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Thursday, August 25, 2016

Dance Party Fun - Live Life Confidently!

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We have all heard the quote, "Life is too short to not have fun" right?  Do you live your life according to this quote?  Some days when I get totally caught up in life and work I have to stop myself and really remind myself that life is so short - fun is a must.  Often my kids are the ones that give me those reminders. Like I have shared before, Miss Teagan is our tiny dancer.  And the moment any music starts playing that little body starts moving and grooving. 


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Lately, she has wanted to have dance parties after dinner and why not?  Dance parties are super fun for the whole family!  I needed to come up with a great playlist for our dance parties that had some kid approved dance party music.  I came up with 12 kid approved songs that are perfect for our nightly dance parties!

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Being a mom is such a blessing but with that blessing has come some additional things I have to worry about. Sure the normal parental responsibilities but also that lovely light bladder leakage that loves to show up when I am having the most fun.  But just like that quote says - life is too short - I cannot let little leaks hold me back from enjoying fun dance parties with my little lady.  

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Before Impressa® I was always worried about running, laughing and dancing with my kids but now that I #TrustImpressa I never have to worry about those annoying and embarrassing leaks when having fun!  

What is Poise Impressa?


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® Bladder Supports are a non-absorbent, removable product that helps stop bladder leaks before they happen. Yes - BEFORE! Hello confidence, welcome back into my life. Impressa® Bladder Supports are inserted just like a tampon to gently lift and give support to the urethra. This added support to the urethra helps prevent urine from leaking. Brilliant!

Leakage can happen when you laugh, exercise, sneeze, dance, jumping, and so many more activities.  Most of these activities bring joy and fun to your life but sometimes those worries about leaks can lead to more anxiety than fun.  Not anymore - there is no reason to skip out on that fun.  After adding Impressa® to my daily life I have found that I am not worried about leaks.  It is a relief!

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What do you think about our Dance Party Playlist?  Fun right?  We certainly love it. Let me know what song you would add to your dance party playlist too! I know we will keep adding more and more fun dance party songs as Teagan keeps asking for more dance parties.  I love this special time with her and it is so much fun to see her enjoying life.  Live confidentially!!

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Poise is making this easy on you to start living confidentially - simply pick up the Poise Impressa® Sizing Kit from Walmart and #TrustImpressa!  The size (1,2, 3) is not about how much you leak or how much you weigh. It is all about the best internal fit for you. Poise Impressa® is inserted like a tampon. Start with Size 1, and if you still leak, move to size 2, then size 3 if necessary. Once you know your size, you can purchase the box of your size only. It is important to note that you should not use Poise Impressa® when pregnant or on your period.



Our dance party is THE dance party to be around for! Hearing Teagan laugh and dance is so much fun.  I love it!!  Not only is it a great way to spend the evening but it is a great way to get in a little work out. 

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Now it is your turn to #TrustImpressa!


What leaking activity are you most excited to start enjoying again once you start using Impressa® Bladder Supports?


Tuesday, August 23, 2016

"State of Influence" Panel Discussion with Tapinfluence

A few weeks ago I had the honor to sit on a panel discussion all about social influencers. This discussion was all about what I love to do - blogging, influencing and social media.  A well known social influence marketing agency called Tapinfluence is based out of Boulder Colorado and I was so excited to visit this place.  I love having agencies like this literally in my backyard.


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When I was initially asked to do this I was so nervous.  While I love to write and blog behind my computer screen the idea of public speaking totally scares the crap out of me!  ha!  But I knew this was a great opportunity, honor and experience that I needed to do.  I am so glad that I stepped out of my comfort zone once again in the name of blogging because it was a great event filled with amazing conversations, brilliant writers and super creative Tap employees.

The panel consisted of the following guests:

Sandra McCollum - Influencer, A Dash of Sanity

Mother of five, professional caterer, and successful blogger, Sandra will give tips on how to optimize influencer content to spur higher engagement from audiences.


Lane Radbill
- Content Marketing Coordinator, CW Hemp

Lane will share how the CW team uses the power of influencers to inform product development and define an emerging category of plant-derived wellness and beauty products.

