Our Favorite Summer Tradition

Sunday, June 24, 2018

Disclosure: “The coupons for product redemption, information, and gift card have been provided by Entenmann’s® so that I could try the product and share my thoughts and information about Entenmann’s®. The opinions expressed in this post are my own and do not reflect the opinions of Entenmann’s®.” 


Oh sweet summertime - there is so much to love about you! And I'll be the first to admit that my life with three stinkers is FAR from perfect. But if there is one thing I love the most about summer it's the memories we make together that my kids always remember.

It all started over two years ago when I was home on maternity leave with my youngest. I needed any reason possible to get out of the house for a hot minute and caffeinate my mind, heart and soul from the severe lack of sleep. Cohen was barely five at the time and I remember him waking up one morning, crawling into bed with me and asking me, "Is it Donut Friday?" From that day on every Friday was proclaimed Donut Friday and we have strongly continued this tradition - especially throughout the summer!

Last week's Donut Friday was interrupted by a work meeting and my insane idea of potty training Remy. But there was no way I was going to let a Donut Friday tradition slide past us! On my way home from the meeting, I stopped by the store to buy floor cleaning supplies, chocolate milk and none other than our favorite Entenmann’s® donuts. There was no way I going to break this tradition!






Speaking of our favorite donut brand, from now until June 30th, Entenmann’s® is searching for the country’s biggest donut devotee by accepting entries for its sweetest honorary title ever: Chief Donut Officer. I mean, I could totally live up to that title! Donut fans can enter the Entenmann’s® Chief Donut Officer Contest at www.chiefdonutofficer.com for your chance to win this honorary title and some exciting prizes, including $5,000 and a year’s supply of donuts. Yes, I said YEAR'S SUPPLY OF DONUTS.

Entering is easy:

1. Fans will simply share their love for Entenmann’s® donuts and their ideas for product innovation.

2. Each response will be judged based on passion, creativity and originality.

3. Five finalists will be selected and invited to submit video testimonials about why they deserve to be named Chief Donut Officer.

4. Then, fans across the country will have the opportunity to vote for their favorite candidate!

The grand prize winner will be announced on August 7, but all finalists will reap some sweet rewards – all four runners-up will receive $1,000 and free donuts for a year. 

Just another reason we need to ensure that we are celebrating Donut Friday every week this summer!



Oh summertime, you surely are welcome to stay as long as you please. I have no problems making these little memories with my family...even if they do drive me a little batty occasionally.

Share with me! What is your favorite summer memory and/or tradition?




Be sure to visit www.chiefdonutofficer.com for more information about Entenmann’s® Chief Donut Officer Contest!



It's the Small Moments That Count

Sunday, May 6, 2018

Disclosure: The coupons for product redemption, information, and gift card have been provided by Entenmann’s® Little Bites® so that I could try the product and share my thoughts and information about Entenmann’s® Little Bites®. The opinions expressed in this post are my own and do not reflect the opinions of Entenmann’s® Little Bites®.
 

Motherhood. Boy, is it a hard job. The days are long, the sleep is nonexistent and your chore list grows each day and never stops. But the hugs, the smiles, the small moments that I share with each of my children are the very reasons as to why I wanted to become a mom in the first place. Every year when Mother's Day rolls around, there are three things that I have on my list: sleeping in, an hour of alone time and then an afternoon with just plain, fun family time. I don't need gifts and I really don't want flowers. I just want some time for me but most importantly time with the people that allowed this holiday to become possible for me.


After I spend some time for myself on Mother's Day, I look forward to our family afternoon together. I love these small moments with my family. It doesn't have to be big and fancy, just time together. Last year we started a picnic tradition together and it was a blast! We packed a bunch of snacks and headed to the park for the afternoon. Our time was casual but filled my heart. A year later, my kids are still talking about it too. So with Mother's Day a week away, we have already started planning for our family afternoon adventure for this year!

First on our to-do list is snacks - I mean, of course it is, right? So I'll make sure I have a variety of foods that are easy to pack and not a lot of hassle. My kids are huge fans of Entenmann’s® Little Bites® Strawberry Yogurt Muffins. These muffins are made with real strawberries and come in handy pouches that are perfect for snacking on-the-go. Plus,with less than 200 calories per pouch, Little Bites® Strawberry Yogurt Muffins are a good source of calcium and vitamin D, and contain no high fructose corn syrup or trans-fat. Now that's a snack I can feel good about for my family! I love how easy I can throw them into my bag for our family adventure and know my kids will be happy snacking too.




