When Your Kid's Cold Gets Real

Tuesday, February 14, 2017

Disclosure: This post has been sponsored by Pfizer Consumer Healthcare and 20th Century Fox. All thoughts and reviews are my own.

Flu season has been rough for my family. It hit early and man, did it hit hard. While the girls have taken the brunt of it all, Cohen seemed to skate on by...until recently.

Last week he woke up grumpy and whiny. While this isn't too uncommon, it just seemed out of the normal grumpy and whiny. (Believe me, that is possible.) By the time I picked him up from school his cheeks were red and he was complaining of a headache.  I could tell just by looking at him that he didn't feel well and he immediately fell asleep as soon as we got home from school. Luckily it was a Friday afternoon so I knew we'd have the entire weekend to recover - and boy did we need it!

As soon as Kurtis got home, I headed to Target (because let's be honest, where else would I go) to stock up on the essentials. I needed to get this kid some relief and get it fast! Now that Cohen is six, I can offer him different medicines that are targeted to specifically ease his cold symptoms. Immediately I grabbed Children’s Dimetapp® Cold & Cough to tackle his stuffy and runny nose and relieve his cough. This stuff brings me back to my childhood when my mom would offer my sister and I both Children’s Dimetapp® when we were sick. The grape flavor was always a favorite of mine so I knew Cohen wouldn't mind it either. Plus Target has a Cartwheel coupon for it too and I can't resist a good Cartwheel deal! I also noticed Children's Robitussin® DM Day/Night Pack (Children’s Robitussin® Cough & Chest Congestion and Children’s Robitussin® Nighttime Cough for ages 6+)  had a great Cartwheel coupon too.  This non-drowsy daytime formula helps break up chest congestion, while the long-acting nighttime formula relieves coughs and runny noses to help kids get the rest they need. If you need to stock up on Children's Advil® (ages 2-11) to ease those aches, pains and fevers, the Cartwheel coupon is going on for this medicine too! If you don't Cartwheel, now is your time to download the app and start saving - it won't disappoint.

Considering he didn't feel well, I decided to grab a movie to make it a night of cuddles together because we all know there's something magical about Mama's snuggles when you don't feel well. With baseball season just around the corner, I knew he'd be excited about The Sandlot. This movie is an all-time favorite classic. One of my favorite movie quotes is, "You're killing me, Smalls!" Plus you got to love the story line. You know, Scotty Smalls, the shy new kid on the block who wants to join the rowdy pickup baseball team that plays every day in the neighborhood sandlot. And the summer passes blissfully as Scotty learns to play ball under the wing of Benny Rodriguez, Ham, Squints, Repeat and the rest of the kid-eccentrics. But then Benny literally knocks the stuffing out of the team's only baseball, a sign of impending doom, or worse, bad luck. So Scotty wants to set things right and returns home and "borrows" his stepfather's ball. But of course he promptly hits his first home run, knocking the ball clear out of the sandlot into mean old Mr. Mertle's junkyard, home to Mertle's legendary guard dog The Beast. If you haven't seen Sandlot in your lifetime, you are totally missing out.

After a low-key weekend with lots of naps, snuggles, movies and Children’s Dimetapp® Cold & Cough, Cohen was finally feeling better by Sunday afternoon. Just one more reason to despise the winter - FLU SEASON. I'm dying for some warm weather so I can open up my windows and air this house out!

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Interactive Healthcare Education with UnitedHealthcare

Sunday, February 5, 2017

This year has been a doozy when it comes to family illness - upper respiratory infections, ear infections and even a set of tubes. But with one in school and two in daycare, one has to expect that. My pediatrician's office has officially become our home away from home, or least it sure feels like that. But our family is fortunate to have good insurance that offers us the best coverage when these pesky illnesses pop up. I remember when I was first out of college, the only insurance I had covered catastrophic events. When I landed my first job as a teacher, I quickly set up a meeting with our district's provide, UnitedHealthcare , to learn about their options and what they were going to offer me.

One of the things I love about UnitedHealthcare are all of the online resources they offer you to help you ensure you can find a option that fits your lifestyle. Their website is super easy to use and offers plenty of options to browse and check out. This would have been an extremely helpful resource that I could have used when looking for insurance policies.

I spent some time reading about different policies and exploring the options they offered. Honestly, I never realized how important it was to understand the nuts and bolts about your health insurance. But I should have known better because it is so important, and it's important to get your information from reliable sources that you can trust.

