How Do You Honor Your Dad on Father’s Day?

Father’s Day. A day to honor all the dads in our lives. The Great Grandfathers, the Grandfathers, and all those whom we, and those before us, call Daddy.

This year I recognize many of the great fathers in my life:

My Great Grandpa Les, who has gone home to be with the Lord. He was fun, goofy, loving, generous, and kind. I learned so much from him. I miss him every day and wish my children had been given the privilege to know him.

My Great Grandpa Joe, aka Poppy Joe. In spite of his grumpy looks and always calling us all by the wrong names (on  purpose!), we love his kind heart and gruff ways.

The one who gave my husband life – my father-in-law, Paul. Thank you for raising my babies’ daddy to be such a god-fearing man. You are loved.

My Dad. I used to call him Pa. My children call him Poppy. The one who has loved me for as long as I can remember, let me hop on him, taught me how to ride a bike and swim, pulled out my loose teeth (with pliers!), acted as the “tooth angel,” provided for me, protected me, and so much more. I love you, Dad!

And, last but not least, my husband – the father of our seven beautiful children. Thank you for loving our kids so fiercely, for leading us, for providing for us all without complaint, for finding new and adventurous ways to have fun with us, and for always doing all you do in such a big way. I am so grateful that God brought us together to do this parenting thing side by side. You make me a better mom and our kids are so very blessed. We love you!!

Fathers Day

To honor my kiddos’ dad this year, we treated him to lunch out, enjoyed an afternoon of Monopoly and soccer with him, and then he decided he wanted to grill some tri-tip for us all for dinner. It was a great day for all of us!

How about you? What did you do to honor the dads in your life today?

Oral-B wants to help you say thank you for all the ways Dad made you smile by keeping their smile healthy. After all, the gift of a beautiful, healthy smile is special and unique, just like him.

Why Oral-B?

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Disclosure: I have partnered with Oral-B to bring you this post.

What Do Batman and Scooby Have in Common? {Giveaway}

Their own YouTube channels!

With so many boys in my house, you can be sure that super heroes are a big part of our conversations and entertainment line up. We were eager to check out some of the fun new videos from DCKids & Warner Bros’ new YouTube channels – included are some of our favorites like Batman Unlimited, DC Super Friends, and Scooby-Doo. Timmy especially liked this one of Batman and Green Arrow during a training exercise. Batman is his favorite, so this was no surprise!

There will be many more updates over the next year, so don’t forget to subscribe to their channels:

If that wasn’t exciting enough, you can enter to win one of five mystery toy gift baskets! The baskets are worth a minimum of $50, and will be picked by the staff of Warner Bros and DCKids.

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Disclosure: I have been compensated for the publication of this post.

The Shea Moisture Baby Collection Helps Keep Skin Healthy

As some of you may know, I have been trying to replace all of our bath and shower products with those that are full of stuff that is actually good for you, as opposed to those that are full of toxins. Well, thanks to the Walmart Moms program, I was able to try a great line of products called the Shea Moisture Baby Collection. These fabulous products contain certified organic ingredients, including shea butter, argan oil, frankincense, myrrh, and chamomile essential oils.

Shea Moisture Baby

Eczema often rears its itchy head as temperatures change. Your family’s skin may need some extra TLC during this time of year. Not only will the upcoming heat of summer cause problems, but we are currently in the middle of allergy season. Take the time to understand this skin condition, simplify your family’s skincare regimen, and follow these tips to keep skin healthy and free of irritation:

Find out what’s causing the itchy
Although eczema can be inherited, it may also be triggered by external irritants such as detergent, fragrance and food. Symptoms may be caused by eggs, wheat, milk, fish and nuts. So, do some mom sleuthing and notice exactly when symptoms flare.

Eliminate the scratchy trigger
If you’re able to locate what may be irritating your baby or children’s skin, eliminate it from your environment, whenever possible. Whip out your chic reading glasses when you’re shopping, and become a label reader for everything you buy for your household.

It worked at Woodstock
Think old-school, and use cloth wipes with water, as many commercial wet wipes contain synthetic ingredients (such as artificial fragrance) that may trigger your child’s eczema. When you need to use a wet wipe, rinse it with water before wiping your baby.

Rub-a-dub au naturel
Sulfates are detergent-grade surfactants that make body washes, soaps and shampoos lather. They can be drying and may worsen symptoms of eczema. Opt for a sulfate-free soap or wash, such as SheaMoisture Raw Shea, Chamomile & Argan Oil Baby Wash & Shampoo, and use with a bamboo or 100% cotton wash cloth. Bathe the kids in cooler water, instead of hot, which can also dry out skin and cause eczema symptoms to flare.

Oil it up, baby
Add a couple of drops of chamomile oil to your children’s bath water, which helps to soften and soothe skin irritation. Then lock in moisture with SheaMoisture Raw Shea, Chamomile & Argan Head-to-Toe Baby Lotion. It doesn’t contain parabens, phthalates, petrolatum or other synthetic ingredients, so it’s gentle and hydrating for delicate skin.

