Baby Bash Giveaway!

I’m teaming up with some of my favorite baby brands to bring you The Baby Bash Giveaway.

One lucky winner will win a $100 Target gift card plus products from Boogie Wipes, Baby Bjorn, Dreft, Kandoo and Downy Wrinkle Releaser Plus.

Giveaway is open to US and Canada residents and ends at 11:59 pm on Friday, August 4, 2017.

Complete the form below to enter. Click here if you are not able to see the form. Good luck!

BABY PARTIES WITH BOOGIE WIPES

From Baby Showers to Sprinkles, Sip & See Showers and even Gender Reveal Parties, Boogie Wipes is helping you host and attend every baby party you can think of. Use the links below to learn more about how to host each type of party, a unique way to learn the gender of your baby, the perfect gifts for every event, and the one thing you really need at a Sip & See (besides a baby).

Gender Reveal Party

Baby Shower

Sprinkle

Sip & See

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Don’t Worry, Be Happy

In an earlier post, I talked about the changes that my body has made over the last ten years or so, and how bladder leakage is a real problem – not just for me, but for a lot of women.
Not to give TMI but a lot of people don’t realize that you can’t tighten the muscles that close off the urethra. So when you cough, sneeze, exercise – or even laugh – your urine may leak because of the extra pressure caused by an overactive bladder muscle. And there’s really nothing you can do about it at that point (physically, at least).

It’s not really something anyone can help. It’s life, and sometimes there are things that you just can’t change. So – don’t worry, be happy!

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The first step to not worrying and being happy is to do what you can to make those worries go away – for example, using products like Depend® Silhouette Active Fit to take the worry out of dealing with bladder incontinence. Whether you are worried about issues while exercising at the gym, sneezing constantly during allergy season, or laughing at dinner with your girlfriends, Depend® Silhouette Active fit helps ease your worries and gives you the chance to just be happy!

What I love about Depend® Silhouette Active fit is that it’s made from a cotton-like fabric – it’s completely smooth and comfortable under your clothes – and it’s nearly impossible for anyone to notice you are wearing one. They also come in three colors (beige, lavender, and black) so they can be worn no matter what the occasion or what you’re wearing on top.
Interested in trying them? Click here to get a free sample.

This post was created in partnership with Depend® and Womensforum. All opinions and experiences are my own.

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DIY Plumbing Tips Every Homeowner Should Know

This is a sponsored post, all opinions are my own.

I have had my fair share of household ‘mishaps.’ Strangely, a big part of those mishaps have had to do with water. Now I love getting in the pool,playing on the slip and slide with the kids, or even walking through a sprinkler, but I do not however, enjoy getting wet inside my own house (unless I’m in the shower of course). I have had my upstairs tub leak, our toilet leak, our kitchen sink leak, our hot water heater go out, our pipes burst, the ice maker on the fridge broke, and most recently, our sewage drain back up. I would not wish any of these things on my worst enemy – it’s an awful mess to clean up, and water (and especially sewer – eww!) ruins a lot of things.

So as most of you know my husband was an over the road truck driver, which meant that 99% of these situations that occurred I was on my own. Now mind you, I consider myself a pretty smart woman – but any type of household DIY fixer-upper, put-together type of household duties – well, I suck at them. Like when the hot water heater broke and I had NO IDEA how to turn the water main off (thanks again Dad for answering your phone at midnight!) I didn’t know how to do a lot of things that I should have known how to do. That every home owner (or home renter) should know how to do – not only to save money, but to be pro-active when it comes to further damages (and more headaches).

How to Shut Off the Water
See I’ve been there, done that. I could of not only saved gallons upon gallons of water by knowing this, but I could of prevented hours and hours of work! To turn off the water in your house, locate the main water shut off valve. Now the tricky part is they aren’t all in the same place! There isn’t a universal place for this valve and trust me it’s better to find out before you NEED to know, then AFTER.
Some are located in the water meter which are sometimes in the ground near the street with a concrete cover, some are the outside of the house, some on inside the house – somewhere. Mine was in the basement, behind a faux cabinet door.

Turning Off a Water Heater   
There is a tw0-step process to turning off a water heater (and again, try this before an actual emergency so you know) FIRST Turn off gas or electric to the water heater – on gas hot water heaters turn the gas supply know on the water heater to the OFF position, and for the electric water heaters, flip the circuit breaker or remove the fuse. SECONDLY turn off the water to the water heater to turn it off turn the shutoff valve on the cold water supply pipe going into the hot water heater clockwise.

Fixing a Running Toilet 
A running toilet is usually caused by a faulty stop valve – or sometimes a floater switch. The stop valve/floater switch is a large bulb in the back of the toilet that stops the flow of fresh water into the toilet once the tank is full. Sometimes jiggling the handle can stop a problem temporarily, you can fix it permanently by replacing it. It’s a pretty easy process – even I could do it!

Fix/Replace a Leaky Faucet 

  1. Turn off the water to the faucet at the shutoff valve.
  2. Remove the decorative cap on the faucet handle.
  3. Remove the screw under the cover in the faucet handle.
  4. Pull the faucet handle off to expose the valve.
  5. Use a deep socket wrench to remove the valve from the faucet.
  6. Remove the screw holding the washer on the end of the valve.
  7. Replace the washer with a new one of the same size.
  8. Apply plumber’s tape to the valve threads.
  9. Screw the valve back in the faucet.
  10. Tighten the valve with the wrench, being careful not to over tighten it.
  11. Put the handle and screw back on the valve.
  12. Press the decorative cover back on the end of the handle.
  13. Turn the shutoff valve on, and check the faucet for leaks.

