July 12, 2015

5 Quick Tips to Burst Your Energy

It's getting harder and harder to keep up with my kids' busy schedules.  You'd think Summer Break would bring some reprieve, but it's quite the opposite.  Funny thing is during the school year my youngest was the last one to wake but now that Summer's here, he's often up and at 'em way before me.  Go figure.

Busy days at the office often leave me feeling exhausted when I come home.  The kids are on Summer break, I'm not.  I've got to go to work but I still want to spend quality time with my kids when I get home from work so rather than forego some of our favorite Summer activities, I've found a few ways to give me some quick energy boosts.

  1. Lunchtime Walks.  Get up and away from your desk and go outside.  Just a brief 3-5 minute walk a couple of times throughout your workday can make a difference.  I'm cooped up in an office for nearly 9 hours and I can't always go outside but I make a point to get up and go outside a couple of times throughout the day.  Your body will appreciate the Vitamin D and your mind will appreciate the change of atmosphere.
  2. Change Your Snack.  The Vending Machine Revolution hasn't made it to my office yet.  Our office vending machine is full of empty calorie laden, unhealthy snacks.  Save your change and stop by your local farmer's market during lunch to pick up some healthier snack options.  There are plenty of Summer fruit options and the natural sugars will give your body a boost without the crash of those vending machine choices.  Oh, you can also save those quarters for a visit to the local arcade with the kiddos.
  3. Pack Your Lunch.  Thanks to online delivery services my lunch options have greatly increased.  I can order from practically all of my favorite restaurants and even snag an online coupon for free delivery.  Yea though I love the convenience, I loathe the afternoon laziness that accompanies it.  Reality is this money-savin' mama will pay $15 for the lunchtime portion of Chicken Marsala with Naan but I turn my nose up at the $10 healthier green salad with light vinaigrette saying "I'm not paying $10 for a salad".  Save your money and pack your lunch.  Packing your lunch allows you to portion your serving size and save your money for a fab Summer weekend getaway.  One week of packed lunches could equal a full tank of gas.
  4. The Power of Mint.  Ever wonder why mint-flavored gums and mints are the highest selling flavors of gum and mint? Mint offers a proven bursts of energy and not to mention fresh breath.  When I had braces my orthodontist recommended I chew sugarless gum to stimulate healthy saliva and mint flavors were my gum of choice.  Even though I don't wear braces any longer, I still keep sugarfree gum or mints with me.  Recently I was introduced to PUR Mints. I've been a fan of PUR gum for a while because they're sugar free, aspartame free, contain simple ingredients, and my orthodontist approved.  PUR Mints are also non-GMO, gluten free, vegan, nut and soy-free, and they don't spike sugar levels so they're perfect for persons with Diabetes.  PUR has added a mints to their product line available in the traditional Peppermint and Spearmint, but the new lineup also includes a cool Polar Mint and a delightful tasting Mojito Lime Mint.     
  5. Hydrate Thyself.  With temps soaring to record highs, hydration is a must.  Are you really drinking enough water?  Forego the sweet tea and soda during lunch with the girls and opt for water instead.  Tap or bottled, your choice.  Not a huge fan of water?  Believe me I understand, plain water bores me and I admit I don't drink enough water but over the years I've learned a few tips which have helped me increase my daily intake.  First of all, perk up your water by adding a slice of mint or a couple slices of cucumber or fresh fruit or even drop in a peppermint into your glass of water.  My new recent fave is dropping a PUR Mints Tangerine Tango mint into an ice cold glass of water.  It adds a zing to my water and it's a 0 calorie burst of energy.
So there you have it, 5 little tips to burst your energy.  What are some of your favorite energy bursters?  Let me know, leave a comment below.

July 03, 2015

Let's Talk About Some Common Misconceptions About Occasional Incontinence… #PeeHappens

I participated in an Influencer Activation on behalf of Influence Central for Always Discreet. I received product samples to facilitate my review and a promotional item to thank me for my participation

I have this one friend who is the life of the party. When the girls and I get together, her recollections of days gone by have us in stitches. A few weeks ago, we got together for lunch and she was at it again. One of the girls blurted “You are hilarious. Stop it, you’re gonna make me pee on myself.” Then we all started laughing. Back in the day when we were pregnant, a little tinkle happened and now that we’re getting older “PeeHappens”.

Their timing couldn’t have been any better. I had just received samples of Always Discreet bladder protection pads and briefs and happened to have the packages in my car. The girls are always teasing me about my being in the know when it comes to practically everything. “Leave it to Tomi to have some tinkle pads”. Next thing you know we’re all sitting around sipping sweet tea talking about bladder protection. Maybe it was being among friends which made my friends more open to such an awkward conversation. Honestly, I’d never talked to anyone about occasional leaks but after talking with my friends leaks aren’t all that uncommon.

Always Discreet are very discreet and easy to conceal in your clutch or beach bag.

