Become a Toxin Freedom Fighter with Seventh Generation #FightToxins #MC

 

 

 

I participated in a campaign on behalf of Millennial Central for Seventh Generation. I received a promotional item and product samples as a thank you for participating

Before I became pregnant with my son over 6 years ago, I never thought about toxins or what kind of chemicals were in my household. One day when I was about 7 months pregnant, I was at work and had to clean up something. I grabbed the cleaning solution and a towel and started cleaning. After a few minutes, there was an overwhelming smell that I couldn’t even stomach anymore. I’m sure a lot of it had to do with being sensitive while pregnant, but it hit me then – I had to be more careful about what I brought into my house and what my children were exposed to.

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My kids mean the world to me – they ARE my world. That’s why I became a Toxin Freedom Fighter by signing Seventh Generation’s petition to urge Congress to reevaluate the Toxic Substances Control Act for the first time since 1976.

Did You Know?

More than 80,000 chemicals available in the United States have never been fully tested for their toxic effects on our health and environment. Scientists have linked exposure to toxic chemicals to many health risks, such as Cancer, Alzheimer’s, learning disabilities, asthma, birth defects, and various reproductive problems. That is so hard to sink in for me. I can’t believe that in our country we allow that many toxins to be around our children – even ourselves!

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Over 38 years ago, the Toxic Substances Control Act (TSCA) was passed and unlike other major environmental laws, has never been updated. As it currently stands, tens of thousands of potentially harmful chemicals continue to be used in the marketplace since the 1970’s without proper testing and without disclosure by the companies that produce them.

I’m just imagining if there were stricter laws on what was in our everyday household products, we all might be a little bit more healthier!

What YOU Can Do

You can become a Toxin Freedom Fighter by signing Seventh Generation’s petition to urge Congress to reevaluate the Toxic Substances Control Act for the first time since 1976. Seventh Generation has a goal of collecting 100,000 Signatures by April 24th! As of this post, they are SO close – only about 4,000 signatures away!

For your family and mine, please sign the petition and share with your friends and family so we can make sure we live in a safer environment. Click on the button below to sign the petition.

About Seventh Generation

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Thank you to Seventh Generation for raising awareness! We have long been a fan of their products. In fact, back in 2010 when I first started Sippy Cup Mom is when I used them for the first time. I love that they provide safe and healthy products for the air, surfaces, fabrics, pets and people!

For 25 years, Seventh Generation has worked towards creating a healthy home by delivering plant derived products using bio-based ingredients.

Will you become a Toxin Freedom Fighter? 

Baseball Apps for Windows 8 #WindowsChampions

 

 

Take me out to the ballgame…or just let me sit at my Windows 8 PC to keep up with all of the latest games! Baseball season is finally here {yay!} and thanks to Windows 8, there’s plenty of ways to keep up with all of the games or just get into the spirit of baseball.

5 Baseball Apps for Windows 8

 

Baseball Pro+

Baseball Pro Windows App

Baseball Pro+ might easily be my favorite baseball app for Windows. It’s one place to go to see live scores, standings, the latest MLB news, schedule and even live talk with other fans!

Download Baseball Pro+ for Windows.

 

ESPN Sportscenter

ESPN Windows app

This app is perfect for fans of all sports. It’s THE Windows app to get updated on all of your favorite sports teams in one place. You’ll be able to find team scores, read the latest headlines and check out all of the latest tweets from ESPN.

Download ESPN Sportscenter for Windows

 

MLB.TV

MLB.TV Windows App

The MLB.TV app is great if you have a premium subscription, which we do. You’ll get access to live video and game archives, radio broadcast, game summaries, social media commentary through their Twitter widget and so much more!

Download MLB.TV for Windows

Play Ball

Play Ball App for Windows 8

Play Ball is a fun game where you are able to create a team from scratch – you’re the GM and coach! Play practice games, analyze your opponents stats and then put your team up against challengers online!

Download Play Ball for Windows

 

Fantasy Baseball Latest

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Do you have a fantasy baseball team? I have to admit, there’s a few years that I have thought about participating. If you do, you’ll love Fantasy Baseball Latest, a Windows 8 app that is powered by ESPN. It gives you all the latest baseball headlines so you can be all strategic like with your team!

Download Fantasy Baseball Latest for Windows

 

Have you been counting down the days until baseball season? What’s your favorite way to keep updated on your team?

