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!

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