Gideon Is All Grown Up

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It’s the middle of July and I am freaking out!!!

My little boy is starting KINDERGARTEN this year. I cannot believe in a little over a month I will be walking him to his school and dropping him off to meet his teacher and new friends for the first time. I can tell you right now that he is super excited. Going to school is all he ever talks about. At least once a day Gideon makes some comment about meeting new friends, or meeting his teacher, or getting to play at recess. It warms my heart to see his passion and I love it so very much. I just worry about how he will do. He has never really been around kids his own age. We tried daycare and preschool before and everyone said he was a problem child and was not welcomed at their facility. We have NEVER had a problem like they would describe until after he was removed from their care. It makes it hard for me to trust people in that type of setting with my child. (If I ever have any more children, and one day we will, I will never take them to any of the places I took Gideon.)

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I know the teachers in a school setting are different and they will not treat him that way, but I still just worry about how he will adjust. For the last year or two he has been going to work everyday with his daddy and I just hope we all can adjust to him being in school. With it being summer Gideon stays with me at home, unless we decide to go to work with Josh, and when we stay home, Josh always makes a comment about how weird it was because it was so quiet with out the little man there and how it is going to be weird at first when the little man starts school. I guess on the bright side he will be right across the street from me everyday so if something were to happen I am right there. I just really hope everything turns out okay. I pray everyday that God would give us all strength and wisdom as we head off on this wonderful new journey in all of our lives.

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I honestly cannot wait for Gideon’s first day of school. Yeah I might be freaking out, but I know it will be good for all of us. I especially cannot wait to go pick him up at the end of the day and hear about all of the amazing things that he got to do and all of the great friends he will make, as well as all about his teacher who I just know he is going to love.

I hope you all will follow us on our journey this year as I will try to post as often as possible about Gideon’s wonderful year of Kindergarten. If you have any tips for me or any moms, comment below. Every little bit of courage or wisdom will help us all.


Downy Ball, The Easiest Way To Soften Your Clothes… Review/Giveaway (CLOSED)

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Disclosure: I was given the Downy Ball to review. However ALL opinions are mine and mine alone.

My clothes are soft and they smell great. Who doesn’t like their clothes to be soft and smell fresh after going through the laundry? I know I love it, but I don’t like the hassle of having to pour the fabric softener in the dispenser and hoping that the dispenser is working right. So for the longest time I never would use any kind of fabric softener. I have now found a better way of getting mine and my families clothes soft and smelling great. It is with my Downy Ball. I love how this little ball can help me on laundry day so I can spend more time with my little one.

Downy Ball WashThis little ball is amazingly easy to us. This ball is so simple to use, you just simply fill up the ball to the desired line, that matches your fill load of laundry, with your fabric softener and then drop it on top of your clothes before closing the lid and letting the washing machine do the rest. The ball will open on its own during the cycle and disperse the softener making sure it gets to all of your clothes. The best part of it all is that you no longer would have to use a dryer sheet in the dryer if you use fabric softener in the wash. If you know and do that already, cuddos to you. I never knew that before I got my Downy Ball, again because I never really used fabric softener. However if I had I would have been doing it all along as I do not really like the dryer sheets. The Downy Ball is super fantastic and easy to carry around, which makes it great to take of trips where you will be gone a while and be doing your laundry while there. Just take your Downy Ball and a small bottle of fabric softener with you to help keep those clothes soft and fresh no matter where you are.

Use With Ultra DownyThe only down side to the Downy Ball is that on the package it will tell you to only use Downy brand fabric softener, however that is not a problem for me because it is the only type I use. I would not recommend using the Downy Ball with any other fabric softener just because it is safer to use what the package says to use. I would like to use it with other fabric softeners and maybe one day Downy will make a newer ball that will allow you to do that. Until then I will stick with my Downy Ball and Downy softener so I no longer have to worry about not using fabric softener.

You too can get your very own Downy Ball from online by clicking here and ordering from them directly. You can also buy it from most drugstores or super centers like WalMart. Or you can enter my GIVEAWAY. I am giving away one (1) Downy Ball, with coupons and one (1) bottle of Downy fabric softener (size to be determined) to one (1) lucky reader. Just enter the giveaway below. Giveaway

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One (1) lucky reader will receive the following items: One (1) Downy Ball, One (1) Bottle of Downy Fabric Softener, and coupons. Open to residents of the U.S. ages 18+. Just enter the giveaway below.

