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How Children’s FLONASE® Allergy Relief Helps Us Enjoy Football Season

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For the last year we have made a dedicated effort to making sure our family spends as much time outside as possible. The kids come straight home from school and play outside with friends. We take family walks in the evenings. We spend a lot of time on our back deck either in the hot tub or in front of the fire pit. Our goal has been to reduce screen time and increase family time outdoors. And our whole family feels the positive effects of our efforts. Fall is rapidly approaching and in our family that means football season. We are a football family and proud of it. Two of our boys play football and that means lots of hours spent on the practice field and lots of hours spent on the sidelines watching games. 




As much as we love being a football family, all of our kids struggle with seasonal allergies that can make being outside for extended periods of time uncomfortable. It can take the fun right out of football season when they’re dealing with symptoms such as runny nose, sneezing, nasal congestion, and itchy, watery eyes. We’ve worked really hard to create a family environment that includes spending as much time outside as possible and I definitely do not want seasonal allergies to get in the way of that. We take the typical allergy sufferers precautions including changing clothes and showering when coming inside, using HEPA filters in our air conditioner and vacuum cleaner, and wearing sunglasses when we’re outside. But frequently those precautions are just not enough and I reach for the FLONASE® Children’s Allergy Relief for kids ages 4+ because I know it’s available OTC, can provide allergy relief for my kids. Children’s FLONASE® Allergy Relief is a non-habit forming anti-inflammatory that works in your nose to help block the allergic reaction that makes you uncomfortable. While most over the counter allergy pills only act on histamine, Children’s FLONASE® Allergy Relief helps act on 6 inflammatory substances, not just one. *

*Mechanism vs. most OTC allergy pills. FLONASE® acts on multiple inflammatory substances (histamine, prostaglandins, cytokines, tryptases, chemokines and leukotrienes). The exact number and precise mechanism are unknown.
It’s the first and only OTC nasal spray indicated to relieve both nasal congestion and itchy, watery eyes and it outperforms the #1 Non-Drowsy allergy medicine. ** Children’s FLONASE® Allergy Relief is available wherever OTC allergy medicines are sold.

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How Poise Helps Me Be The Fun Mom

This post is part of a social shopper marketing insight campaign with Pollinate Media Group® and Poise, but all my opinions are my own. #pmedia #poiseatkroger http://my-disclosur.es/OBsstV

Ever since I was a little girl I’ve known what kind of mom I wanted to be. I was blessed to grow up with a mom who was fun and playful and encouraged her kids to try new things by trying new things with us. I wanted to be the same kind of mom for my own kids. I want them to grow up and have great memories of me and their childhood. I remember sliding down a huge grassy hill on a cardboard box with my mom and my sister, all of us laughing wildly as we hit the bumps and tumbled off at the bottom. I remember my mom jumping on our backyard trampoline with us while we tried to teach her to do a back flip. She never did master that trick but it sure was fun watching her try. I’m committed to being that kind of a fun, engaged, involved mom. I have 5 amazing kids who are active and busy and I want to be a part of that with them. 


I’m the mom who will climb in the bouncy house with my kids and show them how to do back flips. I want to go down the big bouncy house slide with them and laugh.


I’m the mom who will be cheering loudly in the stands while my kid does the tip off in his basketball game.


I’m the mom who is going to laugh out loud at the movie in the park night with our neighborhood friends.


I’m the mom who loves to be doing the monkey bars with my son instead of just watching him try it on his own. 


I’m the mom who is scootering around the neighborhood with the kids instead of walking behind them.


I’m the mom who is sledding down the driveway instead of cheering her kids on while they go sledding.

That’s the example that was set by my mom that I am determined to live up to every day. But there’s one thing my mom didn’t have to deal with. Light bladder leakage. See, my sister and I are adopted so my mom never experienced pregnancy or childbirth. I, on the other hand, have grown and squeezed 3 of my 5 tiny humans out of my body. It takes a toll, y’all. It takes a toll. Especially on my bladder control! 


When it comes to light bladder leaks there’s a choice to be made- keep worrying and limit your activities or seize control with Poise Thin Shape Pads! I’ve accepted that light bladder leakage is a part of my life but it doesn’t have to take over my life. That’s why I grabbed a pack of Poise Thin Shape Pads on a shopping trip to Kroger. They are discreet and offer different absorbency levels to help you choose the best protection for your lifestyle. In a busy life full of too many things to worry about, Poise Thin Shape Pads help take one worry off my plate. I’m free to jump in the bouncy house, laugh out loud at a funny movie, play basketball and soccer with my kids, take my kids horseback riding, cheer at my kids games, and maybe if I can find a big enough hill we’ll go sliding down it on a cardboard box. It is tradition after all. 