Censie Sawyer - Influencer, Building Our Story

Non-profit worker by day, influencer by night, Censie will speak to the value of long-term influencer partnerships and the most effective ways to leverage and repurpose content.

Julianna Vorhaus - Director of Influencer Development, TapInfluence

Julianna runs the TapExchange influencer marketplace, and she will give strategic analysis into the panelists’ insights and frame the best way to address issues raised by the Altimeter research.





Description of our panel:

Featured in Built In Colorado and Boulder Startup Week, TapInfluence is one of the fastest-growing players in Colorado tech. Join some of the brightest minds in the business and learn why influencer marketing is the way forward for the digital ad industry. The evening will feature an interactive panel discussion and networking over cocktails and hors d'oeuvres.  Expert panel discussion on creating lucrative synergy between influencers, consumers, and marketers. Time and resource-saving tips to help you maximize returns on influencer campaigns. Outside the Box I.M.: How one brand uses influence to drive people-centric product development. In-depth insights into our premiere influencer marketing study with Altimeter.



Here is our recorded panel discussion, I highly recommend you take the time to listen to this.  The discussion was enlightening, entertaining and full of great tips for all types of influencers.  



     

I even treated the guests with one of my most popular sponsored recipe - Fresh Fruit Cones.  They were a hit!  




This was such a great event and I hope to attend more events like this with Tapinfluence.  This is a great agency and I love that it is in my home state of Colorado.  



What did you learn about the social influencer market after watching our panel discussion?


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Monday, August 22, 2016

1st Day of School 2016 - Picture Idea

Hard to believe that the first day of school has already come and gone.  Both Jude and Teagan were so ready for this day and have had great days in school since.  This year we continued our tradition of using a chalkboard to create a fun first day of school picture.  I love this tradition and hope to continue it for years to come.  I might need to buy another chalkboard though once they start school on the first day!  

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Jude's First Day of Kindergarten - 2016

After years of planning we are finally here.  Jude turned 6 in June and that meant he could technically be in 1st grade but we made a decision a few years ago to delay Kindergarten for one year.  While he will be the oldest and tallest/biggest in his class we felt that this was the best decision for him when looking towards the future of his education.  

This is Jude's 4th year in school but his 1st year going full day.  What a huge change for him!  The first couple of days went great for him.  He was exhausted but had a great week learning the new classroom and catching up with his friends.  

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He is going full day but at this school it is a little bit of a modified full day Kindergarten.  His first half of the day is traditional Kindergarten and the second half is an enrichment using Montessori curriculum.  I love that he is getting another year of Montessori as it has been a great way for Jude to learn. 

This year he decided that he wants to be a Lego Master when he grows up too.  Such a creative mind! 

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Teagan's First Day of 3 Day Preschool - 2016

This is Teagan's first full year of school.  She started mid year last Winter and it went great for 2 days a week.  This year she will be going 3 days a week for half days.  She is also in a Montessori program which like Jude is a great option for her.  
She has a new classroom and new teacher this year but is very familiar of her teacher because Jude had her for 3 years!  Teagan was asking daily when it was her turn to go to school so she was so ready.  In fact, she asked to go every day instead of 3 days a week but our plan is to follow the same track that Jude has been on.  

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She is such an independent little lady that she had no fears of starting school.  Sounds like she has some new friends in class and enjoys them.  I cannot wait to see how this year plays out for her.  

This year Teagan made her grandma and grandpa smile by saying when she grows up she wants to be a teacher!!  I think she would be a great teacher!  

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I believe this year will be full of fun and lots of learning for both Jude and Teagan!  Here's to a great school year!! 

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How did your kids first day of school go?



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Wednesday, August 17, 2016

Nolah Mattress - Sleep With A Purpose

Disclosure:  We were provided with a complementary Nolah Mattress in return for our honest thoughts and review.  As always, all opinions our my own and are not swayed by outside sources.


When we moved Jude's crib to a big boy bed we used a mattress that we had in our guest room for years.  It was another hand me down.  It has worked well for the last 3 years but when I had the opportunity to work with Nolah Mattress, a Denver (local) mattress company I was pretty grateful and excited that Jude's bed would finally get an update.  