Disclosure: I am part of the Windows Champions Program and receive incentives from Microsoft to blog about its products.

Spring Shoes at Ross Dress For Less : Snap a Shoe Selfie and Win Big!

 

 

Spring is finally here which means that I’m ready to go shopping – especially shoe shopping! If you’re looking to pick up some new shoes for Spring, head into your local Ross Dress for Less, where they have an amazing shoe sale going on!

shoe-week-at-ross I love that you can pick up several pairs of shoes from Ross Dress for Less for the price of one pair at department stores – but you’re getting department store shoes! Here’s just a few of the spring shoes that I loved in-store.

Ross Sandals

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As for the shoes that I got? I decided on this great pair of slip-on shoes that are perfect for Spring. I absolutely love the detail of the stitching on the outside of the shoe and then the fun flower print on the inside. Best of all, they were only $14.99 and super comfortable!

Ross Spring Shoes

 

Snap a Shoe Selfie and Win Big!

Through April 18th, Ross Dress for Less is hosting a Show off Your Shoes contest over on the Ross Dress for Less Facebook page.

· Snap and upload your best Ross shoe selfie, then share with your friends and encourage them to vote for you.

· At the end of the promotion, the top three shoe selfies with the most votes will receive the grand prize, second prize and third prize of a $500, $300 and $100 Ross Dress for Less gift card!

· Additionally, each week we will select one winner at random to win a $50 Ross gift card.

WOOT! Can you imagine how many shoes you could buy from Ros if you won those gift cards?! Make sure to head over to the Ross Dress for Less Facebook page to upload your shoe selfie – make sure to leave me a link so I can see and vote for you!

 

Disclosure: I received a gift card from Ross Dress for Less but all thoughts and opinions are my own. 

HEALTHY ESSENTIALS® Products Have You Covered for Earth Day! #Moms4JNJConsumer #ad

 

 

Disclosure:  This post is part of the HEALTHY ESSENTIALS®2014 program by Johnson & Johnson Consumer Companies, Inc. and The Motherhood, who sent me a box of products and compensated me for my time. Opinions, experiences and photos shared here are all my own, and I hope you enjoy them.

Earth Day is on April 22nd and I’ve been having fun thinking of some fun crafts and snacks that I could do with my kids to celebrate. As fun as it is to celebrate on the actual day, it’s also important to celebrate Earth Day EVERY DAY. If you’re looking for some tips, head to the Johnson & Johnson Healthy Essentials website where you can learn about how to plant an edible garden and tips how on to recycle in the bathroom – something I need to get better at!

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Save Big on Bathroom Essentials

This month, you can save over $55 when you visit the Johnson & Johnson Healthy Essentials site for printable coupons, tips & tools and more for all the products you and your family love and use daily! Sign up for the HEALTHY ESSENTIALS® program and you’ll be able to print the following great coupons:

  • Save $1.00 on any JOHNSON’S® Baby Intense Moisture Cream
  • Save $1.00 on any LUBRIDERM® product (6oz or larger)
  • Save $1.00 on any (1) CLEAN & CLEAR® product (excludes trial and travel sizes)
  • Save $1.00 on any (1) NEUTROGENA® Sun product (exclude trial size)
  • Save $1.00 on any (1) LISTERINE® SMART RINSE Anti-cavity Mouthwash, 500 ml
  • Save $1.00 on any (1) REACH® Total Care Floss, or REACH® Gentle Gum Care Floss, or REACH® Dentotape® or REACH® Access® Flosser
  • Save $2.00 on any (3) NEOSPORIN®, BAND-AID® Brand Adhesive bandages or JOHNSON and JOHNSON RED CROSS® Brand products (excludes all trial and travel sizes, First Aid Kits, 10 ct Band-Aid Brand Adhesive Bandages, and On-the-Go First Aid Kits. Must buy (2) different brand products to qualify for this offer along with a third product)

We use all of the above products on a daily basis and I love when I can get any additional savings too!

Get Active this Earth Day!

Donate A Photo

The free Donate A Photo (DAP) app allows consumers to make a difference by raising money and awareness for causes that they care about through one simple act – taking a photo. For every photo shared through Donate A Photo, Johnson & Johnson will donate one dollar to one of its non-profit partners, which each consumer can choose from a rotating list.

