Wednesday, June 24, 2015

Migraines Suck! #Stopain #Sponsored #Coupon #Migraine #MigraineRelief

Migraines suck. I know... my mother suffered from migraines, I suffer from migraines, and my husband suffers from migraines. I have dealt with them in some form for my entire life.

My migraines seem to be more frequent when I am pregnant, unfortunately...  a point in time when there is very little medical relief due to the possibility of harming the unborn baby.

My husband, however, has several a week.  This can mean, at times, an entire week filled with pain. Migraines can last days... and it's a pain that ruins everything in life at that time. If you're reading this, you probably understand. 

If you, or a loved one, suffer from migraines Stopain Migraine  is a topical pain reliever that has been beneficial for many migraine sufferers. Applied topically to the back of the neck and behind each ear, you can use it alone or in combination with other migraine medications without fear of drug interactions. Unlike other migraine medications, it can be used up to 4x daily. 
This gel is easy to apply. I have been applying it for my husband, but I'm sure he could do it himself. You simply pump one pump (The product’s airless pump technology ensures precision measured dosing each and every time) of the gel on your fingertips and apply to the back of the neck and behind the ears. You can also watch this helpful video if you would like to learn more about the application.

A recent observational study of the effectiveness of Stopain Migraine was conducted by the Jefferson Headache Center at Thomas Jefferson University. Based on the results of the study, renowned neurologist Dr. Stephen Silberstein and his team concluded that participants experienced a significant improvement in migraine pain. 

My husband found that it really did help significantly. One of the most difficult things for him is waiting for medication to start working. That pain that you have to suffer through before the relief comes can be extremely intense. Stopain Migraine works quickly, it starts working as soon as it is applied, and when used with his prescription migraine medications Stopain Migraine's quick acting effects allowed for a more comfortable time period until the prescription medications can kick in. This was by far the biggest benefit for my husband.

We don't know what triggers my husband's migraines, so there isn't anything we can do to change something to make them less frequent, so in the mean time we just have to be on top of the pain with pain medication.

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This is a product-provided, sponsored conversation that contains affiliate links. I received a package of Stopain Migraine for my own personal use. All opinions, text and experiences are my own.

Saturday, June 20, 2015

Curious George 3! #newmovie

We have several Curious George fans, what's not to love about a fun little monkey that gets into a whole lot of trouble? Well, if you love Curious George too get ready for the third fun movie featuring this adorable character!

As with the previous films, Curious George 3: Back to the Jungle includes plenty of adventure and great music which make the movie fun for ALL ages!

We were provided with the movie in advance of it's release so that we can share our thoughts with you!

The kids loved it. We've watched it several times since we received it! It's a fun movie full of great music (music is one of the things that really draws me into a movie, so it's super important to me). The movie follows George, who is going to space! But, as with most things George does... it doesn't go according to plan. 

We also had a lot of fun making "photobombed" selfies with the online app (see below the photo for the link).

Let Curious George join your selfie! Get curious with the Brand-New Free Photo App:





 Launch into the adventure of a lifetime with everyone’s favorite monkey in this all-new movie, Curious George 3: Back to the Jungle! When Curious George is asked to take part in a very important space mission, a little monkeying around forces him to crash-land in Africa. While a worried Man with the Yellow Hat searches for him, Curious George bravely explores the jungle and makes new animal friends along the way. Reunited at last, the two best pals have an unforgettable adventure shared with their new friends! Featuring the voice talents of Angela Bassett & John Goodman, with music by the Plain White T’s, join Curious George on his fun-filled journey that the whole family will enjoy!

The soundtrack will be available June 23, 2015 on Back Lot Music, featuring the new original song “Welcome to Paradise” performed by Plain White T’s and score by composer Heitor Pereira (DESPICABLE ME, MINIONS).

Sunday, June 14, 2015

Put Your Money Where the Miracles Are

The Walmart gift cards and information in this post have been provided by P&G.
Children's Miracle Network Hospitals
Walmart carries a wonderful assortment of Children's Miracle Network products, such as baby shampoo, diaper ointment, and sweet baby gift sets. Walmart is a proud partner of Children's Miracle Network, believing that every child deserves the chance to live a better life.

If you're not sure what Children's Miracle Network products to purchase, you can always browse by brand — we carry popular items from Johnson & Johnson, PediaSure and Pampers (Goooo Pampers!). Getting your baby's essentials at Walmart ensures that your little one will be happy and healthy at every stage of their growth- and your pocketbook will be happy, too!

If you're a new or soon-to-be mother seeking parental advice, head on over to the Every Little Step Parent and Baby Center. At Every Little Step, you'll find advice on everything from how to take memorable maternity photos to essential breastfeeding basics. We've got tons of useful tips for new moms — and dads, too! In addition to offering great info for parents, Every Little Step is a terrific one-stop baby shop. You can browse our sweet selection of baby clothing, baby gear and other baby essentials.

We were recently sent a Walmart gift cars so that we could pick up some Pampers Swaddlers! Pampers Swaddlers are the BEST diapers for our 2 year old son, and knowing that when we purchase these diapers from Walmart that Pampers has partnered with them to donate $200,000 to CMN this month!

Check out this great story from MY home state, Michigan:

Michigan - Darius
Beaumont Health System
Hypertrophic Cardiomyopathy
Age 16 (as of 11/30/14)

As a three-sport athlete — competing in football, basketball and baseball — Darius’ annual physical exam seemed a simple formality. But at age 14, doctors at a free Student Heart Check held by Beaumont Children’s Hospital discovered a thickened heart muscle, known as hypertrophic cardiomyopathy — the leading cause of sudden cardiac death in young athletes.