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When I was first contacted by Nolah I was very intrigued about the shipping of the mattress - we went with a full size - and were told it would simply come in a box and delivered to our front door.  Well, okay then.  

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Sure enough, that box came to our front porch with a full size mattress in it.  Crazy!  When we told Jude that his new bed was in the box he was rather confused so we couldn't wait to unbox this beauty and see what Nolah Mattress was all about.  
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The steps are simple.  

1.  Unbox Nolah:  bring the box to where you want to sleep.  Lay the box on its side and pull out the mattress. 

2.  Positioning:  With the mattress still rolled up position it on any flat surface, slatted surface or box spring.  

3.  Unwrapping:  Remove the outer wrap and gently cut the inner wrap with out cutting the mattress cover.  Watch with wonder to see your mattress take in air and expand to full size!

4.  Watch the magic:  In a heartbeat your Nolah has done most of its expanding and with in 24 hours it will be fully expanded.  Nolah can be used immediately after unwrapping.  

See our Nolah Mattress Unboxing fun below...

 

Pretty amazing right? And to answer your question - yes, the Nolah bed is so comfortable. Nice and soft and forms to your body. Our little man will be sleeping good.

All About Nolah Mattress:


Nolah Mattress is a company based out of Denver Colorado. They have a mission to bring great sleep but also live with purpose. Not only do they provide the best mattress for your sleep and health, they are also on a mission to protect the future of our american wildlife. your contribution makes a difference and will help protect wildlife and natural communities.

When you purchase a Nolah mattress, you'll also be protecting our wildlife. for every mattress sold, Nolah will adopt an animal on your behalf (for free) through their partnership with defenders of wildlife, an american charity navigator accredited wildlife charity. You'll receive an official adoption certificate for your chosen animal, sent to you by their partner, defenders of wildlife. It will arrive separately from the mattress that is shipped to you directly from U.S. factories.  

When I had the opportunity to choose an animal I decided to adopt the Sea Otter - my very favorite animal ever!  I loved getting the information in the mail on Sea Otters and knowing that by bringing this mattress into our home we are also helping wildlife.  

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Specs On The Mattress:

  • Free Shipping & Free Return
  • 120 Night Trial 
  • 15 year warranty Nolah Air Foam™ 
  • Healthy Pressure Relief
  • Cooling Technology
  • Proudly made in the U.S.A.
  • use the Nolah mattress on any flat surface
  • not too firm, not too soft, but just right
  • Fast set up
  • Fantastic pricing
  • Sizes:  twin, twin xl, full, queen, king, cali king

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What is Nolah Air Foam™ ?


Latex is from the 1920's. Memory foam is from the 1970's. Both are outdated materials inferior to today's technology. That's why Nolah created the Nolah Air Foam™ to make a better mattress using today's most advanced foam technology. The innovative Nolah Air Foam™ comfort layer is first-to-market in the U.S.A., and with billions of tiny air pockets, it ensures a perfectly balanced pressure distribution. Combined with the bouncy ultra-premium latex-like avena® foam support layer, the Nolah mattress provides an unparalleled level of sleep comfort and support.

There are 3 important points to building the Nolah Air Foam™; healthy pressure relief, personal sleep comfort and keeping you cooler.

Nolah Air Foam™ has 4x times less peak pressure on your hip and back area when compared to conventional high-end memory foam. The mattress contours to every body shape and weight, making it the first truly universal mattress in today's online market. Because it's not temperature sensitive (as memory foam is), the Nolah Air Foam sleeps significantly cooler, even in the summer! It’s an ultra-premium foam that is more durable than latex, fully hypoallergenic, highly breathable, and overall, it has a better bounce and feel than latex.

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So far, Jude loves this mattress and I love how simple it was to pick out, receive and set up.  This is truly the new generation of mattress buying.  Plus the idea of being able to "Sleep with a Purpose" gives me a smile on my face.  

Stay tuned for a giveaway for your very own Nolah Mattress but in the mean time if you are in need of an updated bed make sure you use this link and receive $50.00 off your purchase of a Nolah Mattress. 

