Food/Beverage, Gift Guides, Healthy Living

DIY Care Packages for those in Need and those that Help – Giveaway

I am a Premier Protein Ambassador and they are featured in this post as sponsored #TheDayIsYours

Care packages are packages that show you care as the name states. Whether you want to help out someone in need, comfort someone who you are apart from or reward those that help, putting together a care package can offer some much needed items to help someone out.

We keep homeless care packages in the back of the car. Whether we box up leftovers at a restaurant or hand over a care package it gives those in need some comfort and necessities that I would hope gets them by. I change the homeless DIY care packages up for different seasons. Then if my son is with me I encourage him to grab a bag from the trunk and we make a new friend and hand him or her a bag. We get a thank you and my son adopts a prideful smile and we check stock to see how many more we have for the next encounter whenever that may be.

DIY Care Packages for those in Need and those that Help

In the winter our homeless packages include gloves, cough drops hand warmers. In the summer I include chapsticks and moist wipes to cool down a hot and sweaty face. If I can come across small sunscreen samples I may include that too. I typically make up 4-5 at a time. Sometimes I can hand out 2 a week and sometimes it can be 2 weeks before I cross paths with someone who can use one. No matter the season I always have a water bottle, extra pair of socks, bandaids, Kleenex, a toothbrush and a nutrition bar. I may add more depending on what I can round up to add with these items.

These last packs we made include Premier Protein bars. What a great bite of nutrition on a long day. They are coated in yogurts and chocolates but it is a thin coating and they seem to hold up well when in a warm car for a bit. They don’t turn to goo and mush so these bars are great to add in the summer as well as winter.

Another care package I assemble every year are volunteer bags. I am on the PTA Board and our biggest event of the year at the school is the June Water Carnival. We need so many volunteers for this event-close to 60! So, leading up to the long day I make DIY volunteer care packages that are handed out when our volunteers check in. The event chair types out instructions for the volunteers depending on their task and we insert those into the bags. Also included are a name badge, a lei (this helps us find volunteers in a sea of children and teachers), snacks and a bottle of water for them to have on hand.

Like the homeless packages, I include nutrition bars. This year Premier Protein graciously provided me with bars to give to our volunteers. This saves on the PTA budget and gives the parents that protein without artificial additives they need in delicious flavors. Thank you Premier Protein for being apart of these packages for such deserving people-in need or just helping out.

The Giveaway

1 lucky reader will win a Premier Protein package. Ends 6/30/2017. Open to US and 18+. Good luck

Home, Parenting

Purex Crystals Laundry Fragrance Booster

Thank you to Smiley 360 and Purex for the partnership for this feature and sending free product

 Do you love your laundry coming out of the dryer scented? How about when you reach in your drawer and put on a shirt and it still has that scent? Do you sniff your own shirt a few times? I do! Purex Crystals has the new Aromatherapy scents and when I walked by my husband and his shirt smelled good, I knew I recognized where that scent came from. It was the Purex Crystals Energy still on his shirt from laundry several days ago!

Purex Crystals Laundry Fragrance Booster

Purex Fragrance Booster Crystals come in 3 varieties now- standard Purex Crystals, Purex Crystals Aromatherapy and  Purex Crystals Botanicals. The Botanicals are infused with essential oils and the Aromatherapy have unique scent blends. All keep freshness within your clean laundry for up to 12 weeks.

 Just ad a capful to your laundry drum and start a load. Even after drying you will have an extra freshness.

With the Botanical scents like Cherry Blossom & Ginger and Warm Sandalwood & Vanilla you can have your favorite essential oils become a part of your laundry routine. They are dye free.

You can find all varieties of Purex Crystals at retailers near you. Learn more about Purex Crystals.

Gift Guides, Home

New Gaming Consoles: Atari Flashback 8 Gold and the Sega Genesis Flashback


Gaming Consoles Coming Fall 2017: Atari Flashback 8 Gold and the Sega Genesis Flashback

OK SEGA and ATARI fans! The newer consoles will be here in the fall. Many of your favorite classic games are back and pre-loaded into these consoles. Need a refresher on what those classic games are?

