We are Keeping The Flu At Bay This Year

This Year my family is keeping the flu at bay, we have had our flu shots. I know you can still get sick and with kids in school it is more likely to happen so I am stocked up on everything I need for this flu season.

From Headaches to runny noses, stomach aches and sleepless nights. These Pfizer products take care of all your childs cold symptoms.
As a mom of three, If one kid gets sick then my whole house gets sick.

I love Pfizer products because they are so easy to use and its a trustworthy brand all moms love. So far this fall and cold season we have been lucky to not get any illness in my house. I know that will change though, as soon as it gets a bit colder.

Children’s Advil® Suspension, Grape (ages 2-11)
Children’s Robitussin ® Day and Night Cough Relief value pack (Ages 6+)
Children’s Dimetapp® Multi-Symptom Cold Relief Dye-Free (ages 6+)

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I absolutely love the the value pack. It helps so much when my kids are sick. Keep them cough free during the day, and lets them sleep at night when their noses are running and they are coughing all night.
The Children’s Dimetapp is a multi flu symptom, and helps with all flu symptoms like watery and itchy eyes, sneezing, and more.
Children’s Advil is perfect to keep fevers down, and headaches and pains away.

Pfizer products can be found at most retailers nationwide. Read more about these products here.

Disclosure: This post has been sponsored by Pfizer Consumer Healthcare. All thoughts and reviews are my own.

Super Wubble Ball Brite Review

Wubble is introducing a new fun ball to their line up. The Super Wubble Ball Brite. It’s a Wubble ball but it lights up different colors.

When we first got it my kids were so excited they loved all the Wubble Balls we have received in the past. With this ball they were more excited because they could play with it at night and not have to worry about seeing where the ball went and finding it. They had a blast playing with the Super Wubble Ball Brite.

Unfortunately some downsides we noticed. The ball only lights up for 20 seconds before you have to hit the button again. The button to light up the ball is rather hard to get to without risking putting a hole in the Wubble ball. For us we got about 45 minutes of play before our first hole arrived. We patched it and had a little more playtime before the ball deflated. The texture of the ball seemed a little different then the original Wubble Ball.When the ball was inflated it seemed just a bit heavier, but I’m sue that that is from the lighting mechanism.

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Overall its a good ball if your very careful and don’t want to worry about the ball lighting up. Its just you have to pinch the ball to get to the lighting mechanism, that is what was the major cause of the hole in our ball. Lighting it up to much. The good thing about Wubble balls is they are easy to patch small holes.

You can buy the Super Wubble Ball Brite at retailers Nationwide or on their website.

Disclosure: This is a compensated post on behalf of Wubble Ball, a product was also provided. All opinions are 100% my own.

Butterball Turkey Giveaway ($20 towards your holiday meal) 11/15

Every year I partner with Butterball, to giveaway Butterball Turkey checks on my blog. They are amazing and hep with the costs of a nice Thanksgiving dinner. This year Im doing it again. Butterball has some amazing things going on for Thanksgiving 2017.

Butterball always wants to make sure you are having the best Thanksgiving you can. All that matters is that you have your family and friends to share it with, but of course everyone wants that perfect meal.

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Butterball has so many ways to help:

Text Help (844-877-3456): Send the Turkey Talk-Line a text! Holiday cooking text help will be available starting Nov. 1, with extended hours starting the week of Thanksgiving.
Facebook and Twitter: Help is available through the Butterball Facebook and Twitter pages with tips, special savings and more.
Pinterest: Find Thanksgiving recipe inspiration for your holiday celebration on the Butterball Pinterest page.
Instagram: Follow Butterball on Instagram to get a behind-the-scenes look, recipe development for our Thanksgiving meal and more.
Live Chats: Engage with turkey experts through Live Chats on Butterball.com during November and December and receive real-time suggestions and advice.
Butterball App: Download the free Butterball Cookbook Plus™ app on your Apple or Android device to get recipe ideas and cooking advice at your fingertips.
Email: Contact the Talk-Line via email by visiting Butterball.com.
1-800-BUTTERBALL (1-800-288-8372): Turkey Talk-Line experts will be available this season starting November 1, 2017, through December 24, 2017, to answer questions and assist all Thanksgiving cooks.

