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Friday, November 16, 2018

5 ways your elderly friends + family can depend on you! Plus, how Sam’s Club can help with all your caregiver needs!

This post is sponsored by Depend, Poise, Ensure, and Glucerna but the content and opinions expressed here are my own.

We all know someone who may need a little extra care and assistance. If for some reason you don't, find someone! Help is always needed. We live just down the street from maintenance free villas, filled with numerous elderly friends who could use the extra love, company, and care. Showing someone they can depend on you starts with you! You don't need to have someone living in your home to be a caregiver!

Sam’s Club makes it easy to help you and I, with any caregiver needs we may have.

Sam’s Club offers a variety of items like Depends, Poise, and Ensure. They also offer club pick for items that you may want to be a bit more discreet about, and let’s be honest I, personally love being able to drive right up and have my items ready!  I love the peace of mind Sam’s Club brings, I know exactly what I need can be found there and I know exactly where it can be found. Overall, Sam’s Club makes being a caregiver easier!

I appreciate that Sam’s Club has a pharmacist on duty for any questions or concerns you may have about caregiving. In fact, Sam’s Club entire caregiver program is off the charts amazing!

Once you have all the support + supplies from Sam’s Club you’ll need. You can start working on ways your elderly friends + family can depend on you!

1.) Let them know you’re available. Truly, let them know. If you have an elderly neighbor or relative, reach out. Ask them if there is anything you can do? Offer physical and emotional support.

2.) Create a goodie basket filled up with some of their favorite treats and necessities. You can fill the basket with candy, crossword puzzles, lotion, lip balm, gloves, and more.

3.) Bring a meal. A warm meal will always let them know you care about their well-being. Sam’s Club is also the perfect place to do this! After you’ve picked up all your items to make you an amazing caregiver, pick up an already cooked rotisserie chicken. Add a homemade side, and you’ve got a full meal.

4.) Help with chores around the house. Housework can be a grueling task for anyone, let alone someone who needs a caregiver. Make sure simple everyday task are caught up, as well as some of the harder ones. Chores like changing light bulbs, cleaning baseboards, dusting the fans, and more. Don’t forget about the outdoor chores, like tree trimming, winterizing a house, and so on.

5.) Make sure they have all they need. Make sure their medications are up to date and filled. Make sure they have all the day to day items that will make their day run smoothly. Again, Sam’s Club can help take care of this...from the pharmacy to the food to the household items. The person needing the caregiving can order online and you can pick up and bring it to them! Items like Depends, Poise, Ensure and Glucerna are just a few items the person you’re caregiving make need! These items are all available in bulk and in a convenient location at every Sam’s Club store.

Now that you're armed with ways to help make you an awesome caregiver, head on over to Sam’s Club today and get all that you need!

Friday, November 2, 2018

Halloween 2018

Halloween, I'm always so happy when it's over. I've never liked this Holiday...even as a kid.  I was quite the Halloween Grinch this year. We didn't carve pumpkins ( except with the youth group ), I didn't put up a single Halloween decorations....not a single one, we didn't do a single Halloween craft...and it was lovely lol.I did make them a Halloween lunch filled with an jack-o-lantern orange, Frankenstein jello, ghost cheese stick, and spider sandwich. I should be given mom points becasuse I did take them trick or treating...I also made them give me most of their Reece's as maybe take that mom point away.'s November 2nd...and I'm already listening to Christmas music and preparing to deck the halls! Who's with me?? ?

zoo day recap.

I'm slowly buy surely catching up on blogging. 

This summer...the humidity lifted...and the heat took a break...long enough for us to enjoy free passes to the zoo! kids don't really like the zoo. Our zoo it BIG, and it requires a lot of walking, and I do mean A LOT. Someone is usually hot, thisty, or is just plain D.O.N.E. This trip was no different, but we were able to sneak in some good times before someone had a meltdown. 

This particular trip, it was Brooklyn who ended our day with the animals. The main reason we went to the zoo was to pet stingrays at the new exhibit!I'm not sure who was more excited myself or my children...probably myself. For a $1 you could buy fish and feed the stingrays! The only one brave enough to do it was Jude. Lyla tried...but at the last minute she dropped the slimy treat. We were laughing, ok someone of us were scream laughing out of fear, and petty the stingrays...having a good old time...until the salt water hit poor little Brooke's skinned knees! She tried to hang, but the burning of the salt was just too much for her 3 year old knees to handle. We tried to wash her knees off in the sink...but it was no help. It's a good thing we were able to go to the park and visit the goats, because after the salt water to wound caused such a fuss...we left. 