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Delicious Turtle Cheesecake With Sara Lee

This post is part of a social shopper marketing insight campaign with Pollinate Media Group® and Sara Lee Desserts, but all my opinions are my own. #pmedia #SaraLeeDesserts http://my-disclosur.es/OBsstV

I come from a long line of women who show love with food. I was raised by a mom who believed with all of her heart that a good bowl of made from scratch bread pudding could cure even the worse day. We celebrated milestones with delicious homemade treats and we drowned our sorrows in decadent concoctions. Now that I’m grown with a family of my own I find myself following in the traditions of my childhood. We celebrate milestones and accomplishments with delicious treats. Everyone has their own favorite treats in our family. Ty likes anything with pound cake. Maia craves chocolate. Mase loves ice cream treats. Zoey wants fruit based desserts. And Matt, well Matt is my classic cheesecake lover. 


For Matt’s birthday this year he said he didn’t really want to do anything in celebration. I guess he doesn’t want to celebrate getting one year closer to 40. But I can’t let the big 3-9 go past without doing something, right? What better way to celebrate than with a delicious Sara Lee Classic Cheesecake? I knew immediately what I wanted to make to help Matt celebrate getting another year older- a delicious Turtle Cheesecake. I hit the Food Lion right by my house one morning after dropping the kids off at school to grab all the ingredients I needed to prepare this special surprise. 


I loved the ease of just being able to thaw the Sara Lee Classic Cheesecake and add the toppings to turn the original cheesecake into a Deluxe Turtle Cheesecake perfect for a birthday celebration. It was a truly delicious, rich and creamy dessert with toppings that just added an amazing pop of flavor with every single bite. 


1 Sara Lee Classic Cheesecake
4 Tbsp chocolate sauce
4 Tbsp caramel sauce
1/2 cup chopped pecans
3/4 cup mini chocolate chips

1- Thaw cheesecake according to directions on package.
2- Top with chocolate sauce.
3- Add chopped pecans and chocolate chips.
4- Drizzle caramel sauce over top.
5- Serve with a smile.




You can adjust the amount of chocolate and caramel sauces to fit your own tastes. For us, I know Matt loves the cheesecake itself the most and the toppings give just a hint of flavor for him. Now if it were a Turtle Cheesecake that I was making for myself I would have that sweet treat smothered in all the caramel sauce. 



Use the instant redemption coupon on your Sara Lee Original Cream Classic Cheesecake package for $1.50 off the purchase of one cheesecake good through 3/31 while supplies last. Imagine all the delicious and decadent topping possibilities to turn your Sara Lee Classic Cheesecake into your own personal masterpiece, for entertaining or just to enjoy by yourself….in the closet while hiding from your family. Not that I would ever do that. Check out Sara Lee on Pinterest or Facebook for some more great ideas!


5 Tips For Hosting A Stress Free Football Sunday Funday

It’s no secret that we are huge football fans, right? I’m fairly certain we border on fanatics with our love of the game. Our boys play football and every Sunday is dedicated to the game. We often host a group of friends and family on Sunday’s to enjoy the games with us plus my teenage son loves to invite his friends to join the fun. It’s not unusual for us to have 25 or 30 people in our house for a Sunday full of football fun! And I love it. I love hosting, I love watching the games surrounded by friends, and I really love that my house ends up being the hang out house for my kids and their friends. Over the years I’ve found my own style for playing hostess on big game days. While I enjoy a house full of people I also want to enjoy watching the games with them. There are some simple tricks and tips that I use in order to make sure everyone, myself included, has a great time on Football Sunday Funday!


1- Keep it on ice- I use coolers and buckets full of ice to keep our drinks cold during the games. If it’s a Sunday with nice weather we open up the french doors onto the deck and keep the buckets out there for easy access. On days with not-so-nice weather we keep the buckets and coolers in the garage. I always plan on at least 4 buckets to offer a variety of drinks for our guests- soda, water, beer, and sweet tea are always safe bets for our crowd. 

2- Place your bets- We like to have fun and keep our guests engaged while we watch the games. I print up game sheets showing all the games for the day and have our guests pick their winners. Whoever gets the most game winners right wins a prize. The prize is usually a gift card for a restaurant and it’s just a fun little way to get everyone involved in who wins the games.

3- Watch in comfort- I always make sure we have plenty of seating for guests. We are lucky to have a huge sectional in our family room that seats up to 12 people. We also use the dining room chairs, and other random chairs from around the house. I use comforters and big pillows on the floor for the kids and I’ve even brought in the comfortable chairs from our outdoor fire pit when we needed extra seating. I keep a stack of blankets and extra throw pillows out for guests to make themselves comfortable.