Amazing how much help they give to help get your holiday meals ready.

THANKSGIVING EMOJI:
Butterball wants your help making the Thanksgiving emoji a reality. Every holiday has a emoji except Thanksgiving. Head on over and sign the petition to help. They have almost reached there goal.

I am giving away 2 Butterball Turkey gift checks (a $20 value towards your meal).

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Entenmanns Little Bites have been a big hit in my house.

I have reached that point in the school year where,my kids lunch are now becoming boring and dull. They say its always the same spice it up. A sandwich, fruit, drink and some kind of snack. I was offered to try Entenmanns Little Bites and they were a hit immediately.

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Honestly, overtime I got ready to take pictures of the Little Bites for this post. I would find the boxes empty. My kids loved them so much they were sneaking them as a snack throughout the day. They have been a major success in lunches too. There are so many charities to choose from they never get boring.
For the fall season they even have a limited edition Pumpkin Muffin. My two favorites are the Party Cake and the Chocolat Chip Muffin.
They come in individual packages so they are the perfect on the go snack.

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You can find Entenmanns Little Bites are retailers nationwide and find out whats new n their website.

Disclosure: No Compensation was received for this post. Product was provided for review. All opinions are 100% my own.

Why Biz Stain Fighter Works On Everything

My kids are getting old and the stains are getting worse. Sports bring grass stains, having tweens brings makeup stains. The ultimate dreaded crafts stains, and slime stains. So I have been using Biz Stain fighter on every load of laundry I use.

Tougher stains I will pretreat overnight and then wash in the morning. So here is the Question: Does Biz really work on everything.

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I have used Biz Stain fighter on upholstery, carpet, clothes, rugs, and even different stains. Slime, chocolate, pasta sauce, juice, and grass. So far it has worked wonders. Some stains you have to treat a few times but it does come out. Biz Stainfighter is also a lot less money than other brands making it perfect to stock up and save.

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I do laundry so much with kids in the house. This is usually my daily set up. Laundry with Biz on the side to make sure I don’t forget to add it to every load.

You can fine Biz Stain fighter at most retail locations near you or online at their website.

Disclosure: This is a compensated post as a ambassador for the Biz Brand. All opinions are 100% my own.

5 Kid Emergencies You May Have To Face As A Parent

While having a kid is a great blessing, it is not always smooth sailing. Kids are difficult, and you never know what sort of situation you are going to face throughout the course of raising them. There are plenty of emergencies you may face as a direct result of having kids, and it’s important that you are prepared for all of them. Below are 5 emergencies that your kids may face one day, and how you can help them to deal with it as their parent.

A Bad Breakup
While not a true emergency for you perhaps, it will feel like one for your kid. Breakups are tough no matter how old you are, but they can be especially bad for teenagers. Teenagers tend to be more emotional, and as a result the breakup feels more intense. As a parent, it’s going to be your job to console your child, and help them to get back on their feet. Don’t belittle their feelings, and give them time to process everything. It may seem like they are overreacting, but to them they are behaving normally. Just be patient and kind, and your child will get through it.

They Are In A Car Accident
Another situation that comes along with teenagers is when they learn to drive. No matter how well you prepare them, there is always the possibility that they get into a car accident. If you’re lucky, it will only be a minor one, with some small damage to the car and no one getting hurt. Whatever the situation though, your child will likely need you there to help them get through their accident, telling them what to do. Car accidents are scary, especially if you have never been in one before, so be prepared to drive out to wherever your kid is and help them out once they learn to drive.

A Medical Emergency
The one thing every parent fears is something happening to their child. Perhaps they get sick, or they are injured in some way. It’s going to be a scary time for you as a parent, but you’ll need to work past it in order to help your child. They may need a ride to the doctor or hospital, or perhaps help getting better. The best thing you can do is ensure that they get the help they need, and that you are there for support along the way. If you’re fortunate, your child will be back to their normal selves before long.