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Downy Wrinkle Releaser Plus- Your New Iron For Traveling

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***Disclosure: Please note that this is a review of the Downey Wrinkle Releaser Travel Bottle. I was just given the product to try and give my honest opinion on.***

You are going on a trip, like Spring Break, and as you are folding your clothes neatly and placing them in your suitcase you start to think, “I’m sure there will be an iron wherever I go, so it is okay if my clothes wrinkle.” Then you get to your destination and begin to sort your clothes, seeing that you will need to iron them after all. However for whatever reason you do not have access to an iron. Now you are stuck with wrinkled clothes. Sure you can look up some tips to get wrinkles out of your clothes, like hanging them in the bathroom with the hot water from the shower running causing the steam to eventually dewrinkle your clothes, but that could take forever and your clothes could become damp from the moisture in the air. There is a better way…

Blog Pic 5Introducing the Downy Wrinkle Releaser Plus Travel Bottle. I have fallen in love with this product. It is so simple to use and a great fit for your travels. This little 3-oz travel bottle fits greats in any of your travel bags, and it meets air-line standards so you can take it with you even if your flying too. This little gem is so simple and easy to use. You simply spray on your wrinkled clothes, tug on the shirt, smooth out the wrinkles, and then hang it for about 10 minutes to let it dry. After that you are ready to go and your clothes not only look better, but with the fresh scent from the spray your clothes will smell great too. Downy Wrinkle Releaser Plus can also double as an odor eliminator. Got pesky smells on your pillowcases, or curtains? Say no more and spray them away. Try it out some of your favorite items that you cannot wash with out them messing up and I believe it will smell better than ever before.

what-to-wear-on-a-plane-Downy-Wrinkle-Releaser-Plus Are you going on a trip some time in the near future? Here are some must have tips for when you are going on said trip. Most of these are travel tips for when you are flying, but you can use these if your going on a long car trip as well.

I will always carry a bottle with me whenever I am going on a trip, because you never know what life is going to throw at you and it is always better to be prepared.


NatraCure Plantar Fasciitis Cold Therapy Socks

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***This post is not meant for you to treat any problems you might have with your feet. This is just to inform you about a great product I have tried to help alleviate the pain in my feet. Please consult a doctor if you feel you have feet pain before trying to manage it on your own.***

Plantar Sock 1A little while back my wife talked to you about NatraCure’s Cold Therapy Socks and told you how they are great for everything feet pain related. Well today we are brining you a different sock specifically designed for Plantar Fasciitis. It is their very special Plantar Fasciitis Cold Therapy Sock. I am sure you are thinking to yourself, “What is the difference between the two socks?” The answer is simple. The Plantar Fasciitis socks have a special strap that wraps around your foot while you are using the heat or cold for extra arch support as well as reducing the pain and swelling associated with Plantar Fasciitis.

You maybe wondering to yourself why we are telling you about these socks. Well as a parent who has feet pain, often times I find it difficult to be able to run and play with my son because of the pain or even stand for more than an hour with out constant swelling in the tended and unbearable pain. I also couldn’t really work out because the pain was so bad. However now that I have found these socks that help with the pain, I can play with my son as much as I want too, workout and even just walk around with little to no pain. When I’m done I just ice or heat my feet to keep the pain at bay. I would rather feel a little pain that I can just relieve with these socks later and play with my son, versus not playing with him at all. (These socks alone did not completely get rid of my pain, but they did make it tolerable. I have been working out and working with my doctor to get rid of the pain).

Which do you pickYou can use these socks, just like the other Cold Therapy Socks for any kind of feet pain, but these are designed specifically to help alleviate that pain in your Plantar Fascia and get you back to the healthy way you were before. You can order these online from the Natra Cure website by clicking here, for a great price of $24.95 plus shipping and handling.

I would recommend these to anyone who has feet pain like I did that you give them a try. (Again if you are not sure if you should use this product, please consult your doctor first)

 

***The opinions in this post are just that, opinions. Mommy’s Everyday Life was given the product to review and give an honest opinion about. Nothing else was given.***

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NatraCure Arthritis Mittens

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Have you ever suffered for pain in your hands from typing on a computer keyboard all day? Maybe your suffered from pain in your hands due to having to write all day. What about possible arthritis, or you hands get really cold, but you do not want to place them in front of a heater because they might get to hot at that point?