Fix a Clogged Drain
The most common plumbing problem ever – the clogged drain. Now the thing about a clogged drain is you can do some things to prevent it. Like using a hair catcher in the shower (this has been a life saver for us!) avoid putting grease or food down your kitchen drain, and if you have a garbage disposal, know what is allowed and what isn’t.

IF you do have a problem with clogged drains, the best product to use is Roto-Rooter. I always keep the Roto-Rooter Hair Clog Removal on hand just in case. (3 girls – 1 bathroom, so you can imagine we use this quite often!)

It’s also good to have some sort of drain snake in case there is a big clog of hair and ick that you can get out yourself (and then put the roto-rooter gel in).

With these tips you should be able to take care of your basic plumbing needs, and hopefully save yourself some money and heart ache in the mean time.

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How Busy People Lose Weight & Stay Fit

It doesn’t matter how busy you are, everyone has the chance to lose the weight. You’re in control of your health.

Even if you’re extremely swamped with work and home life, there are still ways to live a healthy lifestyle. See how busy people lose weight and stay fit.

Take Supplements

Natural supplements are helpful for someone who’s busy and can’t always find time to take care of themselves. Burn fat, lose weight and get your daily dose of nutrients and antioxidants with Raspberry Ketone Plus. These capsules contain superfoods and weight loss power like you’ve never experienced before. If you’re running around a lot and too busy to prepare your own food, then you need to make sure you’re getting the right nutrients for your body. Supplements will give you a health boost with little effort on your part.

Watch Eating Habits

If you’re busy, it usually means you’re not paying attention to what food’s going in your mouth. This is the first change you need to make. Keep healthy breakfast foods at work and bring your own lunch so you know exactly what you’re eating each day. Have a notepad and track your calories so there’s no cheating or assuming of what you ate. Happy hours are fun, but they’re not good for the scale. Limit yourself to one drink and choose a healthy snack before you go that’ll tide you over. You have to have a plan in place to avoid partaking in unhealthy eating habits.

Remove Junk Food from the Kitchen & Office

If it’s not there you won’t eat it. Go through your kitchen and office and remove any signs of junk food. Don’t even tempt yourself with these items. Stock your workspace and home with healthy and nutritious foods that are going to help you drop the weight. It’s easy to want to go for something unhealthy when you’re feeling tired and stressed. Busy people know to have healthy options present in the places where they spend the most time.

Always Find Time for Exercise

Busy people utilize their full day, including their mornings. This is a great time to complete a workout. It’ll get you up and moving and ready for the day. Make a schedule that you can stick to for the entire week. Schedules allow you to go with the flow without analyzing why and what you’re doing. It’s not as easy to skip out of the workout when you’re already committed.

Take Advantage of Weekends

Busy people know there isn’t much extra time during the week. The weekend is when you should be getting your long workouts in, and scheduling your meals for the week. Weekends are useful for planning and preparing. It’s an excellent time to hit the gym and fit in an activity. Use the extra days to burn more calories and plan a healthy menu. This is also a chance for you to rest and catch up on your sleep. You’ll have more energy during the week and it’ll help you reach your weight lost goals.

Conclusion

Losing weight is hard enough when you have time on your hands. Throw in work and personal obligations and it’s a real challenge.

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Unique Anniversary Gifts for the Hard to Buy for Couple

This is a sponsored post on behalf of Uncommon Goods. 

I love to buy people gifts – in fact, it’s my love language (if you haven’t read The Five Love Languages by Gary Chapman, you should). So when it comes to giving gifts, I’m not usually just buy a them a gift card kind of person. I will search for weeks, days, hours to try and find the perfect gift. Whether it’s for a birthday, holiday, or anniversary.

I can tell you – the whole shopping experience can wear you out! From the end of Feb to the beginning of April I have 2 anniversaries, and 5 (count that F-I-V-E) birthdays to shop for, for immediate family members. Though the kids can be pretty easy to shop for, I always have to put extra thought into gifts for my Mom and Dad.

I managed to make it through their birthdays, but this month is their anniversary! So it’s kind of a double whammy in the ‘find-the-perfect-gift-for-two’ department. But I was introduced to this great site called Uncommon Goods and their selection of anniversary gifts are second to none.

There are all kinds of unique, personalized gifts, and I will tell you instead of not knowing what to get them and trying to find something just right, I went to having soo many options to choose from, and just picking one!

My parents love love coffee – not like your regular coffee lovers, but like coffee connoisseurs. So when I found these gorgeous hand crafted mugs, I knew that would be a perfect gift – that would be cherished for years to come.

I love that they also have other thoughtful gifts as well – like this ticket stub diary that would absolute melt a woman’s heart (I know it would mine – I mean how romantic for a man to buy this, and keep their game/concert tickets as keepsakes for a gift for his love?!)

Or what guy wouldn’t love a personalized whiskey barrel to show off to his friends?

Whatever or whomever you may be shopping for, Uncommon Goods has  gift for them!

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