They’re Arrested
Unfortunately, kids are not perfect. They are going to make mistakes along the way, and as a parent you can only hope that they learn from them. However, there may come a time when you get a phone call in the middle of the night from your kid, telling you they have been arrested. Perhaps they are facing drug possession charges, or they were caught drinking under age. When this happens, try to stifle your anger until you get the situation worked out. Head on over to the police station, and find a lawyer if need be. Hopefully the crime was something small, and the worst punishment your kids will have to face will come from you.

A School Related Emergency
Finally, unless you are homeschooling your child, there may come a time when there is a situation at your kid’s school. Perhaps they became sick during lunch, or they got into a fight with another student. You’ll likely have to take time out of your day to go to the school and figure out what comes next.

If you work at a job that is unlikely to let you leave in the middle of the day to head to your kid’s school, it’s important to have someone you can call during an emergency like this to go and pick up your kid. You hope this never happens, but in the event that it does, it’s good to have a plan in place.

Be Prepared For All Scenarios
There’s no telling what will happen with your kid as they grow up. But what is certain is that it is not going to be a smooth ride. You’ll have to leave work on short notice sometimes, or head on over to the scene of a car accident in the middle of the night. It’s hard to plan for things like these, but there are a few things you can do.

Always make sure you cell phone is charged and on, so that your child can reach you. Next, have some savings built up in case your kid needs it, or you need to miss a few days of work. Finally, help your kid learn from any mistakes they make, so that you don’t have to deal with the same situation again in the future. If you can do little things like this, you’ll be better prepared should any emergency arise with your kids.

Go Back To School With Elmer’s Glue and Expo 9/25

School starts tomorrow for us and as a parent I’m excited for them to get back and learn. I know they are excited to see friends and get into a routine. Depending on schools the supply list can be never ending. Thankfully Elmer’s Glue and Expo have always been trusted brands parents trust.

Some new products that these great brands have just in time for back to school this year are:

Elmer’s is taking craft projects to the next level with Disappearing Purple Liquid School Glue that goes on purple but dries clear so teachers can see exactly where students are gluing. Its Re-Stick Glue Stick allows for the repositioning of items for up to five minutes to make sure projects come out great!

EXPO Dry Erase Markers with Ink Indicator With its clear ink barrel, teachers – and their students – can see exactly how much ink is remaining. Other product features include high visibility and low odor ink. Also available in six bold and bright colors: Black, Blue, Red, Green, Purple, and Lime.

I have never been a great crafter or even helping my kids with their school projects I always glue something wrong. These Re-stick glue stick is amazing as you can replace the picture anywhere within 5 minutes and it will still stay.
The Expo markers are great no more guessing if the marker is dried out, out of ink, or just not working.

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Pfizer Products Keep Kids Healthy This summer

My kids have been all over this summer, between friends houses, school functions and camp. Its hard to keep track of what they are touching or if they are around other sick kids. Having Pfizer products on hand has alway done my family well to keep germs and sickness away all year.

Ive been lucky to keep most sickness at bay this summer with camps. Unfortunately my son went to the park with friends all day. the next day he was sick, it was really hard on him since it is summer and he had to stay in for being sick. With playground equipment though if a kid is sick, and touches anything everyone is at risk of getting those germs.

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Children’s Advil® Suspension, Grape (ages 2-11)
Children’s Robitussin ® Extended-Release 12 Hour Cough Relief (ages 4+)
Children’s Dimetapp® Multi-Symptom Cold Relief Dye-Free (ages 6+)

Having these products on hand all summer has been a blessings, for sickness, headaches, and the common cough. If my kids aren’t being there normal super hyper selfs then I know they are coming down with something its the easiest way to tell.

You can read more about Pfizer products and there campaign Sick Just Got Real.

Disclosure: This is a compensated post on behalf of Pfizer products. All opinions are 100% my own.

Biz Is Helping Me Fight Everyday Stains.

I have been using Biz Stainfighter for over a year now, and it is my go to product for all stains. From clothes, carpets. furniture. I use it on everything. And it works to different lengths on everyday stains.

I put on cup of Biz Stainfighter in each wash, to help keep our clothes clean. If there is a tough stain I let it soak overnight in Biz just to get that tough stain out.  My kids stain so much everyday and they can be the hardest stains to get out but pre-treating and washing, does the job.