UnitedHealthcare has created a way to make learning about health insurance fun and engaging with three new interactive games. These games are meant to help you find the coverage you are looking for by putting a fun twist on your search!

Perfect Match is like a memory game, having you match the definitions with the health care vocabulary.

Look and Learn shows you a brief video and then at the end you answer a quick and easy question.

Health Facts is just three simple questions that you answer about your health care plan.

And the best part about playing these games? After each game you have the chance to fill out an entry form to win a $500 monthly prize and a $100 weekly prize just for answering questions about your healthcare options! You had me sold at prize money!

Maybe you have questions about your insurance options or maybe you are in the market to switch companies, either way I highly recommend UnitedHealthcare® to help you make these important decisions!

Three Beauty Tips to Kick Those Winter Blues

Thursday, February 2, 2017

Disclosure: This post has been sponsored by Pfizer Consumer Healthcare.

I've never been a cold weather person, which is ironic considering I live in the Midwest. I loathe all things about winter include the freezing temperatures, trying to get my kids in and out of their cars seats with their coats on to the car but off the second we get into the car seat because you know, safety, and most annoyingly, static electricity. But apparently my skin and especially my lips also hate the weather too. However, I have added three steps to my beauty regime to help ease the pain of my winter skin issues!

1. Hydrate
When I haven't been drinking enough water, my body is quick to remind me. My skin will start to feel itchy and tight while my lips get super dry in the corners. Invest in a quality water bottle and set a daily goal to keep yourself accountable for your own H2O game. I try to drink at least 90z of water a day which sounds like a lot but you'd be surprised! My water bottle with a straw has been a game changer for me because I find that I drink way more water when I have a straw than when I don't.

ChapStick® Total Hydration products are also my go-to products when it comes to hydrating my dry lips. Last week when I was in Target, I was sure to stock up on a few of my favorite products to help me survive the rest of this winter. One of my favorites,  ChapStick® Total Hydration 3in1, is a Korean-inspired, 3-in-1 formula that provides triple action lip care in one lip balm. It moisturizes, renews and transforms lips to provide smoother, healthier looking lips. The triple action renewal formula contains unique ingredients like Madecassoside and botanical oils. Total Hydration 3in1 is available in five flavors – Coconut Hydration, Soothing Oasis, Sweet Peach, Wild Acai Berry and new Cooling Peppermint. 

I also love ChapStick® Total Hydration 100% Natural is an age defying formula with 100% naturally sourced ingredients like Argan Oil, Omegas 6 & 9 and Avocado Butters. It is clinically proven to provide healthier looking and more youthful looking lips and I love they way they feel after using this stuff! Total Hydration 100% Natural is available in three flavors – Fresh Citrus, Soothing Vanilla and new Honey Blossom.

2. Exfoliate
I have two different face washes - one for the morning and one for night. Besides the dry, winter skin, think of everything that your face, skin and lips comes in contact with on a daily basis. When I think of my day the things that pop into my mind include sweat, school grime, kid sneezes and thousands of germs that have manifested on my phone throughout the age of time. Super disgusting, right? That's why I make sure to scrub it all away before I go to bed. I only exfoliate once a day because I find that if I do it too much, my skin starts to get overly dry which defeats the purpose in the first place.

Recently I have started using ChapStick® Total Hydration Conditioning Lip Scrub a few times a week too. This stuff is amazing! It is a lip scrub that gently exfoliates and conditions leaving your lips feeling silky, soft and smooth. ChapStick® Total Hydration Conditioning Lip Scrub is formulated with naturally sourced ingredients, including Sugar Crystals, Maracuja and Coconut Oil, Shea Butter and Vitamin E and features a refreshing Fresh Peppermint flavor. All you do is massage a small amount onto wet lips in a circular motion then rinse or wipe off with a damp cloth. After exfoliating, seal in moisture by applying a ChapStick® Total Hydration lip balm as a finishing touch. My lips feel so good after I use this lip scrub.

3. Moisturize
Dry lips and skin are one of my major annoyances of the winter. Some days I'm an itchy mess while the next day my face is more oily. Personally, it's all about finding a balance with your skin type. I have a mixture that I use in the morning with a tinted moisturizer for my daytime look. Then at night I use a different moisturizer that is just light enough so it won't clog my pores but still does the moisturizing trick.