As cliche as it sounds, the years really do go by fast. Soon my kids will be too cool for family time and our schedules will get even busier making it hard to spend time together. These small memories together is what fills my heart and reminds me why I love being a mom to these crazy, lovable kiddos. It's a hard job but I wouldn't trade it for anything else!





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Teaching My Family About Recycling: Entenmann’s Little Bites® and TerraCycle®Make the Pledge Program

Thursday, March 8, 2018

Disclosure: The coupons for product redemption, information, and gift card have been provided by Entenmann’s Little Bites® so that I could try the product and share information about the Entenmann's Little Bites ® Pouch Recycling Program with TerraCycle® and my thoughts and information about Entenmann’s Little Bites®. The opinions expressed in this post are my own and do not reflect the opinions of Entenmann’s Little Bites®.



Last week Indiana got hit with a heat wave - I'm talking 70 degrees in February! If you are from the Midwest then you understand the significance of the first signs of spring. I made sure to leave school as soon as possible to get the kids so we could enjoy an afternoon and evening outside together. The neighborhood was hopping and everyone was out and about, taking in the sights and smells of the spring air. Cohen and a couple of his buddies were in the field next to our house hitting baseballs when he ran over to me with a wrapper and paper cup in his hand. They asked me for a plastic bag to collect the trash because they were sad about all the litter they were finding on the field. I admired their willingness to stop their game to clean up trash that had spent the winter under inches of snow. One small step can go a long way!

A few days later when the heatwave was long gone and the rain and snow made an appearance again, I braved the grocery store with all three kids alone to get meals and snacks for the upcoming week. Each kid happily chose their favorite foods, including their box of Entenmann's Little Bites ® for after school snacks. Entenmann’s Little Bites® are the perfect pre-portioned pouches of delicious baked snacks and are just right for little hands and can go easily into the diaper bag, purse or even a lunch box. With flavors like Chocolate Chip and Blueberry Muffin, Little Bites® are baked soft and moist, made with real ingredients, and never contain any high fructose corn syrup. Convenience for mom and tasty snacks for the kids - it's a perfect combination! My life is busy enough, so if there are any ways I can make things easier, it's a win for me!






When we got home later that evening, the kids and I were having a conversation about the upcoming Earth Day celebration at their school. Cohen reminded me of how his friends picked up trash with him last week and we talked about how their kind gesture was a great way to help clean our community. We then talked about where the trash goes when it is collected each week and the difference between our trash bin and recycling bin. Both of my kids were amazed to find out that sometimes the items we recycle are used to make other products that can be used in again. I showed them the recycling symbol on a few things we had in the pantry and refrigerator, including on the box and packaging of their Entenmann’s Little Bites® . Together we sorted our recyclables and I showed them which container to put them in. Now, when I ask them to put it in the recycling bin, they know what I'm talking about!


And speaking of recycling, Entenmann’s Little Bites® has teamed up with TerraCycle®, an international recycling company, that turns waste into plastic to be used for products such as park benches, recycling bins and playgrounds. Through the free recycling program, you can collect waste, like Entenmann’s Little Bites® pouches, and ship to TerraCycle® for processing using a pre-paid shipping label.  So, from now through April 30, 2018, TerraCycle® and Entenmann’s Little Bites® want to reward you for making the pledge to make eco-friendly choices a habit. If you collect Entenmann’s Little Bites® pouches on behalf of a K-12 school, you could be placed in the running to win a Classroom Party!



It’s easy to participate - make the pledge, send in the waste, and earn more rewards!
Here's how it works:
  1. Pledge: your pledge qualifies you for the contest - take it with your family and get entered to win!
  2. First Shipment: Send in your first shipment of empty Entenmann’s Little Bites® and earn 500 bonus points.
  3. Second Shipment: Send in your second shipment of empty pouches and earn 1,000 bonus points
  4. TerraCycle Sweepstakes: K-12 schools-only have the chance to win a Classroom Party as long as they pledge. The classroom party will include five (5) cases of Entenmann’s® Little Bites® and 100 upcycled pencil cases. Check out more details here!

The Entenmann's Little Bites ® Pouch Recycling Program is open to any individual, school or organization interested in reducing local landfill waste. To learn more about the Entenmann's Little Bites ® Pouch Recycling Program here.

