Giving Kids Confidence with GoodNites* TRU-FIT* Underwear

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Today is the last day of school before Spring Break, and we are so excited! We are staying in town but we will be visiting with friends, going to the book store and the cowboy store {it’s a thing}, and of course getting ready for Easter. It’s just one short week, but it’s a small preview of what’s just around the corner- Summer vacation! We can’t wait for the endless playdates, swim sessions, and sleepovers that are ahead.

For many kids though, sleepovers can cause a lot of anxiety. It’s estimated that 1 in 6 children between the ages of 4-12 in the United States suffer from noctural enuresis- more commonly known as bedwetting. It’s a fairly common condition that a child can’t control or be trained out of, but it’s still an embarrassing one that can cause children to forgo sleepovers entirely.

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It’s not just the kids who get stressed about the bedwetting, either. According to a recent survey, 41% of parents describe it as frustrating, and 43% believe that bedwetting can be “trained” out of a child, even though it can not. Over 25% of parents have anxiety over their child spending the night somewhere and wetting the bed- something I understand completely, since Shane has sleepovers with his grandparents sometimes. He hasn’t wet the bed in a long time, but I used to worry about it every time he went over there!

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There’s a new way to help ease anxieties while still allowing kids to attend sleepovers and have fun! GoodNites® brand is introducing a completely new kind of bedtime protection: GoodNites* TRU-FIT* Underwear. GoodNites*TRU-FIT* is machine-washable, real underwear with disposable, absorbent inserts that help keep sheets and jammies dry all night. Kids won’t be self-conscious because they look like regular underwear, and they won’t have to worry about bedwetting. Parents can send their kids to sleepovers knowing they won’t get the dreaded 2am phone call. It’s a win-win!

GoodNites* TRU-FIT* is now available for boys and girls in sizes S/M and L/XL in different colors and patterns. You can buy them all at Walmart- click here to learn more!

Have you ever dealt with bedwetting?

Keeping Our Family Clean on the Go Thanks to PURELL® Hand Sanitizing Wipes

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My two kids have a lot of energy. They’re always running around, or climbing on things, or generally roughhousing. Since Shane has half-day kindergarten and doesn’t start school until 1 pm, we often go to the park across the street before school starts.

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Hitting the park before school allows Shane to get some energy out before he needs to focus in class, and it tires Zac out just in time for his nap. It also lets Zac explore different textures, work on his gross motor skills, and watch other kids play- one of his favorite activities. In addition to picking up garbage, chasing bugs, and digging in the dirt, of course.

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Since Shane’s school is just across the street, and since Zac often falls asleep in the car immediately after our park adventures, it’s important that we have a solution for cleaning their hands on the go. {Their faces, too- I don’t want to send Shane to school with dirt on his cheeks!} We use PURELL® Hand Sanitizing Wipes because they’re gentle on the boys, easy to carry with us, and kill 99.99% of illness-causing germs on hands!

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Using the PURELL® Hand Sanitizing Wipes on the boys right as soon as they’re done- instead of waiting until they’ve already touched things {like Zac’s car seat, or Shane’s backpack} allows us to kill the germs before they spread, keeping all of us healthier. The wipes are made to kill germs and clean your hands, and they don’t leave any soapy or greasy residue behind.

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They’re perfect for park playtime, zoo trips, or messy chocolate snacks!

Find PURELL Hand Sanitizing Wipes in the Home Cleaning Aisle!

The PURELL® Hand Sanitizing Wipes are available at Walmart in 70-count and 35-count canisters {we prefer the 35-count because they are perfect to keep in the car- and because they’re fragrance-free, which is perfect for my sensitive kids}. You can find them in the home cleaning section! You can click here to grab a $1 off coupon on your next purchase of PURELL® Hand Sanitizing Wipes!

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You can save even more beginning on May 17th, when you’ll find a coupon in the Sunday paper! {You can save $1.00 on any PURELL® Wipes canister or Save $1.00 on any two PURELL® Products.} PURELL® also has a loyalty program on their site, which you can check out here!

How do you keep germs at bay?

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In the four years between my two pregnancies, I swear that everything baby and kid related changed. So many products on the market had improved so greatly in such a short amount of time that I couldn’t believe it! Improvements in technology are definitely to thank for some of it, but I think the main reason everything got so much better was that major brands are finally listening to real moms. Thanks to social media, brands can hear complaints and even raves in real-time from real parents.

