Save a Tampon – Put A Cup In It

#putacupinit

Join the #putacupinit movement and help save the tampons from the landfill.  The idea behind put a cup in it came from a road trip that Kim and I took last month.  While we were stopped at a rest area taking a pee break we both had very similar inspirations while in the public bathrooms.  There was a sign above the toilet that asked patrons not to flush their feminine hygiene products.  What if cup users all around the globe could help introduce menstrual cups to more people with a simple sticker? Imagine you're sitting there in the loo changing those annoying tampons or pads and you saw a sticker like the one above?  Would you get online and look it up?  Would you visit the website to see what a cup was?  Would you be intrigued enough to do a quick search right there on your cell phone? When I first heard of menstrual cups over 5 years ago, I would have told you that you were crazy and that I will NEVER EVER get a cup....ewwww!!! Now, just like the thousands of other ... [ Read More ]

Parenting Isn’t Always Easy, Neither is Marriage

#CreatingConnections

Sponsored post. Tonight I'm wiping up the tears and putting on my game face for the next seven weeks.  Last week my husband got a job offer that will require him to be out of town for the next seven weeks to train for the new position; leaving me to hold down the fort at home.  I'd like to say that I'm excited about this new job, but in reality I'm scared. His new job will require him to travel...a lot! Earlier in our marriage, I was the one who had to travel upwards of 60 days out of the year.  I look back at those years and wonder how it was so easy for him.  I don't ever remember him complaining that I had to leave, or worrying about getting our toddler off to school AND make it to work on time.  He just....managed.  Part of me really enjoyed traveling and getting to see new parts of the country; but the reality was I spent most of my time alone in airports and hotels. Right now we share most of the joys of parenting.  He's able to help get the kids to and from ... [ Read More ]

10 Simple Ways to Go Green This Earth Day (and Every Day)

10 Simple Ways to Go Green for Earth Day

This post is sponsored by Flipp App. Earth Day is April 22nd and it's a good time for us all to refocus and find new ways to be more eco-friendly.  We all live different lifestyles and have different resources available to us.  Regardless of where you are in your journey to live a greener lifestyle, remember that every little step we take adds up in big ways.  Here are just a few simple ways that you may be able to go green this Earth Day... 1. Teach Our Children to Love the Earth - the biggest gift we can give to our children is the ability to love and respect the natural environment. Let your children help you recycle.  Give them a small section of the garden to care for.  Teach our children that the future of this planet depends on how well we care for it. 2. Buy Less - What items have you purchased recently that you could have lived without?  That new purse?  That new Lilly Pulitzer outfit from Target?  That extra cloth diaper in the newest print?  Think before you ... [ Read More ]

Working through mom guilt…

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It happened, my six year old told me something brutally honest this morning. "Mommy, put your phone down! You're always playing on it. Won't you play with me instead."   (silence - let that soak in)   ...I immediately set the phone down and finished helping her get ready for school.  I made a conscious effort to not pick up my phone for the rest of the morning.  I dropped the kids off at school, came home and went to work, but those words stuck with me ALL day! Am I really on my phone THAT much? Clearly, if a six year old thinks I'm on my phone too much then it's got to be true. Here's the thing though, I have made an effort for the past year to be more present in my kids lives.  Not that I'm a absent mom (absent minded maybe, but not absent), but it's so easy to focus too much effort on the wrong things.  I've made an effort to leave my phone on my desk when the kids are home from school in the afternoon, during dinner, and while they get ready for bed. ... [ Read More ]

A Much Needed Blog Break

Confession: My last blog post was almost one month ago! I've been blogging now for going on 8 years and sometimes I just don't have the time to blog. I have a ton of great blog posts (and a few sponsored posts) that I could write, but after I've worked online all day in social media the last thing I want to do is blog. I promise I'll find my blogging mojo again soon and bring you some fun new content!! You'll be here when I get back, right?? Want to follow little glimpses in my daily life?  Be sure to "Like" and "Follow" me on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram. ... [ Read More ]