Every person goes through one of these things at some point in their life.

What if I told you that I was introduced to these amazing mittens that not only keep your hands warm, but also help with the pain? Do you think I am lying? Well I am not, introducing from NatraCure, their Arthritis Mittens!cold

These mittens are among the most amazing things I have ever used. Now I do not have arthritis, but I do sometimes type or write for long periods of time at my job or home and my hands often end up hurting and my hands end up cold a lot. Especially in this crazy Texas weather. I mean hot one day and freezing the next, my poor hands just could not keep up. So I was so blessed to be able to try these mittens, that I just could not say no, and I found that they really work.

They release a lot of different essential oils that are used to combat pain in the hands and keeps the hands feeling smooth (at least it did to mine). So if you do have pain in your hands just use these to help get rid of it and keeps you hands warm and feeling good.

I promises these mittens are so simple to use too. All you have to do is place them in your microwave for about 40 seconds each glove and wait for the dark blue symbol to turn read indicating it is ready for you to put them on. Then you just wear them until the symbol turns dark blue again indicating that the time is up. That truly is super easy.hot

I know you are not going to just take my word on this and you would like to know more about these amazing mittens and how to get your hands on them. Well all you have to do is click here to find all the information I have mentioned and more on these amazing mittens. They are very reasonable priced at just $19.99. You can also order them from Amazon, if you shop from there a lot too.

I truly recommend that if you work on a computer, write a lot, or your hands get cold easy, that you get yourself a pair of these great mittens to wear. These will help combat the cold and those aches in your hands.

*** The opinions in this review are the authors and the authors alone. The author was given the mittens to try in exchange for their honest opinion. ***

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NatraCure Cold Therapy Socks

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Feet pain, we all get it at some point in time in our lives. Some of us get it from just being on our feet for 8+ hours a day, while others get it as a result of a lot of high impact on our feet from years of being athletic to working out the wrong way, to even just jumping in to much impact on our feet after years of not much impact at all. There are many things you can do to help with the pain, from over the counter meds, prescription meds, to home remedies, to physical therapy, to heat and cold packs and more. I however have found an amazing product that takes away most of the pain to where I do not really need meds or home remedies anymore. They are Cold Therapy Socks from NatraCure.
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Are you thinking they are just sock you heat up or place in the freezer then put them on? If so you are not alone, I thought that at first until I saw a picture of them. Cold Therapy Socks are regular everyday socks that have two gel packs that you insert into these pockets located one on the bottom and one on the top of the socks. They are placed in a way that there is a layer of sock in between your foot and the gel pack, so as to keep you from burning or freezing your foot from direct contact with the gel packs.
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There are two different ways to use these socks. You can use them cold as in their name sake by placing them in the fridge or freezer at least two hours before you plan to use them. So if you know you are going to be doing an activity that will cause your feet to be sore, or if you know you have to ice your feet once a day for what ever reason, you just place the packs to cool so they are ready to go when you are ready to use them. The other way you can use them is hot. Now when you use them hot you do not stick the gel packs directly in the microwave by themselves. Doing that can ruin your gel packs. Instead you place them in the designated spots and then place the sock in the microwave, heating it up for 10 seconds at a time on both top and bottom, so they are heated evenly, for a total of 40 seconds only. Any more time than that can ruin your gel packs as well. Also the gel packs must be at room temperature before you go to heat them as well as cool them. This will also help you keep from ruining them and they will last longer.

You can order these socks at the NatraCure website or on Amazon. Just follow the prompts to find what you need. These socks are retailed at $19.99 and worth every penny. I recommend these and their other products to anyone needing or wanting extra support from those little body pains we get in life.

*** The opinions in this review are the authors and the authors alone. The author was given the socks to try in exchange for their honest opinion. ***

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Little Laundry Lifehacks Giveaway (CLOSED)

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I’m teaming up with some great brands and bloggers to share some of my favorite laundry hacks, plus a chance to win a Little Laundry Lifehacks Giveaway (including a $150 Walmart gift card.)

