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PostHeaderIcon Tips on staying healthy this Flu season + $5 Rebate

I am blessed with children who do not get sick very often. I would like to take all the credit and say it was because I nursed them but I can’t be sure of that. I am just grateful for whatever the reason. Sadly for some, it seems their children are always coming down with something.

The fall and winter is approaching quickly. It is our job as parents to keep our children healthy and minimizing the impact of cold and flu season is top of mind. Germs can spread easily when kids are in school sharing lunches and school supplies, playing with friends, and participating in extracurricular activities. It’s important to keep your kids healthy so they can stay active, alert and not miss any school. The experts at Lysol recommend getting a flu shot, washing your hands with soap and water and scrub thoroughly for 20 seconds, and routinely clean and disinfect surfaces to help stop the spread of germs. Lysol Spray and Lysol Wipes kill 99.9% of bacteria and viruses on hard non porous surfaces.

Here are some things we don and don’t do to stay healthy during the cold months.

1. One thing we do NOT do in our home is get flu shots. I have never had one and neither have my sons. Many many years ago, my then boyfriend, went to get one and he became sicker than you can imagine. I don’t think he left bed for more than 5 or 10 minute stretches. I have seen this happen to other people as well. I am just not willing to do that.

2. The amount of hand sanitizer around here is crazy. It’s in the kitchen, bathroom, living room, my purse and my jeep. My son even has one attached to his back pack! We use it frequently.

3. Public restrooms: this one always makes me laugh. We go in, we use the bathroom, we wash our hands, we touch the door handle and leave. How many people before you did not wash their hands and touched that door handle?I used to feel like I was some kind of germaphobe but I have seen A LOT of people doing this.. Wash your hands and then use the paper towel to open the door, hold the door with your foot or elbow and throw the towel away. I do this every time. I can’t say the boys always do but I know I have seen them do it.

4. I walk around the house several times a week with Lysol Disinfecting Wipes and wipe down all of the door knobs, remote controls, the phone and especially the video game controllers. I also wipe down frequently played with toys.

5. I sanitize our toothbrushes regularly to prevent the growth and spread of bacteria, germs and viruses. We have a sanitizer machine that uses  ultraviolet sterilizing lamps to sanitize the toothbrush, killing harmful bacteria and viruses. If it is not in your budget to buy one, soak your brush for about five minutes once a week in mouthwash to sanitize the brush of germs and bacteria.

More info on Lysol: http://www.lysol.com/mission-for-health

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I would love to hear how you keep your home a little more germ free!

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PostHeaderIcon Growums Garden Kits: They grow it, They eat it (Giveaway)

Spring is here!  If you are like me that means planting! Gardening is one of my absolute favorite hobbies. Anyone can plant some seeds or bulbs, anyone dig up an already established garden and replant it in their own yard. I like to get involved in my garden and the boys love it too. I always wondered if they would eat certain vegetables if they actually grew them on their own. Well this year I am putting that to the test with the Growums Garden Kits. We are planting the seeds to help get them more into gardening and on the path to healthy eating.

According to the American Gardening Association, 98 percent of kids who grow their own vegetables, eat them so I am hopeful! Now Growums gives kids the tools they need to get started with specially-themed garden kits that combine learning and fun with an unique and exciting online educational experience to grow vegetables and herbs; all with a little help from a colorful cast of herb and vegetable characters!

