Thursday, March 29, 2012

Manage Allergies with Children’s Claritin; Mom Crew


Growing up I never had to think about allergies, most of my family didn’t have any and those of us who did, were allergic to medicines. Easy enough to deal with, I myself am allergic to penicillin products and Sudafed. I know to tell my doctors not to prescribe it. Simple! Then I met my husband, as a child he was allergic to dust, pollen and cats. As an adult he is still allergic to cats so we don’t have one. Then we moved to NY and all of a sudden I developed seasonal allergies!

Thus began the constant sneezing, itchy eyes, running nose, as well as a few other (oh so) fun allergy symptoms. WHY ME?  At almost 30? WHY NOW? After going my whole life as an (semi) allergy-free girl, I have allergies as an adult? And I had always thought you developed allergies as a child not as an adult.

Then I met my new best friend: Claritin. Claritin so far has been the only medication to ease all of my symptoms. My daughter, now 4, was diagnosed with severe allergies at 9 months old. She was allergic to milk, soy, eggs, as well as a bunch of other environmental stimuli's, it seemed like she was allergic everything! And our doctor recommended Children's Claritin. My best friend became her best friend too.

MomCrewMemberButton finalSo, I am overjoyed to announce that I am a Children’s Claritin Mom Crew Member ambassador! What does that mean for you? Well, it means that I will be able to give you updates, hints and tips, and sometimes products received directly from Children's Claritin. Not to mention all the other Mom Crew Members!

We already use Claritin, so I think it will be great to actually work with them and the rest of the Claritin Mom Crew. Keep checking back here for updates on Claritin and ways to help beat your children's allergies.

Here are a few from the March newsletter:
Spring Allergy Tips
It's not surprising that in the season notorious for allergies, we have the most tips to share! Beginning as early as February, invisible pollens from hardwood deciduous trees are big troublemakers for many allergy sufferers. But there's no reason to be miserable. These tips can help you minimize your exposure to allergens, and be prepared as possible for the pollen storm that's on the horizon.

  • Start taking Claritin® allergy products as soon as symptoms start.
    • Having medication on hand will help you prepare for allergy symptoms.
  • Know your nemesis.
    • When you understand what triggers your allergy symptoms, you can make an extra effort to avoid them. For example, grass pollen levels rise when grass is disturbed, so if that's one of your triggers, wear a mask when mowing or avoid mowing altogether.
  • Beat the clock.
    • Peak pollen production can occur in early morning, so try to plan outside activities at other times of the day.
  • Check the forecast.
    • Avoid going outdoors when pollen counts are high. Also, heavy rains wash pollen from the air, making post-shower outings more comfortable. Beware of dry, windy days when pollen can be particularly intense. (Get the pollen counts and weather forecast for your area and sign up for the Claritin® Allergy Forecast.)

All of these tips and more can be found on Claritin’s website and be sure to like them on Facebook as well!

Disclosure: As a member of the Children’s Claritin Mom Crew, I receive product samples and promotional items to share and use as I see fit.  No monetary compensation has taken place and any opinions expressed by me are honest and reflect my actual experience.

Friday, March 16, 2012

Kroger Cart Buster Winner



I hope you have been taking advantage of Kroger's promotion! I know our family has. And one lucky reader will get even more savings with this $25 gift card. The winner is comment #53





Anonymous said...

I follow via network blogs - Jeannie

MARCH 14, 2012 11:12 PM

Wednesday, March 14, 2012

Winner for the Yoplait Trix giveaway

Yoplait_Trix_1184B_logoWe love yogurt in our home and I just know the winner of this giveaway will be was thrilled to get the Yoplait trix prize pack.

I’m happy to announce that to comment #17 was drawn via


17tpmj said...

My children love yogurt!
The strawberry banana bash is their favorite.
Thanks for the fun giveaway!
MARCH 6, 2012 10:21 AM


You have 24 hours to contact me before another winner is drawn. Congrats!

Reminder that the Kroger giveaway ends tonight!

Friday, March 9, 2012

Seventh Generation winner

372917_58433611572_1484173657_n_thumb[4]I was thrilled to have a chance to try the new Seventh generation diapers, just as I know the winner of this giveaway will be too!

I’m happy to announce that to comment #18 was drawn via random.org18

Anonymous said...

posted on my Facebook page misty

FEBRUARY 27, 2012 4:13 PM


You have 24 hours to contact me before another winner is drawn. Congrats!