Despite the rain, we had a great time exploring the zoo with family. 

In other news, I'm still working on getting that land so I can get some goats.

Thursday, October 18, 2018

egg + vinegar experiement.


This was a fun experiment all my children enjoyed and still talk about! This can be done with items you most likely already have in your home!

You only need three things...a glass, and egg, and vinegar.

Simply place the egg in the glass and pour vinegar over the top of it. Sit. Wait. Watch to see what happens.

Take predictions.

In a day or two the shell of the egg should be completely dissolved. 

Why does this happen?

"The acetic acid in vinegar dissolving the shell of an egg by eating away the calcium carbonate, it releases carbon dioxide gas and leaving calcium acetate, which is soluble."

We also used an organic egg and a non-organic egg...and compared the differences...compared how long it took the vinegar to do its thing. 

Tuesday, October 16, 2018

birthday recap.

Brooklyn made a pretty convincing argument to mom, and convinced her to get her a night at The Great Wolf Lodge for her birthday. I'm pretty glad she did, we had so much fun! Grandma, even got to sneak away from work and come swimming with us!

Brooklyn was so excited leading up to this night!! She TOLD everyone she was going to The Great Wolf Lodge! She beamed the whole way there! She was so brave in the water and even went down the water slide once, with dad, but only once! I too braved the water slide with Elisabeth, but only once. I may or may not have screamed the whole way down...water slides aren't my jam.

We skipped school the next day....spend waaaaaaayyyyyy too much money at the arcade #dadhadtowin. We ate pizza with cousins + aunts + grandma. We woke up early and brought back bagels + coffee for breakfast. We requested a birthday poster for the birthday girl. We had a loft room...which didn't matter because no one was brave enough to sleep up there alone. We danced, ate ice cream, admired all the wolf items, and sat by the fire.

This day  made my list on tops days of 2018! 

Wednesday, October 3, 2018

Purina + a 28 day challenge.

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

Meet Samson, the worlds most ornery, and adorable, Labrador.

Actually, now that I think about it...orneriness is most likely a Labrador Retriever thing. I've only ever owned I can't really compare. As you all know, we used to have our beloved Harvey. Harvey lived a long, energetic, healthy 13 years. 

I attribute Harvey's quality of life to many things, one of them being the quality food he was given. Harvey only ate Purina. In fact, Purina is the only brand of dog food I've ever given my pups. 

I want to give our dog Samson the same chance at having a chewing, jumping, tearing apart fences, stealing waffles, and turning into an old dog who only wants to sleep quality of life.

That quality of life starts with his food. 

With Purina ONE® every ingredient has a purpose!! 

Everything that goes into Purina ONE® foods works together to provide balances nutrient for your pet! Purina ONE® is formulated with high quality REAL meat, poultry or fish...this helps support strong muscles for a healthy heart! There are no added fillers or artificial flavors, a mix of vitamins and minerals designed to bring balanced nutrition, support a healthy immune system, eyes, and promotes a shiny, healthy coat.

I don't know about you, but a healthy shiny one of my most favorite features about Labradors...ok...and all dogs! I was excited to see how Purina ONE® could help with his coat! So we began the 28 day challenge to see if we noticed any changes.

For 28 days I feed Sam Purina ONE® and made note of the changes I saw in him.

DAY 1: SAMSON LICKED HIS BOWL CLEAN! Then when I wasn't looking he stuck his head back in the bag and ate some more.

Samson devoured this food! I couldn't even get him to look up to snap a photo of him with the bag...he flat our refused.He just ignored my name calling, whistling, and clapping. He was all like...dude. I'm eating. leave me alone. So, head down...inhaling his the only photo I was able to get on day 1. 

DAY 7: This is when I noticed a change in his...ehem...poop. After a week a of eating Purina ONE® I noticed that his stool was more solid and easier to pick up. I think if nothing else, that's a huge plus!

DAY 12: I noticed a change in his energy. Now, clearly he has an abundance of energy ( hello, its a lab thing again.) BUT I noticed he didn't have as much "bored energy" he wasn't as mischievous in the late mornings...made because his belly was full with wholesome nutritious food!