Four Fabulous Laundry Hacks

1. Sick of ironing? Put your iron away and use Downy Wrinkle Releaser Plus instead. Just spray, smooth and tug and watch those wrinkles disappear! Click here to download a coupon.

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2. Have a stain while you’re out and about? Use the Dreft Stain Stick to remove the stain ASAP. Click here to download a coupon.

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3. Keep forgetting those wet towels in the wash? Febreze In-Wash Odor Eliminator to the rescue. Add some to your next load of laundry, and #SinktheStink. Click here to download a coupon.

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4. Trying to get your clothes as soft as possible – and don’t have an HE washer? Don’t forget about the Downy Ball! Click here to download a coupon.

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Complete the form below to enter to win a Laundry Lifehack prize pack – full of product from Downy Wrinkle Releaser Plus, Febreze In-Wash Odor Eliminator, Dreft Home and Downy Ball. Plus a $150 Walmart Gift Card.


Fun At Universal Studios In Florida

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Back in October my family got to go on an amazing adventure. We got to go to Florida and discover some of the amazing things it has to offer. Now I’ve been to Florida a few times when I was younger, but it was always to spend time at the beach or things like that. I never got to experience the fun of the amusement parks there. That all changed this last time we went. I got to amazing chance to go to Universal Studios Park with my little family, my in laws, my sister-in-law and here family, and even our pastor of our church and his family. pizap 1It was an experience that I will never forget. From the 4D rides Like the Transformer’s, Simpsons, Shrek, and Despicable Me rides to name a few, to walking through Diagon Ally to the big time roller coasters, there was something for everyone in our group to enjoy. Of course we did other things as well like just spending time together, checking out varies restaurants, to even checking out this place called Fun Spot and finding that while I may not like heights, I did like some of the roller coasters and I would ride them again.

The best part of the whole trip for me though was not only going on the trip, but going to Universal Studios and getting to walk through Diagon Ally and Hogsmeade, and even riding the Hogwarts Express. pizap 2It felt as if I had been transported right on to the set of the movie and that I was actually in Hogwarts. I grew up watching the movies and secretly wishing that I could be apart of that world. I am so thrilled that I got the chance to finally in a way live a big childhood dream of mine (Next to meeting Johnny Depp) and that I got to also experience it with my amazing family. I cannot wait until my son is older and we get to go back there and he will get to remember the trip. Of course I took pictures, but it is not the same as when they remember the trip and get to share it with you. There were a few amazing rides there as well. pizap 4There was the 4D ride Escape from Gringotts which was so amazing. You really felt like you where really there with the Harry, Ron, and Hermione trying to get out of Gringotts. There was also the Flight of the Hippogriff roller coaster which my son loved to death, I even road it with him. While it was a little kid roller coaster I actually really enjoyed it myself. There were a few others as well but we did not get to ride them this time. However we plan to ride them all the next time we go for sure.

pizap 3The rest of Universal Studios was amazing as well, even though I didn’t ride many of the roller coasters, (I opted to just ride the 4D ones instead) I still had a great time watching and hearing about my family having such a blast. I cannot wait to go back and maybe even finally get over my fear and ride a few roller coasters, and then I can tell you more about the rest of the amazing park. As long as I have my brave and wonderful husband with me I think I will be able to do it.

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Downy Review and Giveaway (CLOSED)

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I do not know about some of you, but the one thing I do not like about going on some vacation trips, like going camping, going on a cruise, or going to some hotels, is not having a dryer or and iron to get the wrinkles out of my clothes. Sure I can hang the clothes up in the bathroom while I am taking a shower and let the steam from the hot water get the wrinkles out, but then you risk getting the clothes all wet, or the wrinkles do not all come out. For the longest time I was not sure what I was going to do. Then I was given the most amazing product to try and I have fallen in love with it ever since. Introducing Downy’s Wrinkle Releaser Spray. Blog Pic 5

This spray is super amazing, affordable, and easy to carry. They come in full size bottles for your house, and travel bottles for wrinkle releasing action on the go. I love how this product is super easy to use. Follow these steps to having dewrinkled clothing items in as little as 10 minutes. Simply grab the clothing item you need to fix, hang it up on a door, in the closet or lay it on the bed, just make sure you have it on a hanger because you will need to hang it to let it dry and get the wrinkles out. Then you spray a light mist all over the clothes, I suggest spraying front and back to get the full effect. Once you have sprayed the item give a tug at the wrinkles, smooth the wrinkles out, and then hang it to dry. That is super easy right? I did it with one of my son’s shirts and it turned out amazing. It looked like it had just come out of the dryer or just got done ironing it, in about half of the time it would normally take. Blog Pic 6

