Happy Bodies & Healthy Tummies with UpSpring Probiotics

This is a sponsored post; though I was compensated for my time all opinions are my own.

As parents we do our best to provide our kids with everything they need to grow up happy and healthy – we love on them, we make sure they get enough sleep, that they have toys that will stimulate their brains, and feed them nutritious foods so they can grow up strong and healthy. But sometimes these things alone aren’t enough and the Mom’s at UpSpring are on a mission to empower parents with even more confidence in this process by finding innovative solutions to everyday health and wellness challenges facing parents today.  UpSpring provides “more fun, less worry” by making all-natural products that help solve real problems.


UpSpring’s Probiotic + Colostrum recently came to Target and Walgreens – and it’s flying off the shelves! This product helps with digestive and immune support – with 6 probiotic strains plus prebiotics, each serving contains 5 billion active cultures.

It also helps reduce occasional gas, diarrhea, constipation and other digestive symptoms. The naturally harvested bovine colostrum provides a complete range of antibodies for immunity support, and the prebiotic fiber supports beneficial bacteria.

UpSpring Probiotic + Colostrum powder comes in a convenient, portable packet and can be easily added to any liquid or food.

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A Whole New Way to Listen to Music: Google Chromecast Audio

The reviewer has been compensated in the form of a Best Buy Gift Card and/or received the product/service at a reduced price or for free,

I don’t know about you but when I am cleaning the house – I like to jam out! Or when I’m floating in the pool in the summer (I am soo dreaming of the day we can open the pool) I like to hear some tunes playing.
I’ve always been frustrated with using the blue-tooth on my phone. Sometimes I get phone calls I want to take without interrupting my music, or it annoys me when texts messages or e-mails come through and it interrupts my jam! So when I got the chance to review a Google Chromecast I was pretty excited to see if it helped keep my music going – clear and uninterrupted!

Because Chromecast Audio uses WiFi instead of Bluetooth, you can stream crystal clear hi res sound.

1)      Listen to your favorite tunes on your speaker

By using your phone, it’s easy to play, pause, or change the volume from anywhere in the home. And while streaming, you can still text or call without interrupting what’s playing or draining your battery.

2)      Crystal clear sound, powered by the cloud

Use Chromecast Audio to stream over Wi-Fi which has many advantages over Bluetooth including higher sound quality.

3)      Enjoy hundreds of your favorite audio apps

Stream millions of songs, radio stations, and podcasts through apps like Pandora, Spotify, YouTube Music, and Google Play Music. (Find more at chromecast.com/apps).

4) Play music everywhere with Multi-room

   Now you can easily fill every room in your home with synchronous music. Simply group Chromecast Audio devices together so you can listen to the same song on multiple speakers.

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Gold Star Goes Veggie: Try The New Vegetarian Chili

Just in time for lent, Gold Star has again become the star with their new vegetarian chili. With a vegetarian in the household sometimes eating out or on the go can get to be little difficult since she doesn’t want to eat a salad for every meal. She was shocked at how much the new veggie chili taste just like meat – in fact, she made me double check with the waitress – she was sure they accidentally gave us the meat one!

The veggie chili I’ve tried to make at home for her is always noticeably vegetarian. Big beans and no ground meat – definitely not something that would ever be mistaken for ‘meat chili.’ I was pleasantly surprised myself on how much this taste like the real deal. If you are going meatless for lent, you have more options than just fish!


We had a good time visiting the Norwood location near Xavier – did you know Gold Star started with burgers? And their Norwood location serves them, so we had to give them a try. My son was impressed with a cheeseburger and chips!
I was pretty impressed with the chili burger – a delicious burger with Gold Star Chili, cheese and Fritos on top!

Don’t just take my word for it – enter to win a $25 Gold Star Chili gift card and try it for yourself! Enter in the rafflecopter below – ends 3/17.