Share with me: How do you encourage your kids to recycle or take care of the Earth?


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A Skincare Routine that Works :: Celebrating Winter Skin Relief Day

Monday, January 8, 2018


Disclosure: This post has been sponsored by CeraVe®. All thoughts and reviews are my own.

Winter has barely started and man, I am itching for the sun and warm weather already.

Well, literally I am itching actually.

You see, that's another problem with the winter season - my skin gets so dry and itchy, I can't even handle it. This year I decided to tackle the problem head on and find a solution that would work. And considering today is Winter Skin Relief Day, I thought it would only be appropriate to share with you my winter skincare routine that I use to help tackle this winter skin issue.

So what is Winter Skin Relief Day anyway?
Winter Skin Relief Day is celebrated on January 8th and brings awareness to all the extra attention your winter skin needs.  We know the temperatures are dropping outside - I mean, it was a balmy -11 yesterday here in Indy. That means we are rising those thermostats inside, which saps the amount of moisture in the air, and unfortunately, our skin is first to notice. As winter quickly kicks into high gear, Winter Skin Relief Day reminds us of all the ways we can protect our skin under the harshest elements.

One of my least favorite parts of winter are dry skin. I hate washing my face in the morning or at night and basically feeling like my face is crisping off layer by layer. I'd say my skin type is normal to dry but no matter what I used in the past, my face never felt hydrated enough. I recently started using CeraVe® Skincare products and to be honest - I'm really hooked. The products were developed by dermatologists and is the first and only brand to offer a complete line of advanced skincare products that contain an exclusive combination of ceramides 1, 3 and 6-11. 

Say what? What in the world are ceramides? 

The glue that holds skin cells together, ceramides keep moisture in and irritants out while restoring your natural skin. CeraVe® products use patented MVE technology that releases ingredients slowly over 24 hours, allowing them to absorb into the skin to hydrate and nourish, as well as restore and lock in moisture to protect your skin.  My daily skincare routine is on point for my skin and I have yet to feel like a piece of sandpaper.

I thought it may be helpful to share with you what my skincare routine has been lately because if you are like me, you aren't a huge fan of the crunchy, crispy skin feeling either.

My Daily Skincare Routine

Morning - One of the first things I do in the morning is wash my face. Now I am using CeraVe® Hydrating Facial Cleanser which contains hyaluronic acid to help retain skin’s natural moisture while removing dirt, oil and makeup all while cleansing, hydrating, restoring and protecting my skin. Once my face is dry, I use two pumps of CeraVe® Skin Renewing Day Cream with Broad Spectrum SPF 30 Sunscreen. This cream is designed to reduce the look of fine lines and wrinkles because unfortunately I was not nice to my skin when I was younger. I love that it is light and not too heavy and is a perfect moisturizer for my face before applying my makeup for the day.

Nighttime - I have consistently washed my face every night since I can't even remember when. There is something about washing away a long day before crawling into bed for the night. After using my CeraVe® Hydrating Facial Cleanse, I apply CeraVe® Skin Renewing Night Cream to my face. I simply dot the cream around my eyes, frown lines and forehead and then blend it all together. This cream also contains hyaluronic acid, ultimately helping reduce the look of tired skin and supporting skin elasticity plus is a great moisturizer.





But it's not only my face that gets hit hard during the winter, my hands also are a hot mess. Being a teacher and mom of three littles, I am CONSTANTLY washing my hands. I mean, hello Flu Season. So my hands are super dry and rough. CeraVe® Healing Ointment (National Eczema Association Seal of Acceptance) is an essential product for my winter skincare regime. provides your skin with the intense, long-lasting moisturization it craves during the winter time. This oitment is combined with a non-greasy gentle formula that soothes, temporarily protects and helps to relieve dry, chapped and chafed skin caused by the colder air. I can throw the tube into my purse for on the go and keep the jar right in my bathroom to use after washing my hands. 



My sweet Remy's bum has been red and dry lately too! I mean think about it - the poor kid is sleeping in a cold, wet diaper for 12+ hours a night in these frigid temperatures outside! So for part of our nighttime routine, I coat her bummy with CeraVe® Baby Healing Ointment before putting on her diaper because it helps treat and prevent diaper rash by helping to keep wetness out, while soothing and temporarily protecting and relieving chapped and cracked skin. 