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Fight the Cold, Not the Kid with Dr. Cocoa

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Last year, Shane spent the entire winter sick. He caught cold after cold after cold, and he never fully recovered from one before catching the next. He had ear infections, sinus infections, and a generally awful three months. It was bad enough being so sick, but then he had to take medicine on top of that to try to kick the sickness, which wouldn’t be so bad except he couldn’t stand the medicine.

He comes by it honestly- I still have a major taste aversion to anything cherry flavored after having to take a lot of cold medicine as a kid. It never tasted like cherry and my mom always made me take my medicine over the sink since more of it ended up in there than in my mouth. Well, I had to use the same trick with Shane because even when he tried his hardest, he just couldn’t swallow it all. It was messy, it was frustrating, and worst of all, it meant he wasn’t getting the proper dosage of medicine, making it even harder to fight the illness.

Dr Cocoa makes it easier for kids to take medicine, so you can fight the cold- NOT the kid!

A few weeks ago, at the height of cold and flu season, we discovered something that is going to change all of that- Dr. Cocoa for Children products. It’s the first-ever cough and cold medicine line that combines trusted, effective ingredients with 10% real cocoa. Coca. In medicine. Why wasn’t this around twenty years ago?! While I definitely could have used it for myself, I’m definitely so happy to have this for my own kids!

When your kids are sick, all you want to do is make them feel better. Having to struggle to get them to take their medicine just makes it harder for everyone, so having a chocolate flavored option makes it so much easier. They have three formulas- Long-Acting Cough Relief {for kids 4-13}, Daytime Cough + Cold Relief {ages 4-13}, and Nighttime Cough + Cold Relief {ages 6-13}.

Dr. Cocoa can help parents fight the cold, not the child- which also means dosages are more accurate since half of it doesn’t end up in the sink. It also means no more crying {from the kids or the parents!}, or making an already miserable kid even more unhappy.

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Luckily, my kids have only had one minor cold so far this year, but we still stocked up with the entire line. You never know when illness will strike, especially when kids are picking up germs at school. School aged kids get 8-12 colds per year. That’s like having one a month, all year long! While I really hope we’re able to avoid getting sick that many times, I know that the next time we do, we have a better solution in our medicine cabinet.

Dr. Cocoa products are available nationwide at stores and online. You can find out more and print a valuable coupon at DrCocoa.com! {You can also learn more about them on Facebook or follow them on Pinterest!}

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Starting a New Tradition of Giving at Christmastime

While I don’t have a lot of free time, I still like to try to stay relatively connected to the outside world. I spend a lot of time on social media and I love reading articles because they are the perfect length for me to finish while waiting to pick Shane up from school or while waiting for a pot of water to boil. My husband has his mobile homepage set to Yahoo for the same reason and is always telling me about this or that article that he found so I decided to check out Yahoo, too. It had been awhile since I had been to their website so I was pleasantly surprised to find the Yahoo Parenting section! One article in particular really got me thinking- “Does Your Child Have Too Many Toys?”

Does your child have too many toys

I almost didn’t want to read the article because without even reading it, I knew the answer was yes! I grew up not having much so now that I’m the adult, I am pretty quick to buy new toys for the boys. Half the reason is that I get bored playing the same things with them, but also I just really like that I can say yes, since so many times my parents were forced to say “No.”

However, it’s because I grew up with so little that I feel so strongly about teaching my boys to give back. We regularly donate to everything from food drives to animal shelters, and I always remind him that it’s important to make sure we are doing what we can to help others.

Operation Christmas Child giving

A couple of years ago we made a shoebox for Operation Christmas Child and donated a box of necessities and gifts to a child who otherwise wouldn’t have anything (or would have very little) for Christmas. Shane was only three at the time, but he was really excited to be able to make another kid happy at Christmas. Because of that experience, and because we have way too many toys, I decided to start a new tradition this Christmas: donating toys to charity!

We are going to approach this in two ways: first, I’ll be helping Shane to choose some toys that he no longer needs or wants. Aside from a couple of sentimental selections that I might save for Zac, we will bag them up and donate them to either a shelter for women and children or to a similar charity. Secondly, we will be purchasing some brand new toys to give to Toys for Tots- and encouraging our friends and family members to do the same! I want Shane to be able to experience the joy of helping others, so I will let him pick some toys out at the store to donate.

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I’m really glad that I stumbled upon that article and I’m so excited to start our new tradition! Whether you’re looking for a new holiday tradition or just want to read up on the latest parenting tips and tricks, be sure to check out Yahoo Parenting!

How do you deal with toy overload?

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