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Decorating Your Child’s Bedroom

When a child comes home after school, one of the first places in the house they go to is their bedroom. Now that you have a family of your own, the next step is to create a happy home in which your child will grow.

Decorating a bedroom according to your children’s wishes will be a fun experience. It is the perfect opportunity to encourage creativity and get them to use their young imaginations. Ask them about their favorite cartoon characters and use paint colors that they prefer. If he or she owns a pet, such as a hamster or fish in an aquarium, a suitable area where they will live will have to be determined before you begin.

While there is a good chance you will be successful the first time that you decorate the room, updates will no doubt need to happen as your child gets older. Here are a few ideas that you can use to enhance the look of your child’s room to suit their personality and age.

Make sure you have the appropriate furniture

Older children need to do their homework. A desk in the corner of the room will provide an area free of distractions. Make sure that the desk has sufficient lighting and decorate the room in monochrome, with a few colorful accessories and unique patterns. One way to increase space for dressers is to purchase a bed with divan storage. In addition, you can install a slide-out truckle bed for when your child wants to invite a friend for a sleepover.

Consider illustrated blinds

One way to be creative is to use graphic patterns to enhance the look of the bedroom. Illustrated blinds are chic and sophisticated. Ask your child to participate by adding a few pictures on the wall in the room.

Now is the chance to let the room stand out, with the help of printed and bold, patterned blinds. Ensure that the walls are durable and keep in mind that wall paneling will need to stand a lot of boisterous behavior from toddlers to teens.

Decorate the room with waterproof shutters

The installation of waterproof window shutters will add significant value to your home. You can rest assured that if your child has a vivid imagination and a taste for experimentation, the shutters will be durable and able to withstand water or humidity. A further benefit of this kind of shutter is that the finish looks similar to wood. Also, they enrich the entire décor of a child’s bedroom. Not only do they make the room look modern, but they also block sunlight and external sounds, allowing your child to sleep better. There is a variety of window shutters available that are decorative and easy to install, such as café-style shutters, and shutters in special shapes to perfectly suit those odd-shaped windows.

Be creative with the lighting

Lighting is an important aspect that will set the tone of a bedroom. There are alternatives to bed lamps or night-lights, which include a trail of fairy lights that can be installed on the wall to create a warm glow. This can look stylish and chic for an older child.

For the most pleasing effect, choose LED lights. A dedicated light source, focused on the artwork on the walls can be a creative way to decorate the room. A calming mural that your child will appreciate, with colors such as green and blue, will provide a soothing effect to the entire space.

Decide which colors your child will enjoy when painting the walls. You have many choices when it comes to the color of the room, and you have the freedom to pick a sophisticated shade instead of a typical Barbie pink, for example, if you have a daughter.

Use your child’s favorite artwork

A mural will not only look creative but will help a child’s imagination to soar. You can use accessories to make the room age-appropriate, and you really don’t need to worry about making everything match. Try to mix fabrics and shades to create an eclectic look. Add florals, with extra spots, stripes and shades to create a sophisticated look.

Remember that your child’s input on decorating is essential. It will give them a sense of responsibility and enhance their self-esteem. Whether you have a son or a daughter, they will come to love their childhood room for the rest of their lives.

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Ice Cream Playdough

This SUPER simple recipe for Ice Cream Play dough will have the kids busy for hours and having tons of fun, it’s safe, it’s edible and best of all it won’t melt.  ☺


  • Frosting (any color or flavor you choose)
  • Powdered Sugar

Ingredients (3)

In a mixing bowl combine 1 cup of frosting with 2 ¾ cups of powdered sugar.  Using the dough hook attachment on your mixer, mix until well combined.  You will notice it will start to look just like you’re mixing up ice cream.  

In Process 3 (1)

If your mix still feels sticky to the touch, slowly add powdered sugar 2 tablespoons at a time until it can be picked up without sticking to your hands.  If your mix is too dry and crumbly add a small amount of olive oil and your problem is solved!  


That’s it!  Enjoy ☺

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