  • Though there may be other gardening kits on the market labeled for children, this is the only kit known to offer an interactive platform.  The characters enhance the entire gardening experience with a fun and entertaining approach that instills the healthy eating habits so important in the struggle against childhood obesity.
  • Kids can choose from six fun kits including Herb Garden, Pizza Garden, Salad Garden, Stir-fry Garden, Taco Garden and Ratatouille Garden to grow a real garden with virtual world fun.  Each garden kit features unique, magical coco or peat pellets that make planting and growing practically foolproof.
  • Kids start by going to http://www.growums.com/ to register their garden and follow the colorful characters in a virtual garden world that shows them how to care for their vegetables.  This animated step-by-step series of mini videos are updated every ten days with tips on what to expect next and how to care for the seedlings.  With a little help and information from Tomicio the tomato, Frank Cilantro, Belle Peppa, Ice Berg the lettuce wrapper and, of course, Elvis Parsley and more; in a matter of weeks kids will be able to harvest fresh vegetables and herbs to create nutritious meals.  Weekly emails also alert children to next steps and explain topics including watering, weeding, growth cycles and more.
  • Healthy eating is a key component in the battle against childhood obesity.  The Growums program:
  • Gives children a life-changing experience, teaching them that they can grow their own food and help the environment, as well as emphasize the importance of healthy eating
  • Gives them gardening knowledge and shows them the skills it takes to become a successful gardener – no matter what their age
  • Gives kids a chance to have fun quality time with their parents, siblings and grandparents in the garden
  • And offers them unique online play with colorful cartoon characters that transform gardening into a fun and entertaining experience
  • Growums are available online and at independent garden centers across the country as well as for use as fundraisers.  For every Growums garden kit purchased through a fundraiser, a generous portion goes to the child’s school or organization and the company donates a portion of proceeds to feed needy children.

These little kits are just amazing. As you can see from our Cucumbers below, they are growing like crazy! This is part of the Salad kit. I have never see anything grow this fast. It was so simple to get them planted it really took us less than 15 minutes to plant 2 kits. We did have some seeds not grow at all but like the package suggests, we replanted in 10 days. It has been a long time since I have been able to have a vegetable garden and I am so excited to see this one growing. The boys are not big on vegetables but they are so excited to try everything that they are growing. I will do a follow up on this once we have vegetables coming in!

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Giveaway: (2) Winner will each receive one Garden Kit.

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PostHeaderIcon Get ready for swimsuit season with Campbell’s (Giveaway)

One of the things that Spencer and I spent a lot of time eating this winter was soup. I have tried with Royal but he just wants no part of it. The variety of soups on the market at the moment is just crazy. One could easily stand there feeling completely overwhelmed with what to choose.

We have always heard that soup can be a secret weapon in weight loss. Research has shown that when people eat soup before a meal they are more likely to eat less at that meal overall, and helps you feel full longer because of the higher water content. Now, the 2010 Dietary Guidelines for Americans, the new government recommendations on what people should eat, recognize the power of soup as well! The report states that “soup, particularly broth or water-based soups, may lead to decreased calorie intake and body weight over time.”

With swimsuit season coming, we are all looking for a delicious way to eat well and better manage our weight as we inch closer to the “season”. Campbell’s Select Harvest Light soups contain only 80 calories or less per serving. With varieties like Minestrone with Whole Grain Pasta and Savory Chicken with Vegetables, you can enjoy a great tasting bowl of soup that is also a smart decision for your waistline.

In addition, all 11 Select Harvest Light varieties are 100% Natural, meaning they contain no artificial flavors, colors or preservatives. These soups also use high-quality, real ingredients and contain no MSG.

Giveaway: To help you enjoy these soups I am giving away a Campbell’s Select Harvest Light soup kit filled with (4) Crate and Barrel Soup Bowls (these are way cuter in person), (1)  One Porcelain Ladle and Campbell’s Select Harvest full-value coupons so you can try some soup for free!

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PostHeaderIcon Thomas’ Bagel Thins Morning Tips

At the start of the year many people are likely thinking about ways to improve their health, as well as their family’s health.  Breakfast, being the most important meal of the day, is a great place to start…but mornings are tough! Mom’s know that herself and an entire family ready for the day is no easy task! Luckily, there is no reason you can’t eat a healthy breakfast. Nutritionist, Keri Glassman, author of the O2 Diet and Thomas’ Bagel Thins are teaming up to give you the opportunity to learn a new way of thinking about breakfast foods, by giving you some fabulous morning tips and recipes to start 2011 off on the right foot. These helpful tips are simple ways of starting your day off the right way and the recipes provide great alternatives to the regular breakfast routine. They are simple ways of making breakfast fun and nutritious and you can even get the kids to help!

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