I downloaded the app onto my iPhone and it was super simple to upload my photo – just that simple act and J&J will donate $1 to people in need! Plus, you can donate a photo daily!

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Recycle

You can help support and protect a clean environment. Find recycling solutions near you – this would be a great way to set an example for your children! For additional tips and facts on what and where to recycle, you can visit Care to Recycle where you can also take a quiz on bathroom recycling solutions.

HEALTHY ESSENTIALS® Twitter Party

Join us for a HEALTHY ESSENTIALS® Twitter party all about shareable moments with friends and family – anywhere from online to in the store to your own medicine cabinet. You can use the #Moms4JNJConsumer hashtag to follow along, and see more details and RSVP at the Twtvite! I’ll be there and I hope to see you there!

 

Make sure to check out the HEALTHY ESSENTIALS website and print those money-saving coupons and Donate a Photo! How are you celebrating Earth Day? 

Gearing up for a New Addition: Keeping the Little One Clean and Comfortable

 

 

The thought of adding a new life to an existing family is an exciting one. Nine months of dreaming and hoping with some preparing leading to the day the new baby is born. While dreams and hopes for the newest member are good to have, family members should also make sure they are well stocked prior to his/her arrival. One of the most important items to stock up on is diapers, on average a newborn will go through approximately 2,700 diapers in their first year, according to the website Kids Growth.

In the First Days

The first few days of having a new baby will feel like a blur to their parents. There is a good chance that little sleep will be involved, so keeping the diapering choice in stock and at hand is important. Not only will the baby feel better faster, but the sleepy parent can grab them without much thought.

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When choosing the first diapers to buy there are a few things parents are going to want to consider, according to. Some of these include:

  • The approximate birth weight of the child.  Disposable diapers are sold in sizes determined by the weight of the child, so it is important to have an idea. Don’t worry about getting ones that are too big, they will grow into them.
  • The type of diaper the family wants to use. There are three main types families can choose from cloth, regular disposable and eco-friendly. The Honest Company has information regarding eco-friendly diapering, if this interests you.

Don’t forget the wipes! Baby needs to be clean before the fresh diaper can be applied. Stock up on different types and see what agrees with baby’s skin. Note it might be a good thing to save the receipts or gift receipts for any unopened wipes. If there is a kind that the baby does not seem to agree with return them, unopened, and exchange them for more of what works.

As They Grow

Babies will not stay in one size diaper until they are fully potty trained. Make sure to keep up with the changing sizes so that the child is as comfortable as possible.

As potty training begins, consider switching from diapers all the time to more of a pull up style pant where the child can feel the difference from when they are dry and when they’re not. During the first few weeks of the transition let the child wear continue to wear diapers, according to the experts at Global Post.

On the Go

Whether it’s a family outing to the park or an overnight stay with someone so that mom and dad can have some adult time, there’s a good chance your little one will be traveling. While packing enough clothes for their journey is important it’s also important to keep up on diapering supplies.

Make sure to have a travel changing pad. These can make great gifts, if you want to put them on your baby registry.

Include the contents of what you normally would in the diaper bag, except in larger quantities. If space becomes an issue, there will likely be a store that you can purchase more supplies from when you arrive at your destination.

If the item is only found online, plan ahead and purchase a large enough supply to cover the entire planned length of the trip. It may be a good idea to plan for approximately one diaper per hour, according to the site Baby Center. As you pack, plan for a few extra days to account for weather and other possible travel delays.

For long car trips, consider taking a full bag of diapers to avoid running out while on the road. Keep the supplies handy so that baby can be changed on the move, if needed.

If flying to the destination, consider mailing some supplies such as bulky packs of diapers to the destination prior to your departure. This will help ensure that everything will be in place and ready to go upon your arrival.

Special Considerations

There may be some instances when special circumstances arise, that can potentially impact the purchase of diapers and supplies.

For instance, anytime the child is going to be in the water.  As the child grows and becomes interested in the water, look for products that are specifically made to be used in water.

Keeping the newest member of your family clean and comfortable is a priority for parents. Take some time prior to their arrival to decide the types of products that you wish to use for this activity. Let friends and family members know. There is a good chance people are going to ask what you may want or need for the new little one. Diapers are never a bad thing to ask for. Even if they are not used at first, they will be eventually.