Archives for May 2011
We have been using Cottonelle Flushable Moist Wipes for awhile now, and honestly when I go somewhere and don’t have them, it makes me wish I had brought my own container with. I don’t know how we ever got by without them, they make such perfect sense!
As much as it is a funny topic to discuss, we all use toilet paper.
Everybody poops (yeah I said it).
Whether we want them to or not.
So why wouldn’t we want to be as clean as possible, especially with kids?
Without Cottonelle Flushable Moist Wipes my 7 year old would not only be calling me in there to help him wipe, he’d be clogging my toilet on a daily basis using too much regular toilet paper.
But we’ve found the Cottonelle Wipes have other uses as well! I like to use them anywhere I would use a baby wipe or other wet wipe because they are flushable. I don’t have to have 3 different kinds of wipes in the house, we have one kind and it works for any use. We take them to the park to wipe the kids off before they get back in the car, we use them in the car for the kids to wipe their hands off if they were having a snack. And I like them just because sometimes after being outside, my hands or face feel dry and dirty and need some attention. I wipe them off with a Cottonelle Moist Wipe and I just feel refreshed!
And Cottonelle’s new packaging makes their Wipes even better! OneTouch dispensing technology makes it easier for everyone to use. My 3 year old always used to have trouble with the old packaging, now she doesn’t have any problems getting a wipe out and closing the lid. Also, for a limited time, the new Cottonelle Fresh Flushable Moist Wipes comes with a FREE EasyReach hanger with 3M Command Strips so you can hang your wipes right near the toilet paper for easy access.
Through September 1st you can receive a $1.00 off coupon for a tub of Fresh Moist Wipes by sharing “fresh rewards” at GetFreshWithaFriend.com.
“I wrote this review while participating in a blog tour campaign by Mom Central Consulting on behalf of Cottonelle and received product and a promotional item as a thank you for my participation.”
Moms are one of the most influential factors in a child’s life. Even when we don’t realize it they are paying attention to the things we do and how we do them.
Every day I do something that my kids want to do too, from working out to eating right and it really makes me pay attention to the little decisions I make knowing they are learning how to make right choices simply by seeing me make right choices.
While thinking about role modeling for my kids is the perfect time to take a look back at my own mother and the kind of role model she was for me. First off, I’d like to say that she is and was always right. No matter what it was, if she gave her opinion about something, 100% of the time I would come back and say “you were right” to her. Whether I believed her or not. And it continues to this day. It bugged me to no end growing up, but now as a mom myself, it actually gives me confidence when offering opinions or making decisions regarding my own kids. Because I know I learned from the best.
When it comes to role modeling, the biggest and most important issue for me with regards to how it impacts my kids is their health and their attitude towards physical fitness. I hope that by watching me, they learn to eat right an make exercise an integral part of their lives – and enjoy it, for the sake of their health but also for their self-image and self-confidence as well. And I also learned my healthy attitude and positive views towards health & fitness from my own mom.
One aspect of our healthy diets includes milk. I try to encourage both my kids to have some milk each day – preferably skim milk. It’s an easy way to make sure they get some calcium, vitamin D and protein in their diets for healthy bones and body. They see me doing it, so of course they want a glass.
Plus, it’s fun.
For more information about milk and the got milk? Role Modeling campaign, check out their Facebook page. “Like” the page, then you can watch a video about moms and role models,make your very own milk mustache photo, and send an e-postcard to a role model who shaped your life and habits.
“I wrote this review while participating in a blog tour by Mom Central Consulting on behalf of the National Milk Mustache got milk? Campaign and received a promotional item to thank me for taking the time to participate.”
I was so darn excited to show off my shirt that I couldn’t wait for someone to take a picture for me.
I’m inclined to be embarrassed over how dirty my mirror is, but nah – I EARNED MY INSANITY SHIRT.
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Today at dinner my daughter was rambling while she ate.
It’s a common occurrence so I don’t always pay close attention until I heard this: “then she washes them with soap.”
And I was intrigued.
“What did you say Abby?”
She responded, “when I was at Grandma’s she took her teeths out and she washed them with soap and the water.”
Then I said “her teeth come out, huh?”
She said “yes, Grandma’s teeths come out. Mommy, do your teeths come out?”
“Not yet, I replied.”
To my mother-in-law: this is payback for you selling that table I wanted to someone else, hehehehe. Actually the story was just too darn funny not to share.
Last week I had the privilege of traveling to Mexico and staying at Dreams Riviera Cancun Resort & Spas.
And it was truly amazing.
Dreams is an “unlimited-luxury” resort meaning that everything is included with your stay – food, drinks, activities and more! It is right on the Caribbean Sea and nothing beats the locale or the view.
Dreams has been named on a number of “best” lists and it’s easy to see why.