Lately the newest trend has been slime in my house, The kids love to make it. It;s the biggest everyday stainsBiz Stain Fighter maker in my house.  Unfortunately it’s very sticky and gets everywhere. my carpet becomes a mess between the slime and the food dye they use to color it. Biz has helped keep the stains to a minimum and get the sticky slime up out of the carpet.

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I was skeptical at first that it would work but it has been amazing at fighting any kind of stain. It really gets the job done.

To see where you can find Biz Stainfighter products please go here.

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Start Saving Early with College Savings, And Use Index Funds to Save Mommy & Daddy Time

People always say it’s never too early to start saving for college. That has never been truer.
Not only has student debt in the United States climbed to a record $1.4 trillion, but college prices continue to soar way faster than inflation and wage growth. From January 2006 to July 2016, the Consumer Price Index for college tuition and fees increased 63 percent, with consumer prices for college textbooks jumping 88 percent and housing at school (excluding board) rising 51 percent, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics. Meanwhile, inflation has hovered mostly below 3 percent in the past decade while wage growth averaged only 6.29 percent growth from 1960 to 2017.
All of this means parents ought to start saving for college as early as possible, maybe even before their kids are born. The earlier they start, the more time their money has to grow and take advantage of the power of compounding.
Compounding happens when you reinvest your returns and those returns earn more returns and so on. Because investments can increase in value over time – and the longer the time, the greater the value – it’s important to start early to maximize the benefits of compounding.
For example, you begin investing $200 per month at the age of 25 in a tax-deferred retirement plan earning 9 percent, and your friend starts investing in the same plan at 45, but invests $400 per month. At age 65, you will both have invested a total of $96,000, but your investment would have grown to $884,000, while your friend’s investment would be worth only $268,000. This is because of your 20 extra years of compounding.
However, even with compounding interest on a savings account, savings accounts aren’t likely to keep pace fast enough with skyrocketing college costs. Instead, families should look to stocks for a better return. On average, the S&P 500 index returns 7 percent per year, adjusted for inflation, over the long-term. That compares to an annual percentage yield of 1 percent or less over the past decade for savings accounts.
The S&P 500 index is a basket of stocks aiming to reflect the overall return characteristics of the general stock market. Stocks in the S&P 500 index are chosen based on market capitalization, industry and liquidity.
But parents, already busy with work and kids, probably don’t have a lot of time to research and pick stocks for their educational savings portfolio. And even if they did, studies have shown it’s extremely difficult to choose a portfolio of stocks that consistently beats the S&P 500 index. Even if you hand your money to a professional money manager, most of them would also fail at this.
In the five years ending in 2015, 84 percent of large-cap funds generated a return less than the S&P 500. In the 10-year period ending in 2015, 82 percent of large-cap funds failed to beat the index. S&P Dow Jones’ 15th annual scorecard showed that over 15 years, 92 percent of large-cap, 95 percent of mid-cap and 93 percent of small-cap fund managers underperformed their benchmark.
Fortunately, there’s an easier way. It’s called low-cost index funds. An index fund is a mutual fund or exchange-traded fund (ETF) constructed to match or track a specific market index, such as the S&P 500 index. These are passively managed funds, as opposed to actively managed by a fund manager who buys and sell stocks based on research. Index fund costs, expressed as expense ratios, are much lower than in actively managed funds because they don’t require a research team or as many commission fees from moving into and out of stocks.
“When trillions of dollars are managed by Wall Street-ers charging high fees, it will usually be the managers who reap outsized profits, not the clients,” said Warren Buffett, legendary investor and Chairman of Berkshire Hathaway, in his most recent annual report to stockholders. “Both large and small investors should stick with low-cost index funds.”
Since there are so many types of market indexes out there, families don’t have to worry about diversity in their portfolio. If you believe technology outperform retail stocks, there are plenty of technology funds from which to choose and different ways you can allocate money to ensure broad diversification. You can even go more granular and choose a technology fund focused on a certain area within technology, e.g. software, Internet or semiconductors.
You also can set your account to reinvest any distributions automatically to take advantage of compounding and link your bank account to deposit money into the fund each month.
Investment possibilities are endless, and probably easier than you thought.

Guest Post written by Monica Taylor, Guest Author and soon to be blogger.

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