DAY 20: This is when I really started to notice Samson's coat! The shine! You guys, the shine intensified! I also noticed his eyes appeared brighter...ok and more hungry for his dinner...he really likes his dinner.

I mean look at this face...

Please feed me.

 Here I think he's thinking...please let me in so I can eat some more...

I purchased my Purina ONE® at my local Target! I prefer Target for many reasons. They don't seem to mind that my toddler scales the dog isle shelves (look closely at the photo below). Target has everything available  to meet my pets needs. I especially love how I can save money! 

Now, through 10/6, save $10 when you spend $40 on Purina ONE® Dry Dog and Cat Food and other Purina pet care at Target. 

Also, if you are able to find a Purina coupon online or in the paper...Target allows you to used that on top of the savings they already provide! If they happen to have a Cartwheel offer you can save even more!! 

Want to save even more?? Target is also offering this deal: 

Print a coupon from 9/19 - 10-13: FREE $5 Target GiftCard™ with a Purina pet food, litter, and/or treats purchase of $25 or more!

Did you know that Products are available in both Cat and Dog formulas, in both Dry and Wet varieties. Products in the Purina ONE® line are targeted formulas to meet your pet's special needs and  come in formulas for all life stages? Well, now you do!

Look at him trying to con me, with his cuteness, into giving him more food.

Be sure to head to you local Target today where you'll recieve 5% off + free shipping when you subscribe to Purina ONE® Sign up now to get a $3 off coupon and a personalized food recommendation for your pet! 

Friday, September 28, 2018

Quality time + math is great + Pyramid Solitaire

This post is sponsored by MobilityWare but the content and opinions expressed here are my own.

I was an only child for almost ten years.
Ten years I waited to have someone to play with. I had to be creative up until that point. 
There are not too many games you can play by yourself. Sure, you can craft, color, create...but not too many games allow you to play solo...and have fun! Except one, Solitaire. Oh how I loved solitaire! I played solitaire all.the.time. I wore cards down so thin with the constant shuffling. I was good too!

I was honestly super excited to download the new game Pyramid Solitaire from MobilityWare for this blog post!

It took me a game or two to get the hang of the "strategy"...and by strategy I mean remember my math facts. Holy math skills need some sharpening...this game I know will help! Im not going to lie for the first few games I used the hint button...a lot...I think this is a fantastic feature for when trying to learn the game! There is also an undo option, and there is no limit to the hints or undo's you can use! There is also a timer on the as we became better at Pyramid Solitaire...we raced each other to see if we could beat each others "personal best" score.

After about two games I had the hang of it. The over all gist is that this is like a game of solitaire, only set up like a pyramid...but to get rid of cards you use the math facts of 13. For example, a 9 paired up with a 4 ( which equals 13) clears the line...8 and a 5 makes 13 and that also clears the cards...and so on! Now with face cards...kings are worth 13 so all you have to do is click on the king to clear the card. Queens are 12 and need to be paired with an Ace. Jacks are worth 11 and are paired with 2's.

This sounds easy enough...but in an average of 10 games I win about once or twice. Games like this challenge me and my brain...I tend to be a bit it becomes my goal to clear that pyramid!!! I was so into this game that my children noticed...and they wanted to know what I was up too.Then after teaching them and having them watch me a few times...they asked to play. I grudeingly shared. They loved Pyramid Solitaire just as much as I did!

As I watched my children (ages 11, 9, and 6 ) play I noticed a few more perks of this game. Quality sibling time, they truly enjoyed working together to solve this pyramid. This game makes their brains work.I mentioned earlier math skills...but that is a vast category...I'm going to break down why daily math skills in our lives are so important!
In younger aged children, like my 6 year, old it teaches number recognition, connections, patterns, math facts, In all aged children, and adults, math helps the brain.MATH IS AMAZING! Math trains the brain to to see connections and builds the neural pathways that make the brain stronger for all other things.These pathways open build blocks for other interest! Pathways to analyze and solve problems, stretching the mind to work on unfamiliar tasks with confidence, learning with triaail and error, critical thinking, and there are even studies about how math may help reduce Alzheimer's, and so much more! Math is so cool!

Pyramid Solitaire can help squeeze in a little math, quite "you" time, and even a little quality family time! Be sure to teach "Pyramid" in your App Store today!

Pyramid Solitaire from MobilityWare