Every Child Deserves a Healthy Smile, Give Kids a Smile

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This post was sponsored by Give Kids A Smile as part of an Influencer Activation for Influence Central and all opinions expressed in my post are my own. A child's smile is worth so much. My two daughters are happy girls with more giggles and smiles shared than I could possibly ask for. They are my great love story and every smile adds to our happiness. My daughters are proud of their beautiful bright smiles but there are many children that are not. Sadly too many children continue to Read More... {Read More...}

Find Your Eating Style with Jenny Craig

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Thank you Jenny Craig for sponsoring this post. — Get serious about losing weight with Jenny Craig! It's been over a month since I started my Jenny Craig experience and I couldn't be more happy with my progress. I am well on my way to my goal weight and have learned ways to help me eat in a more conscious and enjoyable way. For me the first step was connecting with my awesome consultant and figuring out my eating style. The weekly meetings helped hold me accountable for Read More... {Read More...}

Formula fed babies, how to answer “are you breastfeeding?” when you are not

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Almost eight years ago when I was pregnant with my first daughter I was amazed by the many times I was asked if I was planning to breastfeed. There was no reason for me not to plan to breastfeed so my response was always welcomed with an added conversation of the many benefits. The memory of her birth and our first couple of nights in the hospital is blurry but I clearly remember the lactation consultant. From the first hour with my daughter I had someone in my room handling my breasts trying to Read More... {Read More...}

Prenatal ultrasounds can detect congenital heart defects

February has been declared American Heart Month.

I was recently asked, "what's with all the ultrasounds? Is there something wrong your baby?" After giving it some thought and the question coinciding with February being American Heart Month, I'll share why I had five ultrasounds while pregnant with my first daughter and have had almost that many to date during this pregnancy. My husband and I both have congenital heart defects. His malformed aorta was diagnosed at infancy resulting in open heart surgery as a child. My atrial septal defect Read More... {Read More...}

Essential Oils introduction to managing your families health (giveaway)

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When I first heard of essential oils as a means to compliment medical treatments I was skeptical. Really skeptical. But the more I read and heard first hand accounts from friends I considered exploring an essential oils introduction. The oils can be used aromatically, topically, or internally and with so much educational information available, I felt quite overwhelmed when I began my journey to learn more. Then I had a consultation with Live Well with Adele and felt completely comfortable Read More... {Read More...}

Teach your child about vaccinations

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When I noticed my daughter playing with her dolls and a doctor kit recently I wondered what she was doing. As I listened to her imaginative play, I overheard her telling the dolls they all needed their shots to go to kindergarten. My daughter is going to kindergarten in just a couple of weeks so back to school vaccinations have been a hot topic in our house. She knows about vaccinations and why she needs them to stay healthy but she doesn't know about all the children without access to a Read More... {Read More...}