Peeling lips also drive me bananas! ChapStick® Total Hydration with CoQ10 is a lightweight formula that provides long-lasting moisture, helping lips stay hydrated for a full eight hours, and reduces the appearance of fine lines. The formula is comprised of advanced skincare ingredients including antioxidant CoQ10, Vitamin E, and ultra-hydrating Hyaluronic Spheres for soft, supple lips. Total Hydration with CoQ10 is available in a Vanilla Cream flavor. I love to use this stuff at night before bed because I wake up in the morning with silky, smooth lips to start my day.

I'm not a huge lip color person, but I do love just a little tint. I've recently become obsessed with
ChapStick® Total Hydration Moisture + Tint. This tinted moisturizer features a formula with 100% naturally sourced ingredients that deliver long lasting moisture, plus a hint of alluring color specifically formulated to enhance the lips’ natural color. The Total Hydration Moisture + Tint formula is comprised of premium ingredients, including Rosehip Oil, Jojoba Oil and Avocado Butter.  It is available in three shades – Rose Petal, Coral Blush and Merlot, my favorite – so there’s a shade for every occasion!

Apparently Phil saw his shadow today so we still have six more weeks of winter. I'm crossing my fingers that these are the six fastest weeks of the year!

And because I love you and want to whisk the rest of this winter season away as quick as possible, how about a little something special...

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Life Lately

Wednesday, January 25, 2017

Life has been overly busy lately.  I'm not even sure where I begin! But let's find a starting point...

Back in October I took over a new role - I am now co-owner of Indianapolis Moms Blog, the premier parenting website for Indianapolis. We are slowly sorting our way through this business and in the process we have begun to grow an amazing group of writers with a strong and loyal readership. I'm learning a lot about myself in this process. I'm figuring out how it works as a business owner, I'm learning how to manage and collaborate effectively with my co-owner and I'm growing as a person in every aspect imaginable. Being a part of IMB has helped me find my voice again and I've met some amazing people that I would have never known otherwise. I'm excited to see where this journey takes me and hope you will follow along with us!

So what does that mean for this blog?

I have been stewing over this because working full time as a teacher and running two sites isn't happening. But I love my blog and what I have grown it to be too much to let it go. My plan is to continue writing and being visible again but getting back to my roots - focusing on the experiences and life stories of my family. I love sharing my mom life stories because I get it, #momlife is hard! And it's fun to be able to laugh with other people and compare your stories. So that's my plan, getting it focused more on my family and continuing to write so I can have this personal diary to look back on in the years to come.

So let's get to it - what HAVE we been up to lately?

This kid is a rockstar. Kindergarten has been amazing for him both socially and academically and I couldn't be happier with how things are going for him. I love his teacher and school which makes all the difference. His reading and math levels are age appropriate and it has been fun, both as a mom and a teacher, to watch him grow academically. The kid killed flag football season and scored at least one touchdown every game. Next year it's pads and the whole shebang, which will be interesting. He starts basketball next week and then baseball is right around the corner. Cohen is the typical big brother - a lover one minute and a torturer the next. I'm pretty sure it just comes with the territory. While he has a rough exterior the kid is still super sensitive which drives his dad nuts. Personally I don't have a problem with it and feel it just adds to his character. He really had a sweet, sweet heart. Cohen is growing up into an amazing little boy and I struggle to think that he is already halfway through Kindergarten. Time is such a jerk.

Miss Sassy turned 3 in November and may the threenager gods save my soul. One moment she is sweet as can be but the next minute she turns into a hormonal teenager. Girl threenagers and boy threenagers are completely different. I'm not sure I'll make it through one more girl...
Lola loves all things princess, baby and Doc McStuffins and has to wear a dress everyday. The kid refuses to stay in her pjs all day (unlike her brother) and has to get dressed the second she wakes up. Lola is loyal to her people and when you're her friend, you're her friend for life. She is still super mommy attached and shy in unfamiliar situations. I'm hoping to get her into preschool next year to watch her bloom and become more social and less attached to my hip. Lola started ballet last week and I'm not sure who is more excited - me or her. While her shyness took over most of the class, I'm confident this will help her come out of her shell. That darn paci continues to be a thorn in my side and I have slowly started clipping the tips back in anticipation that she will just throw them away. Despite her threenager tantrums, Lola is my sweet little girl and continues to melt my heart on the daily.