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Stay connected with Nolah:

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Are you in the market for an updated mattress?  Is Nolah a brand you might consider?


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Monday, August 15, 2016

Clean Kitchen In Under 15 Minutes

Disclosure: This shop has been compensated by Collective Bias, Inc. and its advertiser. All opinions are mine alone. #ScotchBriteSponges #CollectiveBias


I would love to tell you that our kitchen is always perfectly clean but that would be a giant lie.  The dishes that pile in the sink on a weekly basis can be pretty impressive at times and the crumbs that find themselves all over our counter tops could probably feed a pack of mice for days.  Gross but reality.  So, the question is - How Do We Change This?


Clean Kitchen In Under 15 Minutes

Like most moms I am busy, working a full time job out of the home, running to and from after school activities, being a mom, being a wife and then working my second job as a blogger I suck up literally every moment in the day.  But, like you, I can find an extra 15 minutes by either multitasking or sacrificing some sleep in order to feel better about our kitchen.  


To find my motivation and inspiration to a cleaner kitchen I decided to run to Target and get some new Scotch-Brite™ Brand sponges, my favorite brand of sponge. Beginning 8/14/2016 you need to take advantage of the great deal at Target - Spend $50 on Household Essentials at Target, get a $15 Target Gift Card - don't mind if I do!! This offer does end on 8/20/2016 so make sure you make your Target run soon!

Honestly, with out the motivation, plan and great tools (Scotch-Brite Sponges) a clean happy kitchen will not be achieved.  


My shopping trip had me walking into our kitchen with 4 new sponges!  Not sure why I am so excited about new sponges but I am!!  Here's the deal Scotch-Brite™ knows that our cleaning surfaces and situations vary.  So for every situation you have a sponge option.  Finding the right tools for every surface is important to Scotch-Brite™, let's not ruin our pots and pans folks!

The green Scotch-Brite® Heavy Duty Scrub Sponge is a sponge that was built to work hard. It cleans tough messes 50% faster and removes tough, baked-on messes on your pots and pans, and grill and oven racks 50% faster than any other competitive sponges. This sponge is great for Jeremy, after a great meal he usually attacks those baked on messes with these green sponges.    

The blue Scotch-Brite® Non-Scratch Scrub Sponge is perfect for my daily cleaning routines. This sponge safely cleans our counter tops, stove top and even the kitchen table. I feel safe using this sponge anywhere in the kitchen because it will not scratch where I use it.



Lets get cleaning!!  

To have a clean kitchen I have started taking 15 minutes a day to do some simple yet surprisingly helpful chores that result in a huge difference in our kitchen.  

Clean Kitchen Tips:

  • Toss all trash from counter tops and kitchen table into trash can.
  • Attack the pile of dishes using the Scotch-Brite™ sponges to quickly spot clean the pots and pans.
  • Load the dishwasher.
  • Spray counter tops, stove and sink with cleanser.  Using the blue sponge wipe down the surfaces and push the crumbs on the floor.
  • Sweep the floor.
  • Wipe down the refrigerator handle, light switches and cabinet handles.
  • Take trash out.
  • REST!!  HA!



Seems like a lot but once you find your groove that 15 minutes works and you will end up with a much cleaner space.  



As the kids get older we are trying to come up with chores that are age appropriate for both Jude and Teagan.  Helping with the kitchen clean up and dishes has been added to their list.  Just like I am motivated my new cleaning tools so are they!  I picked up the Scotch-Brite® Heavy Duty Soap Dispensing Dishwand and Scotch-Brite® Non-Scratch Soap Dispensing Dishwand that allows them to help rinse their plates when they are done with their meals.  Just like Maria Montessori teaches, we are letting them learn through hands on training with our assistance.  I love this part of parenting - allowing the kids to clean up and learn at the same time with with a little parental supervision of course! Building good minds and character!


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Want to find more great cleaning inspiration? Check out these great ideas here.


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Sunday, August 14, 2016

Dream Big with P&G at the Summer Olympics

This is a sponsored post for SheSpeaks/P&G.