Dress the little ones in layers
When your child is too warm, they may be more prone to flare-ups due to sweating. Dress the kiddos in light, breathable layers in cotton and bamboo. Oh, so fashionable, comfy and eco-friendly.

Love the aloe
Aloe Vera is a great secret superfood for keeping skin and body in tip top shape. Add it to smoothies for your family in the morning. The kids are none the wiser, and it’s your secret that they receive extra nutrients, while helping to nourish their skin from the inside.

Bust out the first aid for flare-ups
Go old school with chamomile tea as a compress on inflamed areas, which aids in soothing irritation and calming skin. Follow with a light layer of lotion to provide a moisture barrier, while still allowing skin to breathe so it can heal.

Founded in 1992 , Sundial Brands is committed to making the highest quality natural skin care products possible, engaging in eco-friendly and cruelty-free business practices. The Shea Moisture Baby Collection keeps your baby comfortable all day long by moisturizing and soothing itchy, irritated skin and does so by using organic shea butter, chamomile and argan oil. Why? Because every body deserves to be healthy and comfortable.

The Shea Moisture Baby Collection is available at Walmart, in-store and online. Get the Head-to-Toe Wash and Shampoo for $7.97 and the Baby Healing Body Lotion for just $7.94

As a participant in the Walmart Moms Program, I’ve received compensation for my time and efforts in creating this post. All thoughts and opinions are my own.

Beauty Spotlight :: Spring Eye and Brow

I am always so excited about a new season for many reasons, but with the new season always comes new looks. There are new clothing styles, new hair colors and styles, old styles may even come back, but we all know that the right make-up can really complete the look.

This is what I have done to complete my new summer look:

Keep your skin protected
Apply that sunscreen! I want to stick with all-natural products, and if you do, as well, you may want to consider coconut oil. Coconut oil allows the beneficial rays to get through, while protecting your skin from harmless UV rays. Carrot Seed oil is another great option, with an SPF of over 30. Combine the two for optimal results!

Less is more
I am a huge fan of minimal makeup. Apply a light foundation, BB, or CC cream, some lipgloss and a light coat of some great mascara. Use Infallible Smokissime Eyeliner and Loreal’s Paris Voluminous Miss Manga Rock Mascara to create a smokey look for a night out.

smokey eyes

Go nude
I use Nudes Eye Shadow Pallette (just $6.76 at Walmart) is a great option for keeping the natural look.

Tame those brows
Use a good brow pencil to fill in and shape your brows. Doing this creates a polished look, regardless of how much makeup you plan to wear.

Summer Beauty Look

How do you plan to update your summer look?

As a participant in the Walmart Moms Program, I’ve received compensation for my time and efforts in creating this post. All thoughts and opinions are my own.

Control Your Frizz With Schwarzkopf {Review}

My hair is a big frizz-ball of a mess most days. I find myself pulling it all back, either in a messy bun or a ponytail, quite often. I had been using coconut oil to help tame my tresses, after washing and drying, but I have been on the lookout for a good shampoo and conditioner that will lock in the moisture and provide some control. I think I may have found what my dry, brittle hair needs!

As part of the Walmart Moms program I was given the chance to try the Henkel Beauty Care line of hair products. Among the first I tried is the Schwarzkopf essence ULTIME Satin Frizz Control & Protect Shampoo and Conditioner.

essence ULTIME

In the beginning, I used quite a bit of both products, as I am used to a big lather and silky (almost slimy) wet hair. I discovered after several washes, however, that the shampoo provides such a gentle cleanse and doesn’t lather as much. And the conditioner provides just as much benefit when I use less than half of my normal amount. All this meaning I won’t go through these products as quickly, saving me money. Not that it’s all that expensive in the first place, compared to high-end hair care products, coming in at less than $7 per bottle.

I am pleasantly surprised by the results of using essence ULTIME for just a little over a week now. My hair is silky, soft, and more manageable than ever before. I also found that straightening and curling my hair was easier and quicker, locking in moisture and preventing frizz.

Silky Smooth Locks

An added bonus to using this new to me line, is that frizzy flyaways are almost nonexistent. However when they do occur – I wasn’t expecting this line to be magic, after all – a small dab of the conditioner will make them completely disappear.

Tame That Frizz

I do feel like the ULTIME Satin Frizz Control & Protect shampoo and conditioner will cause a heavy build up on my hair over time, but I’m willing to plan a deep cleanse every month or so for frizz-free locks!

About Schwarzkopf

Schwarzkopf has stood as the expert in hair globally since 1898. Schwarzkopf is one of the world’s most innovative hair companies with its retail brands such as got2b, ULTIME and Keratin Color. The Schwarzkopf brand portfolio also includes professional salon products. Schwarzkopf is dedicated to the development of innovative product technologies.Henkel Beauty Care stands for brand-name products in the fields of hair colorants, hair styling, hair care, body care, skin care, and oral care. Schwarzkopf Professional is among the world’s three leading suppliers of hair salon products.

As a participant in the Walmart Moms Program, I’ve received compensation for my time and efforts in creating this post. All thoughts and opinions are my own.