Bam Bam has officially turned one! The kid is a champion climber and I have never seen someone go up stairs so fast in my life. After months of ear infections, Remy got tubes in December and it has made a WORLD of difference. While her sleep isn't perfect, it definitely is a million times better. Remy no longer just walks - she runs, jumps and basically sprints to wherever she needs to go. As far an appetite the kid eats more than Cohen and Lola combined. I'm watching her snag a bowl of crackers from her sister as I type this. Remy's favorite word is Dada but will say Ohla (for Lola), Mama, Nana, Sat (for What's that?) and waves bye to anyone that looks her way. She loves to shake her head yes and no and the moment she hears music the girl gets low. Remy can also turn a clean room into a disaster in less than ten seconds which is how she gets the name Bam Bam. But boy does this girl have her Dad wrapped around her finger!

I have missed you all and look forward to getting back into the swing of things!  But now, my wine glass is empty and the Real Housewives are calling my name so I'm sure you can infer what that means.


Our Family Getaway - and How It Was Saved

Monday, January 23, 2017

This shop has been compensated by Collective Bias, Inc. and its advertiser. All opinions are mine alone.  #MoreMomentsWithExcedrin  #CollectiveBias

This past September we finally bit the bullet and decided to take a family trip to wrap up the end of summer.  I have been a little hesitant about going anywhere out of town with my clan because the jump from two to three kids has been hard for me.  The packing and planning is enough to turn my hair gray let alone the fact that Remy hates all the sleep.  But we did it and decided to take a quick overnight trip to Cincinnati, which is about a two hour drive from Indianapolis.  I told Kurtis we could compromise - I'll agree to a family getaway if we will stop at one of my favorite home stores on the way home.  That, my friends, is the best compromise of all.

The day was beautiful and the weather was perfect for an afternoon at the zoo.  For once in our life, we pulled out of the driveway on time and were on track to make great time.  About twenty minutes into the trip, Lola got really quiet and said her stomach hurt.  Moments later we had the car pulled over and we were cleaning up her car seat with baby wipes, crossing our fingers her projectile vomiting was a one time deal.  While I'm pretty sure it was just a case of car sickness, it probably should have been a sign of what was going to come.  Eventually, though, we made it to the Cincinnati Zoo and the kids had a blast.  It really was a great afternoon.

After a lack of naps and an evening of hotel swimming, I was certain everyone would sleep like rocks that night.  Joke is on me.  Remy, my kid who hates sleep, was in no mood to sleep which then kept everyone else up.  So for the sake of my family and their need to sleep, Remy and I spent the wee hours of the night and morning hanging out in the hotel lobby.  While my body is pretty used to not sleeping,  I was toast from the prior day of walking and swimming.  When I finally got Remy to sleep for a couple of hours, I woke up with a headache, which is quite common for me these days.  But I have learned how to manage these headaches to prevent them from ruining my day.  Luckily I stocked up on Excedrin® products on my pre-trip shopping trip at Walmart because I know it can deliver fast relief for different types of headaches.  After being diagnosed with migraines by my doctor (consult your doctor if you think you are suffering from migraines), I always make sure I am prepared with a migraine solution:  Excedrin® Migraine starts to relieve migraine pain in 30 minutes and is #1 Neurologist Recommended (among OTC medicine for migraines. Symphony Health Solutions, 2016).  However, for this headache I knew it wasn't a full blown migraine but I also refused to let it get in the way of the rest of our trip!  That morning I needed a headache solution and fast headache relief.  Excedrin® Extra Strength was able to do the trick.  For some, it can start working in just 15 minutes. Just use as directed!  Even though the amount of sleep I got that night was equivalent to the sleep of a good afternoon nap, I was excited to finish up this family getaway and thankful that I trusted Excedrin® for fast headache relief.

One thing I have found to help my headaches too has been the element of heat.  I have made several rice heating pads because they come in handy for so many things.  Normally I will throw one into the diaper bag in case of emergencies and I actually remembered that I had thrown one in there before we left for the trip.  These rice heating pads are so easy to make and are quite handy to have around.

DIY Rice Heating Pad

You Need:
*Bag of Rice
*Long Sock

How to Make A DIY Rice Heating Pad:
1.  Take your rice and fill up your sock.  I usually go about 2/3 full.

