you currently have a favorite moisturizer and/or primer? Let me know if you’d try this & switch it up! I’m excited to hear why or why not.
You can get your Whips from Wal-Mart here #WalmartBeauty #AwardWorthyBeauty #FeelTheWhip.
It’s 2018, y’all…. It’s February…. My words (yup, wordS) for the year…. “SELF CARE” I am putting myself first. Okay, not really…but I’m moving me up on the food chain and I feel like that’s a HUGE step in itself.
There’s a moment when we realize how important self-care truly is. It is SO easy to get lost in the hustle and bustle of life, but that’s where self-care comes in. There comes this moment usually followed shortly after a breakdown (or 20) that we truly decide that it’s time to take better care of ourselves, as women, as mothers, as wives, as people. Self-care is important. You realize that going to bed a little earlier isn’t such a tragic thing. You learn that veggies and fruits are part of a well-balanced diet. You start cutting out the processed food a bit and just being more conscience overall about the stuff you’re putting in/on your body.
You skincare routine shouldn’t be any different! Take care of the outside as well as the inside. Use a cleanser that actually helps improve your skin. Let me help with that by introducing y’all to Olay Cleansing Infusions – the first cleansing solution for the face AND body. These babes work their hardest to draw out the impurities and bring in hydration for naturally glowing skin.
The facial cleansers are: Olay MicropolishingCleansing Infusion Hydrating Glow Facial Cleanser with Crushed Ginger & Citrus Extract Olay Cleansing Infusion Hydrating Glow Facial Cleanser with Deep Sea Kelp & Aloe Extract
The body cleansers are: Olay Microscrubbing Cleansing Infusion Hydrating Glow Body Wash with Crushed Ginger Olay Cleansing Infusion Hydrating Glow Body Wash with Deep Sea Kelp
These are non-stripping cleansers that contain biorenewing hydrators that improve your skin’s condition as you wash, revealing your natural glow. Crushed ginger body & facial cleansers contain exfoliators that break down as you wash, creating a micropolishing effect that reveals a smooth surface for healthy looking and feeling skin. Clinically proven to enhance skin’s radiance after just one use (as tested using Olay’s unique chromometer technology).
How awesome is that, right?!
Other ways to Glow up and make sure your skin is looking at it’s BEST – make sure you’re drinking plenty of water. H2O is a big key to hydration. Exfoliate once or twice a week. Massage your facial products in. Clean your makeup brushes. Wear sunscreen. Clean your phone! A dirty phone makes for a dirty face. Wear blush. Weird, right?! But a pop of color can make your skin look more awake. Get plenty of sleep. Take your makeup off at the end of the day. Drink your water, eat those fruits and veggies (Watermelon is my favorite go-to,), cut down on the alcohol, and just glow.
The other day David and I dropped the kids off at school and headed up to Denver to do some shopping. YAY! If you remember, I’ve lost a decent amount of weight over the last year-ish so new clothes definitely can’t hurt at this point. Have you heard of Evereve yet? Such a cute little shop!
Evereve is a retail brand founded by moms for moms. We all know the shopping struggles, with kids especially…phew. Evereve has that taken care of for you! The moms running the Evereve we went to were so stinkin’ cute and friendly.
Evereve is on a mission to inspire you to embrace your beauty and power, and to show that dressing like a mom is a really great thing.
Poor David had NO idea what to do with himself while we were there though, because when he shops with me, his main job is to hold my items, but every single time he’d have one, she’d come grab it from him to put into my dressing room. MY dressing room. She’d set it up for me, even put various sizes in there for me just in case because she knew some things ran up or ran small. They wrote my name on there, gave me feedback on every outfit I walked out in, it was just such an amazing shopping experience. It was just so much fun! I felt like such a VIP that day, and I WAS!
Keep scrolling to see which I took home! The grey sweater? The jeans? Those camo joggers?! So many great options! Sharing more on my Instagram as well.
Evereve is also offering one of you the chance to win a $500 shopping spree! Isn’t that awesome?! Follow them on Facebook. Head here for more details. Side note, I greatly regret not getting that long grey sweater. Hopefully when Evereve opens up here in Colorado Springs next month they’ll have it and I can grab it because *heart eyes*.