I am never going back to using a dryer or iron to get my clothes all nice and straight. Okay maybe not never, but I will be using Downy Wrinkle Releaser and all of Downy’s great amazing products from now on. You know you can find these sprays in travel size and 33 oz. bottles online at Downy.com or even at your local store. However I am giving away a travel size bottle, an awesome Downy shirt, and coupons right here on the blog. Just enter the giveaway below.

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Giveaway:

One (1) lucky reader will receive a Downy goodies set which includes the following: One (1) Downy T-Shirt size medium, One (1) 3oz. bottle of Downy Wrinkle Releaser Spray (travel size), and a coupon for a 33oz. bottle of the Downy Wrinkle Releaser Spray. Open to residents of the U.S. ages 18+. Just enter the giveaway below.

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Disclosure: I was given the Downy Wrinkle Releaser Spray and coupon to review. However ALL opinions are mine and mine alone.


Dreft Review and Giveaway (CLOSED)

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We all know kids are quite messy and as adults we can be messy too, that is just a fact of life. It can be very embarrassing when they (or we) spill a drink or drop food all over their (or our) clothes, especially when you are out in public, and you do not have a spare shirt or pants to change into. I have had that happen on a few occasions with Gideon in the past, and so now I always make sure to have an extra change of clothes at all times. Well what if I told you that you do not need that extra change of clothes anymore there is away to make the stains go away. What would you say?

I have found a solution to my problems. It is Dreft and their handy Dreft To Go Stain Remover Pen. This pen has become a huge life saver for me ever since I got it, and it is super easy to use. pizap.com14232676910431Just lay out the clothing item that has become stained, brush off an excess things that can be brushed away, then lay the item on top of some paper towels and then get to work removing the stain. You do this by squeezing the pen and using the scrubbing part at the top to work the stain remover ink into the stain so it can then lift the stain right out of the clothing. Then just give it some time to dry and there you go, good as new.

This is not the only thing Dreft has come out with that I have absolutely fallen in love with. They also Dreft Laundry Stain Remover that is safe to use and is designed for those extremely tough stains. pizap.com14232686104031A little while back my little one comes home with a marker stain across the front of his shirt. I washed it and with out looking at it, just threw it in the dryer and now there is what I thought was going to be a permanent stain on it. Not with the help of Dreft. The laundry stain remover has helped to almost completely remove the stain. Now since it was a set in stain it will take a little longer for it to come out. However my son also split something green on a white part of a shirt earlier this week. It looked like a grass stain even though it was from a drink. I was so worried that the stain wouldn’t come out when I went to wash the clothes. Then I remembered that I had the laundry stain remover. I used it and once I removed the shirt to place it in the dryer, I checked and the stain was gone. Bye bye pesky stain, hello nice clean shirt.

I am overflowing with joy at the fact that I was able for use these wonderful products and see just how well they work for me and my family. I will for sure be using them for years to come (or until Dreft comes out with something even better to use).

You too can be like me and get these amazing products from Dreft by visiting their website www.dreft.com or going to your local retailer. You can also enter my giveaway of Dreft goodies. Just follow the entry form below.
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One (1) lucky winner will win a Dreft goodies set which includes one (1) Dreft To Go Stain Fighter Pen, two (2) 4 oz travel size Dreft Laundry Stain Remover (not found in many stores or online, found mainly as the 22oz bottle priced at approximately $5.00 not including taxes), one (1) Try it Dreft Laundry Stain Remover sample, and coupons. Retailed at approximately $8.00 (not including taxes and shipping coast and based on prices from online retailers) and $1.50 in coupons.

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**This contest starts Today, Friday February 6, 2015 and will end Monday February 23, 2015 at 11:59 p.m. The winner will be chosen via Random Number through Rafflecopter and will then have 48 hours to contact me.

Disclosure: I was given these Dreft products and coupons to review. However ALL opinions are mine and mine alone.