2.  Tie a knot at the opening of the sock to close it off.  You could also sew the end but I'm not that handy nor do I have that much time.

3.  Heat your rice heating pad in the microwave for up to 60 seconds.

4.  Use as needed.

I threw my rice pad into the microwave and placed it on my forehead during the car ride.  With the fast relief from the Excedrin® combined from the heat of the heating pad, when we got to the home store I was ready to go!  The girls even decided to nap for the majority of our shopping trip which made the decision making about the things I wanted versus the things I needed a bit easier to focus on.  It really was a fun little family getaway but I have to be honest, I definitely do not have plans for another one until at least Spring Break.

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Spreading Kindness: 5 Ways to Get Your Kids Involved During the Holidays

Monday, December 12, 2016

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The weather in Indiana has turned from cold to brutal within a matter of days.  As I was pulling into school the other day, I noticed a waste management official walking up a long driveway to grab a trashcan that was placed by a garage door.  This was unusual, especially as you looked down the road and noticed the streets lined with cans.  But just as he reached the garage door and grabbed the stranded can, I saw an elderly woman stick her head out the front door, and wave to the man, thanking him for his kind gesture in this freezing weather.  This tugged all my heartstrings and once again reminded me of the importance of showing kindness towards others.  

If I can do one thing right as a parent, it will be to ensure that my children pass on the quality of kindness as they grow older.  Every holiday I try to make sure my kids understand how fortunate they are as well as understand the true meaning of the season.  Together as a family, we made a list of five things we can do to spread kindness and demonstrate the meaning of giving to others during the holiday season.

Here is what we came up with:
1.  Send Cards to the Troops Overseas
My husband was in the Navy for over eight years, so this is one thing that is especially meaningful for our family.  The cards don't have to be amazing works of art because it's the thought that truly counts.  Imagine being thousands of miles away for your family with limited communication during the holidays.  Small tokens of appreciation, even from strangers, can go a long way.

2. Do Household Chores to Earn Spare Change
The other day when we ran into the store, a local boy scout troop was ringing bells by the holiday collection bucket for the Salvation Army.  That afternoon, Cohen and Lola decided to take time to clean up the basement to earn coins to put into the bucket.  We then made another trip to the store just so they could put their coins in the slot on their own.  I talked about how proud this made me and that they were helping people who needed some extra love, especially during the holiday season.  Getting your kids to take ownership is a huge step in creating an understanding for what it means to be kind.

3.  Baking Treats for Foster Animals
Our neighbor has recently started fostering dogs and the kids are obsessed with these sweet pups.  We were baking our annual Christmas cookies when Cohen wanted to make a special plate just for the dogs.  Together we made a bunch of simple no-bake dog treats that we put in a container and dropped off for the dogs to enjoy.  We can't forget our furry friends during the holidays!   

No-Bake Dog Treats

You Need:
*1/4 cup peanut butter
*1/4 cup applesauce
*1/4 cup plain yogurt 
*2 cups of oats

1.  Place all of the wet ingredients together in a bowl and top them with the oats.

2.  Stir things together until everything is well blended.

3.  Scoop out small balls and place onto parchment paper.

4.  Loosely cover with plastic wrap and place into the refrigerator until you are ready to treat your pup!

Easy and dog approved - and almost husband approved as I quickly stopped him from taking an unexpected bite!

4.  Donating to a Women's Shelter
This one was all Cohen's idea, my sweet little boy.  The other night I made a comment about the ridiculous amount of toys that we have in our basement.  He sweetly replied, "Mom, I know.  I'll get a big bag and fill it to the brim with some of these toys we don't use anymore and we can give them away."  So that's what we did.  I found a local women's shelter that was in need for some gently used toys as well as in dire need of baby necessities, including diapers and wipes.  When I was at Meijer recently, I remembered reading about their partnership with Huggies which, for the fourth consecutive year, they had teamed up to empower local shoppers to help families in need during the holiday season with the Huggies No Baby Unhugged donation program.  I made sure to grab a pack of Huggies because for every pack that Meijer sells during November 13, 2016 - January 2, 2017, they will donate $1 and Huggies will donate a day's worth of diapers to the National Diaper Bank Network.  That's a total of $10,000 donated from Meijer and 150,000 Huggies diapers that will be donated to the National Diaper Bank Network through the Huggies No Baby Unhugged program that helps to ensure babies in the Midwest receive the diapers they need.  Also, with the new Huggies Reward App, users can donate their rewards to the National Diaper Bank too!  Sadly, one in three moms suffer from diaper need, the inability to provide fresh, clean diapers for their babies.  Many times parents have to choose between paying for food or buying diapers, which can cause obvious stress and strife.  Since 2010, Huggies has given more than 200 million diapers and wipes to families in need.  They are are also the founding sponsor of the National Diaper Bank Network which is a non-profit organization that strives to drive awareness of diaper need in America as well as build up the capability of diaper banks across the country.  You can check out more about diaper need here.