Reminder that the yoplait trix giveaway ends tonight!

Monday, March 5, 2012

Lisa Loeb and Crayola invite you to “Inside the Crayon Box” LIVE on Wednesday, March 7th

Creativity matters. It´s a skill that all children can learn and when it´s practiced every day, kids become the critical thinkers, problem solvers, and leaders in the classroom, and they´re better prepared for professions of the 21st century.

Crayola wants every child to be creatively alive, so they´re inviting parents "Inside the Crayon Box," for a special live chat with celebrities and trusted parenting experts that will inspire and spark ideas to expand your child´s creative thinking. If you find yourself looking for new ways to inspire your children to express their ideas and build their creativity, you´ll want to join us to learn and share!

The first "Inside the Crayon Box" live chat is Wednesday, March 7 at 9 p.m. EST. Join Crayola and musician, children´s author and mom, Lisa Loeb for a 45-minute live streaming video chat on the Crayola Facebook Page. Lisa, best-known for her number one hit "Stay (I Missed You)," will share as personal stories, practical advice and ways she brings a little creative play into every day for her daughter. We want to hear from you - participants can ask Lisa questions during the event, too! We hope you will share the information about the first Crayola "Inside the Crayon" live chat with your readers on or before Wednesday, March 7th so they may plan to attend as well.
Interested in the topics to be covered during the chat?
  • Why Does Creativity Matter? Creativity is not about who´s the best artists or becoming an architect. It´s a way of thinking that encourages kids´ original ideas and develops their confidence.
  • Growing Up Creative. Lisa will share stories about growing up in a home where creativity was encouraged.
  • Simple Tips. Easy Ideas. Like most moms, Lisa juggles a lot. She´ll share simple, easy ways she sparks her daughter´s creativity as part of their daily routine.

Just in case you miss the Crayola "Inside the Crayon Box" event, or if would like to share the chat with your readers after the live session, check out the Crayola YouTube Channel where the session will be posted. To include the video in your blog post, simply copy and paste the embed code provided by YouTube.
We hope you´ll be able to join Crayola for "Inside the Crayon Box" and spread the word to your readers. To learn more about the tools from Crayola that make it easy for parents to help children develop their creativity and like Crayola on Facebook!

Also, be sure to check out Lisa´s book Lisa Loeb´s Silly Sing-Along: The Disappointing Pancake and Other Zany Songs (Sterling Children´s Books, 2011) available at Barnes & Noble and Sing, laugh, and play with pop Lisa in this fabulous collection of ten of the silliest songs ever. Fun activities, games, and recipes accompany whimsical songs. Take Lisa's Silly Sing-Along with you wherever you go and get the high-spirited good times started. Includes a 10-song CD recorded by Lisa!

Information about the Crayola “Inside the Crayon Box” live event was provided to me by Crayola through MyBlogSpark.

Thursday, March 1, 2012

Started homeschool

So my munchkins are 3 and 4 now and itching to learn and go to school. unfortunately I feel that the choices for education here in Niagara County is lacking to say the least. (sorry if your from here but, this is my opinion.) Therefor I’ve decided to homeschool versus put my children in headstart or universal pre-k. I’m working out of the lesson plans from Erica over at Confessions of a Homeschooler. Her letter of the week and k4 curriculum is perfect for our needs. My little guy is eating up the Letter of the week lessons and my Daughter is just about ready to move on to the k4 stuff.


If you are looking to homeschool or just want to have a few educational activities for your toddler or preschooler I highly recommend Confessions of a Homeschooler. You can buy the pack I’ve mentioned from her site or just browse around and download individual lessons for free.

We are also working on singing the alphabet, colors, counting and the other basics your child will need to know before starting Kindergarten. This week we started teaching the days of the week. I know in most preschools they have sung a really cute song to the Adam’s Family theme. It’s a fun song but my children didn’t take to it.So my hubby, know for knowing random stuff, started singing the Happy Day theme, and now my kids are running around singing the happy days theme AKA the Days of the week song.



Sunday, Monday, Happy Days. Tuesday, Wednesday, Happy Days.
Thursday, Friday, Happy Days. Saturday, what a day. Spending all week with you!


I’m still new at this homeschooling stuff so if you have any tips or tricks please post them below!