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Our TV has been set to all things 2016 Summer Olympics in Rio and we are loving it.  We have always been a sports family and have encourages both Jude and Teagan to try all kinds of sports like soccer, t-ball, dance, swimming, gymnastics and taekwondo so it is no surprise that all four of us are enjoying this Olympic season.  

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While Jude has never been much of a runner he has always enjoyed soccer. Obviously, he is still learning the basics but it is so much fun to see him running down the field with a smile on his face towards the goal. Because he and Teagan have both played soccer they were both very excited to hear that soccer was one of the many sports that would be played in the summer Olympics. I am a huge fan of Alex Morgan from Team USA, she is a great role model for all kids, showing that hard work truly pays off.

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As we have these important talks with Jude and Teagan about hard work, dedication and teamwork it makes me want to support our amazing athletes even more.  The role modeling they do for our kids is so important.  Being a good sport is a great character trait to have and I can only hope that with our teaching and support our kids will be able to continue their sporting career in whatever they have fun doing.  


When I found out that by buying select P&G items from Walmart would support Team USA I was pretty excited to share that with Jude and Teagan. A few items that I always have on my list are Always® Infinity Pads and Tampax Pearl Regular Tampons. Always pads are made with super absorbent, super light material called FlexFoam™ that can absorb 10X its weight. They offer 100% leak-free protection, they are soft and flexible for the on the go woman and athlete. Tampax tampons, they help stop leaks before they happen and provide protection for up to a maximum of 8 hours, even overnight - the part I love! They have a unique BUILT-IN BACKUP™ Braid, which helps stop leaks by channeling them back into the core and offer FormFit™ protection that gently expands to fit your unique shape.  Both of these products are must haves for me but I also know many athletes need protection like this to play their very best!

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Make sure you add P&G products to your shopping list this week to continue to support Team USA when visiting Walmart!!  


Have you and your family been enjoying the Summer Olympics?


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Friday, August 12, 2016

Lunchbox Season Is Here!

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I have talked a lot about lunchboxes lately, maybe that is because I have been lucky enough to never have to pack one for my son until next week!  We are so blessed with my parents who watch our kiddos every day for us since they were infants - so blessed.  But now, our biggest is headed to full day school next week!  ah!!!!  This means now that I have gotten back into the swing of meal planning for dinner I have to adjust my thought process and also do a meal plan for Jude's lunchbox.  

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Honestly, I think Jude is more excited about having a lunchbox for school and getting to eat there more than anything this year. So silly, its the little things in life right? Once we headed to Walmart to pick up the rest of his school supplies and his new lunchbox we were feeling in the lunchbox season mode. Don't get me wrong, I am still trying to figure out how to pack him a wholesome lunch every day but with the help of Nature’s Harvest® Bread & Entenmann’s® Little Bites™ snacks I am feeling way more prepared.  


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Nature’s Harvest® offers top-quality, delicious breads in a variety of flavors. Bread seems to be an essential in our lunchbox plans but I love this brand because every variety is baked with whole grains, at least 8g per serving, so I know my kiddos are getting great nutrition through their school day. With no artificial flavors, colors or high-fructose corn syrup, I make these lunches with confidence!

Entenmann’s® Little Bites™ snacks have always been a favorite of both of my kids.  They are a great option for every age and come in a great perfectly portioned package.  Hello easy!!  Our favorite is the Chocolate Chip Muffins but recently we tried the seasonal variety S'mores - OH MY GOSH!  Stocking up on those too!!

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I am pretty excited for our first lunchbox we filled for a "test run" day at Jude's school.  I made sure I added some items that I knew Jude would love along with protein and extra veggies.  To give him a little creative addition to his ham and cheese sandwich I cut the sandwich into strips.  Making lunch fun will be my goal this year!!  Hopefully my motivation keeps up.  I will say, the Nature’s Harvest® bread worked great for this little project - high quality bread allowed for me to create this meal.  I might even try shapes next week!  



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Parents I know we are always thinking about how to make sure our children get the very best education but at times that is hindered by expenses.  
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Are you and the kids ready for Lunchbox Season?

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