4- Play Game Day Bingo- Who doesn’t love Bingo? There are a couple of different ways to play Game Day Bingo but our favorite way is to play Penalty Flag Bingo. We use bingo cards with players numbers and different penalties. Match the penalty or player number as the game goes on and mark with a sticker or a peanut. First to get 5 in a row wins! I ask guests to bring one of their Favorite Things with a price limit of $5. We put all the things in a bag and the winner gets to pick a prize from the bag. Any unused prizes are held for the next Football Sunday Funday. 

5- Don’t forget the feast- The most important part of any Football Sunday Funday party is the food! Am I right?! I love to host and serving great food is a part of that. But I also want to watch the games and not be stuck in the kitchen cooking. That’s why I love to serve DIGIORNO Original Rising Crust pizzas for our Football Sunday Funday parties. With my amazing new double ovens I can bake 4 pizzas at one time and serve hot and fresh-baked DIGIORNO pizza to all my guests. DIGIORNO® helps me get the most out of game day. Each pizza bakes up hot and fresh in my own oven so I can enjoy the moments that matter with the people who matter.




DIGIORNO Original Rising Crust pizzas come in a variety of delicious flavors to satisfy all my guests, no matter what they love on their pizzas. With dough that rises to crust perfection, toppings guests can’t get enough of and a mouthwatering aroma they’ll crave, DIGIORNO pizza comes out of the oven ready to serve in about 20 minutes. The pizzas are always a huge hit for our Football gatherings. I always slice them small so guests can mix and match their favorite flavors without feeling like they are overeating. We all have our own favorite flavors but honestly they are all delicious and it’s hard to pick just one. The crust bakes to perfection and the flavors just explode in your mouth with every bite. 



Like a play that works every time, DIGIORNO® Original Rising Crust® pizza has a fresh-baked taste that can only come from your oven – so when you’re hosting your crew on game day, you can be confident that you’re making the right call by serving DIGIORNO. It makes our Football Sunday Funday gatherings amazing and keeps the friends and family coming back for the whole season!

I was selected for this opportunity as a member of Clever Girls and the content and opinions expressed here are all my own.


Creating New Daddy Gift Baskets With Cubero Cigars

This post is part of a social shopper marketing insight campaign with Pollinate Media Group® and Scandinavian Tobacco Group, but all my opinions are my own. #pmedia #masteryourblend  http://my-disclosur.es/OBsstV

One of the things we are striving to teach our kids is to give back to the community, to get involved, and to help others. The best way to teach them these lessons is to model the behavior we want them to display. In the spirit of giving back my husband runs a new daddy support group through our church. The group meets once a week and they not only learn important skills such as changing diapers, swaddling, how to burp, and how to soothe a crying baby, they also are able to talk about their fears and expectations. Matt really loves running this group, he’s made a lot of new friends and he feels great about his contribution to the church community. One of my favorite parts is helping brainstorm the new father gift ideas. Matt gets a call whenever one of the dads-to-be in the group is in the hospital waiting for the birth of a new baby and we take a gift basket up to the hospital.


One thing we learned from our own experiences having our children- dad gets neglected when it comes to packing for a stay in the maternity wing. After the birth of our third child my poor husband was in the hospital with no change of clothes, no toiletries, and nothing to snack on. He stole my jello. My daughter was born early and I barely remembered to bring my labor items, let alone anything for Matt. So when we decided to create new daddy baskets for the members of his group we focused on necessities- toothbrush, toothpaste, mouthwash, shampoo, body wash, deodorant, some non-perishable snacks, and of course, a pack of Cubero Cigars to celebrate the happy occasion. 



Cubero Cigars give a premium smoking experience, perfect for those with sophisticated palettes. With these natural leaf cigarillos, you are able to experience fusion flavors and great quality for just a fraction of the price! I picked up 2 blends for our most recent baskets, blend 35 and blend 12.

Blend 35- Sweet: fine tobacco with rum, a hint of mint and sugar cane for a sweet finish
Blend 07- Wine: naturally sweet tobacco with a distinct taste of grape and an oak-like nuance
Blend 12- Mocha: medium bodied tobacco that provides a smooth taste with chocolate and coffee overtones



The new dads are always very appreciative to receive a basket focused solely on them when the majority of the focus is typically on the mom and new baby. Dads need love too! I’m really proud of my husband for the great work he does with his new daddy support group. He’s making a difference and making great new friends in the process. Every new dad deserves to celebrate the momentous occasion of their birth of a first child and there’s no better way than with a celebratory Cubero Cigar. To sign up for free coupons and to find a retailer near you visit Cubero Cigars website here.