Your whole being will relax immediately, surrounded by our large sun-dappled swimming pools and a sugar white sand beach. To this, add lush tropical gardens and of course, our fabulous palm-filled beach. Your day and evening activities range from exciting to purely relaxing — with plenty to do for everyone including endless land and water activities, a world-class Dreams Spa by Pevonia and fitness center, nearby golf and much more. “Home” features the uniquely shaped octagonal room or suite, beautifully appointed with a private balcony, marble floors and full marble bath area with Jacuzzi tub and dozens of other luxury amenities and conveniences that anticipate your desires and fulfill them instantly.
- Elegant octagonal rooms and suites offer stunning ocean views, shimmering pools or manicured gardens.
- A spectacular array of day and evening activities for every age and interest
- Multiple sun drenched swimming pools
- Nine international restaurants serving gourmet fare and six friendly bars and lounges serving unlimited premium brand beverages.
- 24-hour room and concierge services
- Supervised Explorer’s Club for kids, so everyone enjoys their own time in their own way.
- Nearby excursion sites for golf, shopping, adventure tours and history
- A friendly, fastidious staff who will make you feel like the honored guest you are.
My room was nothing short of amazing. Clean, comfortable and with a killer view.
Everything in the mini-bar was included and they refilled it each morning (sometimes it’s the simple things…).
I didn’t actually find time to use the Spa but we did get a tour of it. It was beautiful and serene.
Oh the food.
The food and drinks were nothing short of fantastic. First of all, it’s all included, any time of day. Restaurants, poolside, room service, you can have it all! And I did. But I lost half a pound so I guess I didn’t overdo it.
And of course, there were margaritas. As many as you can or want to drink.
The resort itself has quite a few different things to keep you busy. Each day in your room you receive an outline of the next days events and activities. And Dreams is family-friendly and has activities for all ages. Their Explorer’s Club caters to kids ages 3-12 and is open from 9am to 10pm with a full schedule of activities from a climbing wall & crafts to movies & dance contests to keep them busy throughout the day. They might not actually want to leave.
For the adults there are fitness classes, poker tournaments, soccer, volleyball, music, tequila tastings and so much more! And with 9 different restaurants and 6 bars, great food & drink is at your beck and call at all times.
My experience at Dreams really was unforgettable and I would definitely consider bringing my family back. However, I have 2 reservations that are probably easily remedied, the first is that my room, while gorgeous and great for a couple was probably not appropriate for all families. The bathroom area was open to the rest of the room and the partially frosted glass and non-latching doors on the shower & toilet room allow for little privacy. The other issue is that weddings are a very common occurrence at the resort and the outdoor receptions have loud music playing until late in the evening (11 pm or so). Depending upon the location of your room, children might be kept awake. Mine would have been kept awake in the room I stayed in.
But overall, it was a very positive experience, and without question I would not hesitate to return at least with my husband for a romantic trip. The room was very clean, the staff was very courteous and the food, drinks and everything I experienced was top-notch. I felt safe and pampered in paradise!
For more information about Dreams Resort & Spas:
- Website: http://dreamsresorts.com/drerc
- Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/DreamsRivieraCancun
- Twitter: http://twitter.com/dreamsresorts
- Blog: http://dreamsresortsblog.com
- YouTube: http://www.youtube.com/dreamsresorts
I admit that we tend to rush around in the morning getting ready for our day and don’t actually spend a lot of quality time together. In fact, many mornings we don’t eat breakfast together. My kids eat in front of the TV, my husband rarely eats at all, and I eat once I can relax a little bit after my son has gotten on the school bus.
Mornings here are a FLASH of panic and activity and half the time I don’t know if I am coming or going.
But Florida Orange Juice believes that a better day begins with a “meaningful morning” and that drinking Florida OJ can help us jump start our day by interacting with each other and starting off the day happy and healthy. In order to help families like mine develop habits that can lead to meaningful morning moments, the Florida Department of Citrus has teamed up with parenting expert and author, Dr. Michele Borba and nutritionist and author, Elizabeth Ward to provide some simple solutions to help us start the day on the right foot. Together they have developed a checklist that is quick and easy to follow:
When I read through that checklist, it really will be so easy to incorporate these tips into our lives. They are easy to follow and seriously much better for our physical and emotional health. Even if we just spend 5 minutes around the table drinking a glass of 100% Florida OJ while we share about our upcoming day, I think that will go a long way to bringing us closer together. Of course, I first have to wake my son up and I usually do that by going into his room and pretending to sit on him until he is awake. It doesn’t take long.
For more information on Florida Citrus, visit their Facebook page: Florida Orange Juice
I am heading out to buy another carton of OJ, we’re all out!
“I wrote this review while participating in a blog tour campaign by Mom Central Consulting on behalf of the Florida Department of Citrus and received an OJ Gift Pack and a promotional item as a thank you for my participation.”