It's only January and I'm over this weather. Funny thing is next week the temperatures are supposed to be back into the forties but then drop right back down to the low twenties. I mean seriously Indiana weather, make up your mind.

Share with me!
What are your winter skincare tips? How do you protect your skin from the harsh elements of the winter season?

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Three Tips to Surviving Cold and Flu Season

Tuesday, December 12, 2017

Disclaimer: This post has been sponsored by Pfizer Consumer Healthcare. All thoughts and reviews are my own.


Every year I try to get ahead of the cold and flu game. And every year I'm just a little bit more successful than the last. But this year had me like WOAH. I feel like the cold and flu season came at me early, hard and fast! We had barely made our flu shot appointments when my kids were waking up coughing, sneezing and sniffling. However, I feel like a veteran in this area of motherhood now. After my son spent the majority of his first year of life in and out of the doctor's office or sick at home, I can now confidently say that I have found a few tricks that I will consistently pull out of my hat at each sign of a cold or flu.

Here are my tricks for surviving cold and flu season:

1.  Wash, Wash, Wash Your Hands
Maybe it's the teacher in me, but I am constantly washing my hands - and making my kids wash theirs too. We have multiple bottles of hand sanitizer in our house and I also always have a small bottle in my purse or diaper bag for those occasions when we can't make it to some soap and water. Especially during cold and flu season I definitely feel like you can't wash your hands enough!

2. Liquids and Vitamin C
This may seem like an obvious one but it sometimes seems to be the one I forget about the most! My kids will carry around water bottles filled with water when they are battling a cold. A little trick I use to get them to drink more water is to fill their bottles up with ice cubes and they will chug them down. Also, we will mark on the fridge with tally marks how many bottles they drink in a day and they love to challenge each other!

As far as vitamin C goes, during cold and flu season I keep my fruit basket stocked with little clementines and oranges. My daughter will sometimes eat two or three a day which is fine by me! I also buy orange juice for breakfast for a morning boost. When I was at the grocery last I found little cartons of juice that all three kids loved and it was an easy way to get them to drink their juice!

3. Stock Up the Medicine Cabinet
Since my kids are three different ages, it's important that I make sure that my medicine cabinet is stocked up with medicines for each child.



--Children’s Advil® Suspension is a must have for all three kiddos! This helps ease aches and pains like headaches and is appropriate for children ages 2 through 11.  Children’s Advil® Suspension will also reduce fevers and is offered in several great flavors including Sugar-free Dye-free Berry, Bubble Gum, Grape, Blue Raspberry, Fruit and Dye-Free White Grape flavors.





--Children's Robitussin® DM Day/Night Pack is my go to pack because of the two options that are suitable for Cohen and Lola. This pack includes Children’s Robitussin® Cough & Chest Congestion which is a great non-drowsy formula to break up chest congestion for kids 4 and older and is ideal for daytime. Children’s Robitussin® Nighttime Cough Long-Acting is great for Cohen (my 7 year old) because it offers nighttime relief of that cough and runny nose to help children sages 6 and older get a great night's rest.



--Children’s Dimetapp® Cold & Cough comes in a tasty grape flavor for kids 6 years and older. This formula tackles that annoying stuffy and runny nose and also works to relieve that cough. 




*It is important to remember to always read and keep the cartons for complete warnings and dosing information on Pfizer Pediatric products and to use as directed! *

I have a feeling that this year's cold and flu season will be no joke at all. I also have a feeling that many of you have been or are currently battling your own icky sicknesses with your littles too! Take my advice - being prepared now is half the battle!



Share with me!
What are your tips to tackling cold and flu season?

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Bundling Memories of Our Final Firecracker

Friday, June 30, 2017



Remy is our third, and final, baby of the family. We like to refer to her as our spicy child because that's what she is - extremely spicy with a fiery mind of her own. It's hard for me to think back on last summer because she was just learning to do baby things like eat baby food, roll over and crawl on her own. This summer is a whole new situation. Rather than learning how to do things, Remy is learning (and being reminded) how NOT to do things. What do you mean, you ask? Like, standing on ALL THE THINGS. Standing on the table, the couch, the chair, the toys; I would call it the summer of, "No Remy!" But as much as it may drive me nuts, my husband reminded the other night that this is it - we will never have another baby at this stage of life again. And that struck a heart string because he's right, we will never experience the innocent and happy mischief of the toddler age again. The little stinker face that looks at you when she knows she is doing something wrong, this is the final time it will actually be cute. These are the memories I want to bundle up and keep forever of my little mover and shaker.