Always Discreet offers liners, pads and underwear with a variety of leakage protection to meet your individual needs. Some may need a light liner for day to day protection. Others may need a pad or underwear for maximum protection. Always Discreet has a product to meet your personal needs.

 Let’s clear up some misconceptions about 
those little accidents we have from to time.

  1. Pee Happens
  2. Urinary incontinence is common. Many women experience incontinence during pregnancy and following childbirth
  3. UTIs (Urinary Tract Infections) may lead to urinary incontinence
  4. Laughing, coughing, sneezing and exercising put pressure on the bladder and may cause occasional incontinence
  5. Certain prescriptions may cause incontinence
  6. Incontinence can be a sign of a more serious underlying condition
  7. Talk with your doctor. It’s great to have a friend you can confide in about your occasional incontinence but talk to your doctor to see if there’s an underlying condition that may be causing your incontinence. I know it’s an awkward conversation, but believe me you are not alone and remember Urinalysis is a covered benefit under PPACA (Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act) and in some instances you may not have to pay a deductible, co-payment or coinsurance for the service.

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So keep laughing…
    Always cover your nose and mouth when you cough or sneeze…
        And don’t let the occasional “oops” ruin your day!

June 10, 2015

Bedtime Devotions with Jesus Book Review

Trustworthy devotional moms and dads can use to make bedtime family time, faith time.

After the busyness of the day is done, before your child nods off to sleep, snuggle up to read God's Word and daily reminders about how much He loves and takes care of us. Bedtime Devotions with Jesus is a collection of prayers and devotions written by pastors, pastor's wives, children's ministers, and other church leaders. In this book are valuable lessons on such topics as thankfulness, obedience, trusting God, being kind, loving others, and many more. God's Word comes alive using simple language, and the devotions are featured with delightful illustrations of teddy bears. This book will teach children ages 4-8 the value and joy of spending time with God every day.

Each devotional includes a scripture, a brief devotional reading, a prayer, and a meaningful takeaway that helps children build a strong foundation of faith. This is the first children's book in the hugely popular MyDaily™ Devotional line. Devotionals for adults in the MyDaily series have sold more than 173,000 copies.

About the Author
    Dr. Johnny Hunt is the senior pastor of First Baptist Church of Woodstock, Georgia. He is a sought after speaker who holds conferences each year for men, senior adults, and youth. He is the president of Timothy Barnabas Ministry designed to encourage pastors and their wives. Devotionals by Johnny Hunt include The One Year Devotional Prayer Book, The One Year Devotional Prayer Book Vol. 2, Pathway to Discipleship, and Walk Through the Word.

My Thoughts
   Bedtime Devotions with Jesus is a cute beginning devotional for new parents to share with their little ones.  It's a great way to wind down your child's busy day and incorporate daily worship into their day.  Although the Bedtime Devotions with Jesus is billed as a book for early readers, I found it to be perfect for sharing with younger children.  

The devotions are brief, easy to read and Bedtime Devotions with Jesus is artfully illustrated with cute animated drawings of teddy bears.  All in all a great book to gift and / or share.

Buy It
   Visit Thomas Nelson to purchase your copy of Bedtime Devotions with Jesus.

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Max and Ruby: Sharing and Caring Now on Nickelodeon DVD

Having a brother or sister isn’t always easy, but Max and Ruby show the importance of working together, and resolving differences in respectful and supportive ways, in the brand new DVD, Max and Ruby: Sharing and Caring. The DVD features 12 “tails,” each with an important lesson that helps preschoolers develop important social skills, including kindness and listening. Created by Nickelodeon and distributed by Paramount Home Media, Max and Ruby: Sharing and Caring is available at stores nationwide.

Max and Ruby: Sharing and Caring includes the following episodes:
  • Picture Perfect/ Detective Ruby/ Superbunny Saves the Cake
  • Max’s Ride/ Max on Guard/ Ruby’s Real Tea Party
  • The Bunny Who Cried Lobster/ Max and the Three Bears/ Little Ruby Hen
  • Ruby's Autograph/ A Toy for Baby Huffington/ Max's Big Dig

June 09, 2015

See Tom Hanks In The First Look at DreamWorks Pictures' BRIDGE OF SPIES, the Dramatic Thriller Directed by Steven Spielberg!

A dramatic thriller set against the backdrop of a series of historic events, DreamWorks Pictures/Fox 2000 Pictures’ “Bridge of Spies” tells the story of James Donovan, a Brooklyn lawyer who finds himself thrust into the center of the Cold War when the CIA sends him on the near-impossible task to negotiate the release of a captured American U-2 pilot. Screenwriters Matt Charman and Ethan Coen & Joel Coen have woven this remarkable experience in Donovan’s life into a story inspired by true events that captures the essence of a man who risked everything and vividly brings his personal journey to life.

Keep reading below the jump for a sneak peek.

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