Valspar Championship Fun Facts and Tips 2015

Valspar Championship Tips

It's a gorgeous day in Palm Harbor and the first day of the Valspar Championship at Innisbrook.  Even if you're not a golf enthusiast, I would recommend picking up a few tickets and spending a few hours on the course this week.  Tickets are $40 and kids get in free! It's a great way to spend a sunny afternoon in Florida.  Before you go, here are just a few things you need to know: Get your tickets here! Valspar Championship Tickets Kids 15 and under get in free with an adult! Park at St. Pete College, Tarpon Campus on Belcher and Klosterman. Parking is $10. Leave your backpacks, large bags, cameras, and coolers at home. Read up on the security guidelines before you go! Wear comfy shoes! You'll be walking, a lot!! Dress colorfully! You may be spotted by a Valspar Color Scout and win some fun prizes! Find a "Shot Spot", take a picture or selfie and share it with #valsparchampionship to win even more prizes! Don't forget to visit the Snake Pit! Take the kids to the ... [ Read More ]

Sunsets in Winter

Sunset in Florida

The weather is warm this week in Florida and I decided that tonight we were going to watch the sunset on the beach.  We don't typically go out on school nights, but we were passing by the beach and I had to stop.  The ocean was calling my name. I needed to fill my soul with sunshine, sand, and salt air. Children were barefoot, rocks were tossed, sand was thrown in the air. I'll find the remnants of the trip for weeks to come in the bottom of my purse and on the floorboards of my Jeep.  Children giggled and dug holes in the sand.  They got dirty. The rays of the sun peeked through the clouds and glistened the ocean below. Strands of hair glimmered. Memories were made. Bedtimes were delayed. Dinner was quick and not very healthy. The ocean shimmered and waited anxiously for one final kiss from the sun. As the sun and the ocean became one, the clouds were tinted with every color of the rainbow. The day was done. Location: Honeymoon Island, Dunedin, FL About the photos above: ... [ Read More ]

Menstrual Cup 101 – From Tampon to Menstrual Cup

From Tampon to Menstrual Cup

This post is sponsored by Sckoon Menstrual Cups. Have you heard about menstrual cups before? I'm sure you're intrigued since you're reading this and wondering how they differ from tampons and sanitary pads. I promise, this is not a "hippie thing" and all women should at least consider making the switch from disposable tampons and pads to reusable menstrual cups.   Everything you need to know about making the switch from tampons to menstrual cups. 1. Did you know that tampons actually dry out your vagina? Your body is always working and your vagina is always producing fluids to help maintain a perfect balance.  Tampons are meant to absorb but they absorb everything, blood and natural fluids.  Menstrual cups are made of medical grade silicone and do not absorb your natural body fluids, instead they collect the blood flow. 2. Did you know that tampons contain hazardous ingredients? Tampons contain dioxins, pesticide residuals, and other chemicals that can contribute to ... [ Read More ]

20 Creative Discipline & Punishment Ideas for School Age Children

20 Creative Discipline & Punishment Ideas for School Age Children

Today was one of those days as a parent that I had to improvise and come up with a new plan. Late last week I had to take away some of my oldest's privileges due to some missing grades.  I took away the typical things; television, video games, electronics, etc.  The only problem with these punishments is that I'm also punished because now I have to find a way to entertain him because he's bored.  I know I'm not alone, we've all been there with our kids at different stages in their lives.  My goal today was to find that balance so that I could get some of my weekend chores done and he would not be bored. In a moment of venting I posed the following question to some of my Facebook friends, "I need a list of creative punishments that don't punish the parent! Taking away TV, computer, etc just isn't cutting it! I'm the only one that suffers." By the time I had asked this, both kids were being punished.  Don't you love it how the one child in trouble finds a way to antagonize the ... [ Read More ]

Is Your Home Worry-Free?

Florida Fire Safety Tip

This post is sponsored by Kidde Worry-Free Alarms. Florida residents can enter to win 1 Kidde Worry-Free Smoke Alarm to comply with new state regulations for fire safety; enter at the bottom of this post.  The state of Florida passed a new law (reference: Fire Safety Laws by State) Jan. 1, 2015 that says any newly installed or replacement smoke alarms must be powered by a sealed-in 10 year battery.  That means if you are completing a minor level one alterations to your home or if you’re replacing an old battery-powered smoke alarm, that you need to install a sealed-battery alarm. Our home was built in the 80's and only has 1 old-fashioned smoke alarm in the hallway.  It still works and we will continue to replace the battery in that one six months when it chirps at us in the middle of the night.  We have decided though to update our smoke alarms and add a few extra.  Why? Do you know how many smoke alarms are recommended for your home?  According to Kidde and the National ... [ Read More ]