Darius was forced to give up many sports he loves, but he doesn’t let that slow him down. An entrepreneur at heart, Darius is always finding unique ways to make money to pay for college and enjoys working on remodeling projects with his dad.

Darius and his family volunteer at all of Beaumont’s Student Heart Check screening events and help bring awareness to the risks of sudden cardiac arrest and the importance of screening via local news media interviews. Darius hopes to pursue a career in pharmacy or become an echo technician to give back to the medical community that saved his life.

Tuesday, May 26, 2015

Around the world.... #Books #IC #Sponsored

We are HUGE book fanatics at our home. With eight kids, we read a lot- and collect a lot of books. We were really excited that I participated in an Influencer Activation on behalf of Influence Central for Hands-on-Prints books. I received books to facilitate this honest review.

The author of the Hands-on-Prints books, Christina Cheung, established a Montessori school that celebrates differences in learning preferences, personalities, and cultural backgrounds. She was compelled to write a collection of books that inspire simple and complex learning about the world while incorporating tactile elements and vibrant visual experiences for children. These books foster children's knowledge and sense of discover by helping them to engage in a way that encourages mindfulness and inspiring them to explore and learn.

Around The World From A to Z

This hard cover book has thick sturdy pages that will hold up over time. These are great for preschoolers, since they can turn the pages themselves without the fear of tearing them. There is a nice note to parents and educators that helps the adults understand how to use the book and what it can do.

This book focuses on the alphabet...the written letters are in the cursive alphabet. I know many parent's are thinking- well my child needs to know the printed alphabet first, why should I get a book of cursive alphabet letters? Well, each letter is printed in a texture similar to very fine sandpaper. The note to parents and educators states, "Careful penmanship and cursive writing not only refine fine motor skills from shoulder to fingertips, they also help to sharpen thought formation and brain development." Tracing the letters in cursive help to coordinate the two hemispheres of the brain. This helps the child appreciate and observe the fine details in the book.

The book allows many senses to be used while exploring it. Touch while tracing the letters, sight when looking at the beautifully illustrated pictures, and hearing when listening to an adult read the acrostic poems that accompany each letter. Using all of these senses together makes a connection in the mind and allows the child to learn without realizing anything is being taught.

Each letter is assigned a corresponding physical activity (cross-country skiing, dancing, equestrian sport), and each page includes a map that pinpoints where the sport came from. On the bottom right corner of the poem pages there is also a little image of the page being turned and the image of a specific type of footwear. This allows the child to guess what sport will be coming up next.

Our four year old daughter really enjoys this book, she loves tracing the letters, seeing which feet will come next, and listen to me read the poems. The book has furthered her curiosity for some of the activities in the book (Quoits and ostrich-chasing) which has lead to more learning experiences.

Overall, this original book is one that is a fantastic addition to your library and one that is non-traditional enough to hold a child's attention while teaching the alphabet.

This book is in the first set of the Botanical Tales Series: The Maligned Creeper.  Set in 9th century Japan, the book tells a story of a family who moves to a new home and how the father decides to grow a beautiful garden full of rare and exotic plants so that he may paint their beauty. 

One day, his daughter brings him a flower and he is perplexed at how it has come to be as he didn't plant it. It is the Morning Glory, and the story continues to tell of how they try to rid it from the garden but nature prevails and the beautiful flower lives on, even when the story takes a sad turn. 

This book is the 2013 winner of the Silver Moonbeam Children's Book Award for Picture Book, in the "All Ages" category. The beauty of the illustrations really help propel the reader to turn each page and discover the next delightful image.

In the back of the book there is a page that talks about the morning glory plant's cordate leaves. There are pictures of other heart-shaped leaved plants with both the common and latin names. On the page next to this there are some facts about the botanical Tales Series. This book is worth owning for the illustrations alone. Hsiao- Yen Chi is an amazing artist. 

Wednesday, May 13, 2015

Get ready for Summer, #LearnToSwim #SwimWays #Sponsored #IC

I participated in a Influencer Activation on behalf of Influence Central for SwimWays. I received product samples to facilitate my review and a promotional item to thank me for my participation.

  What better way to spend the Summer than to spend it in the water?

It's a great way to keep cool naturally, and it can be fantastic exercise as well. I don't know about your kids, but my kids took a little extra coaching to get them used to water. Most of them disliked water, even baths, once they were over a couple months old. Orrin isn't a huge fan, but we are getting him used to the water and preparing for National Learn to Swim Day on May 16th!

This was Orrin's first time in the pool. We had been swimming in Michigan's fantastic lakes last summer, but it's been nearly a year and I don't think he remembered enjoying it last year.

He was pretty unsure of the water at first. Once we got him in the SwimWays Baby Spring Float (which is the best on the market, by the way), he really seemed to calm down and start enjoying the experience. It was a great way to reintroduce him to the water!

I'm excited to use the Baby Spring Float this summer on our swimming adventures. It has a great canopy included (which we didn't need to use this time since we were in an indoor pool) that will be fantastic for those sunny, hot days of Summer. The large spring area creates a great safe space to play and splash in the water, and the full mesh seat makes me feel that Orrin is safe and secure in the seat. The Baby Spring Float has two inflatable tubes, one around the seat (the red part near Orrin) and the blue ring around the edge. These were easy to fill, although I had a little difficulty pushing the valve back in while holding Orrin- so I would recommend doing this before you get to the water.

SwimWays great line of products is available at ToysRUs. These products help children become confident swimmers. This year's fourth annual National Learn to Swim day gives us all a way to kick off Summer and keep in mind how important it is to know how to swim. Knowing how to swim can be a lifesaving skill, as well as one that can be really enjoyable throughout life! I know I am a HUGE fan of swimming, it's a great activity to enjoy.

What about you? Do you like to swim? Is it something you want to encourage for your children?

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