This summer has been busy already and I've decided to spend the last month of break staying in the moment with my family as much as I can. I want to experience things with them and create memories that we will look back on in a few years and say, "Hey! Remember when..." So I want to be prepared and not have to waste my time on little things and trips to the store. On a recent trip to Sam's Club I decided to stock up for the remainder of the summer on diapers and wipes for Remy because that is one less thing I have to worry about. I've always been a fan of Huggies for my family and I love that I can get up a month's supply at once at my local club. Right now, you can get $10 two diapers, wipes or pants bundles and $18 off any three. Not only did I save time, but I also saved money too!








The convenience of this store saves my family so much time and allows me to spend that extra time with them. For me, I love to utilize the the Club pick-up as much as I can. You can order online and Sam's Club will have everything ready for you when you go to pick it up! Just check in on the app or the kiosk in the store to bypass the lines and check out fast. I'm kind of obsessed with the Scan&Go feature that allows you to use the app to check out faster. Once again, Sam's Club to the rescue when it comes to allowing me to save time to spend the last moments of this summer that is quickly passing by us!






While I know our family is complete, I can't help but feel sad that we won't ever experience these fun little stages with a little one again. But I think that's why capturing these memories and bundling them with new ones is even more important. One of my favorite quotes comes from Ferris Bueller. He simply states, "Life moves pretty fast. If you don't stop and look around once in awhile, you could miss it." And boy, is he right.




xoxo,

Little Moments with Entenmann's Little Bites + GIveaway

Thursday, April 13, 2017

Disclosure: The coupons for product redemption, information, and gift card have been provided by Entenmann’s® Little Bites® so that I could try the product and share my thoughts and information about Entenmann’s® Little Bites®. The opinions expressed in this post are my own and do not reflect the opinions of Entenmann’s® Little Bites®.

Summer is almost here - for real. I think I can basically taste it. And I'm not the only person in my family who is jumping for joy when it comes to the sounds of summer. My family lives and breathes the season and everything that comes along with it. We play hard all day and at night, we all sleep hard. That's one of the best things about summer. But overall everything I truly enjoy these little moments that are made together as a family - the ones that make our days memorable and our hearts full.

This past weekend we got a taste of what is about to come with warm temperatures and sunny skies. While I had anticipated an extra hour or two of sleep that Saturday, Lola woke me up bright and early ready for breakfast. So instead of waking up everyone else, the two of us tiptoed off downstairs. Together we snuggled up on the couch under a blanket, Lola with her milk and me with my trusty coffee cup enjoying our morning dose of cartoons. I love the feeling of knowing there is nowhere to go and not a rush to get moving along - and in that moment, I was quickly reminded of how much I enjoy our summer mornings like this one together. Sometimes it feels like we are constantly on the go everywhere we go. But in this small moment I started to get excited about being able to turn off the alarm clock and let these sweet little faces be my alarm for the next two months.



Ironically that morning while I was cuddled up with Lola, social media reminded me of one of my all time favorite summer time pictures of Cohen and Lola:



From the precious little bedhead to the darling smiles on their faces - I could eat each one of them up over and over again. I laughed at the muffins in Lola's hand because I realized how often we eat Entenmann’s® Little Bites® as part of our breakfast routine. During my last weekly grocery run I grabbed a box of Entenmann’s® Little Bites® Smurf Blueberry Muffins (only available until April 30th!)  because a day doesn't go by when either of Cohen or Lola asks to see, "Smurfs, The Lost Village" since it hit theaters April 7th.  (When you purchase two specially marked boxes you receive a $5 off movie ticket to see the movie!) Plus Entenmann’s® Little Bites® contain no high-fructose corn syrup, no trans-fat and are certified Kosher. The little bags are perfect for morning bites or afternoon snacks and just 200 calories a pack. My kids loved these things since they were little! I definitely plan to stock up for our summer of fun.





As I left my classroom tonight I glanced at the calendar and counted just 27 school days left until summer break. I'm ready for fun in the sun and lots of time with my littles! What are your favorite little moments with your family?






  For more information about Entenmann’s® Little Bites® Smurf Blueberry Muffins or about the Fandango Movie Promotion, please visit www.littlebites.com.