Liza

May 212015
 

Thank you to Orajel™ Kids for giving me the opportunity to share ways to make tooth brushing for preschoolers more fun.

Some of the first words out of my daughter’s mouth each morning upon waking is “Can I brush my teeth now?”.  There was a time when she wanted nothing to do with brushing her teeth or to even let me do it for her, so it makes this mama happy that she is finally enjoying it and actually wants to brush.

Making Tooth Brushing for Preschoolers Fun

If you’re looking for ways to make tooth brushing for preschoolers more fun, here are a few suggestions. Continue reading »

May 202015
 

This shop and my DIY menu board have been compensated by Collective Bias, Inc. and its advertiser. All opinions are mine alone. #V8EnergyBoost #CollectiveBias

The past few days have been a little hectic.  Between visitors, work, the rainy weather, groundskeeping, cooking, cleaning, and scheduling a family night out to the movies, my head has been spinning just a tiny bit.  I don’t know that we are any “busier” now than when Bubbles was a baby, but it’s a different kind of busy that takes a little more planning.

Make your days less hectic with an easy DIY Menu Board for family meal planning

The older Bubbles gets, the more hectic I know it will get, too.  We’re already looking into some tumbling classes or a soccer league for her and those practices have to be accounted for in our daily ebb and flow.  I can tell that to keep up, I’m going to need two things: a lot more energy and a better scheduling system. Continue reading »

May 182015
 

Thank you to Dr Pepper Snapple & The Motherhood for sponsoring this post on balance.

This year I’ve been trying to share with you tips and suggestions for finding balance, whether it’s through food choices, fitness, enjoying family time, or even carving out a little me time.  So when the folks at the Dr. Pepper Snapple Group (DPS) asked if I’d sit in on a conference call to talk about balance, I had to say yes.

Let's Play Initiative from Dr Pepper Snapple Group - helping to build playgrounds and provide sporting equipment in partnership with KaBOOM! and Good Sports

DPS believes that healthy lives depend on balance, including balancing the calories you take in with the calories you expend.  Through innovation, R&D, and corporate social responsibility programs, they’re making a commitment to help make that balance easier to achieve. Continue reading »

May 142015
 

Thank you to Chex for sending supplies and goodies for these Chex Mix muddy buddies recipes.

Next week my SIL and brother go to see if they can find out the gender of their baby.  I’m looking forward to knowing if it’s a boy or a girl so that I can start shopping for adorable baby clothes!  It also makes planning for a baby shower a little easier, if you’d like to decorate based on the gender.

"It's a Girl!" & "It's a Boy!" Baby Shower Muddy Buddies Recipes

Muddy Buddies has always been a hit at any of the parties I’ve been to, and when you mix in pink or blue candies, it also makes a great snack for a baby shower.  Fill cupcake liners and use them as a place setting at the guest tables, or place bowls filled with it on the food or dessert tables. Continue reading »

May 122015
 

This post and gum health tips are brought to you by Sverve. All opinions and words are my own.

Recently I read a startling statistic: about half of Americans age 30 and older have gum disease.  Considering that gum health plays an important role in your overall health, that’s kind of a scary number.  Gum disease has been associated with a higher risk of cardiovascular disease, stroke, and diabetes, as well as having a low-weight baby or premature birth.  And if you already have any of those conditions, it can make it harder to control the disease.

The ABCs of Gum Health

With Ashley being Type 1 the word diabetes always grabs my attention when I’m reading.  And now that Sam & Abby (as well as two other cousins that recently announced) are pregnant, anything pregnancy-related tends to catch my eye, too, so this is something that really stood out to me. Continue reading »