Are you excited yet? Here are some more features you get with each console

Atari Flashback® 8 Gold features

  • Two all new, high performance 2.4ghz wireless controllers included
  • two legacy controller ports for optional wired joysticks or paddles
  • 720p HDMI output
  • scan line filtering
  • save/pause/rewind feature for every game

Also from Atari coming soon:

  • The Atari Flashback® 8 Classic Game Console returns in a new value-priced edition, complete with 105 all-time favorites
  • The Atari Flashback® Portable Game Player features an amazing selection of 70 built-in games

Screenshots for Atari Flashback 8 Gold

Sega Genesis Flashback features

  • stunning new design, reminiscent of the original console
  • 85 built-in games as well as an integrated cartridge port that plays almost all of your favorite Sega Genesis and Mega Drive original cartridges
  • Two new high performance 2.4ghz wireless controllers included
  • two legacy controller ports for optional wired gamepads
  • 720p HDMI output
  • scan line filtering
  • save/pause/rewind feature for every game

Also from Sega coming soon

  •  The Classic Game Console returns in a new value-priced edition, complete with 81 all-time favorites
  • The Ultimate Portable Game Player returns with an enhanced selection of 85 built-in 16-bit Sega Genesis and Mega Drive classic games.



Screenshots for Sega Genesis Flashback

What games are you excited to play again? Tell me in comments below. 

Kids, Parenting

Debunking Some Myths Of The “All Natural” Parenting Craze

Overall, the push for parents to be more natural in how they run their homes and raise their children is a good thing. After all, kids who are raised eating healthfully are more likely to have healthy food habits later on in life. Furthermore, there’s absolutely no harm in teaching your kids about recycling or living a “green” lifestyle. In fact, it will make them better and more responsible citizens as adults.

Debunking Some Myths Of The All Natural Parenting Craze

However, there is sadly a new movement of parents who take “all natural” to a level where it becomes downright dangerous to both them and their children. To ensure that you have a natural household but not a dangerous household, here are some natural parenting myths, debunked.

Myth: Vaccines Are Dangerous For Children

Sadly, there are too many parents out there who believe the myths promulgated by celebrities over the expertise of obstetricians, such as Max Izbicki. Max Izbicki is one of the growing list of medical professionals who are seeing more and more patients who are reluctant to vaccinate their children based on something they read on social media.

Remember, there is absolutely no evidence that vaccines cause any sorts of diseases or mental health issues. However, there have been cases of children becoming very ill or even passing away due to illnesses that would have been preventable had they been vaccinated. Do the smart thing and just say no to the anti-vaccine movement.

Myth: Breastfeeding For Many Years Is Good For The Child

There is currently a big trend in mothers breastfeeding their children far past infancy, with some kids being upwards of 12-years-old and still breastfeeding. While breastfeeding older children used to be something that only “crazy people” did, this trend has become more mainstreamed thanks to supposedly holistic “mommy bloggers.”

There is no evidence that breastfeeding an older child has any mental or physical benefits. Furthermore, there is actually evidence that when older children breastfeed, it sets them up for potentially serious dental problems down the road. The exact age when you should stop breastfeeding varies, but it’s far younger than 12-years-old.

Myth: Gluten Is Bad For You

More and more “natural moms” are removing gluten from the equation entirely when it comes to feeding their families. There is only one time when removing gluten from the diet is necessary and that’s when you have an allergy to it. While gluten-free enthusiasts swear that they feel more energized without gluten in their lives, it is most certainly a placebo effect, as there is no scientific reason as to why a gluten non-sensitive person would feel improved health after cutting out the substance.

Essentially, unless your child has Celiac disease, let them have toast. Depriving your child of a perfectly healthy substance that they have no allergy to is extremely unnecessary. If you think your child might have a gluten sensitivity or allergy, have them tested by a doctor.

It’s admirable to want to raise your child as naturally as possible, but you should never take this too far. Some “natural” parenting techniques can actually end up having a harmful effect. If you want to be natural, focus on feeding your kids a clean diet, teaching them about the earth and imparting upon them the importance of medical professionals.