On a sidenote, if I have to be honest here, I really do love Huggies Little Snugglers.  I'm obsessed with the wetness indicator and love the soft, breathable cover which keeps Remy comforable.  The GentleAbsorb Liner offers great protection between your baby's sweet skin and the mess.  Plus Huggies Little Snugglers are hypoallergenic, fragrance-free and the new and improved pocketed waistband helps keep that mess where it belongs.  When Remy was first born, the umbilical cord-cut out was such a life saver when it came to that sensitive belly button area.  Huggies Natural Care wipes are also amazing because they are gentle on that precious skin but get the job done!

5.  Make Cards for the Local Children's Hospital
Indianapolis is home to an amazing children's hospital, Riley's Children's Hospital and especially being a mother, I am a huge supporter of this amazing facility.  It blew my kids' minds away when I told them that there are some children who won't be able to make it home for their own holiday celebrations because they are sick and have to stay at the hospital.   Both Cohen and Lola have collectively started a pile of pictures and cards that we will send off to the hospital next week in hopes of cheering up just one child.  There's always something magical about getting mail, so we will seal up these individual pictures and cards and mail them off in a great, big bundle to Riley's.

As my kids get older, I have quickly started to understand how important it is to instill kindness in each of them as they grow up to become part of society.  It just takes baby steps and plan on continuing this tradition with my family as we grow.

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Furbaby Stocking Stuffers

Thursday, December 8, 2016

Disclosure:  PetMatrix provided me with the information, product samples, and Visa gift cards for my post.  

The holidays are inching closer by the minute which means I probably should get shopping, right?  Ironically the only family member who has all of their gifts so far is Brady, the ten year old puggle.  Last year my husband hooked him up with a brand new, comfy dog bed so this year we are making it all about his favorite thing - food.  I have to be honest, I do love finding little toys and treats to stuff his stocking up with because I find it ridiculously cute watching him on his hind legs, sniffing the bottom of the it and trying to figure out how to get it down.  This guys was my first baby so it's only appropriate I treat him right, especially during the holidays.

Here are a few of my favorite stocking stuffers for your furry friend:

Dog Toothbrush and Toothpaste 
Don't laugh.  My dog could knock out an army with his breath.  Plus his brother and sisters get a toothbrush in their stockings so I can't leave him out.

New Collar
Every year we like to spruce up Brady's duds with a new collar.  However, I struggle to think of parting with his Indiana University one.  Homeboy looks so spirited in it.

Squeak Toy
It's kind of a family joke to see how long it takes Brady to rip apart these toys to get to the squeaker.  Or just to rip it apart in general.  I get it too, Brades.  That thing is ANNOYING.

 SmartBones® Chews
One year my mom had the grand idea of getting Brady a pig's ear for Christmas.  He ate it in one sitting and was up with an upset stomach all night long.  Right?  Thanks, Nana.  Since then I'm careful about the treats that we give Brady because he can eat things in lightning flash speed, which any pet owner knows can be awful for the stomach.  SmartBones® are my favorite choice when it comes to chews for Brady because they are made from wholesome, favorable vegetables and combined with a layer of chicken which makes for an irresistible treat!  SmartBones® also uses grain-free formula which makes it easier for dogs to digest.  When compared to regular rawhides, SmartBones® are highly digestible and less likely to cause stomach and intestinal blockage.  With flavors like  Chicken, Sweet Potato, Peanut Butter (Brady's favorite!), Beef and Dental, you are sure to find the perfect treat for your pup.

I really am struggling to even process where I need to begin with my shopping this holiday season.  Every year I do this to myself and every year I tell my husband we need to scrap gifts and just go to Disney.  But until then, I will attempt to make this Holiday To-Do List.  At least I know I can cross one person (okay, dog) off the list!

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