Motherhood Defined http://www.motherhooddefined.com There are no boundaries in motherhood! Fri, 22 May 2015 02:28:59 +0000 en-US hourly 1 http://wordpress.org/?v=4.2.2 American Gift Doll Sweepstakes http://www.motherhooddefined.com/american-gift-doll-sweepstakes/ http://www.motherhooddefined.com/american-gift-doll-sweepstakes/#respond Wed, 20 May 2015 23:00:39 +0000 http://www.motherhooddefined.com/?p=49070 One winner will receive their choice of American Gift doll and book. American Gift Sweepstakes Sweepstakes Rules: Ends on June 3, 2015. Open to valid residents of the US only, ages 18+. Void where prohibited by law. Only one entrant per household may enter. Sweepstakes is not associated with Facebook, Twitter, Google +, Pinterest or Instagram in anyway. Blog participants are not responsible for prize delivery. For questions concerning this sweepstakes or to be sponsor in an upcoming MPM Network {Read More}

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American Gift Sweepstakes

One winner will receive their choice of American Gift doll and book.

American Gift Sweepstakes

Sweepstakes Rules: Ends on June 3, 2015. Open to valid residents of the US only, ages 18+. Void where prohibited by law. Only one entrant per household may enter. Sweepstakes is not associated with Facebook, Twitter, Google +, Pinterest or Instagram in anyway. Blog participants are not responsible for prize delivery. For questions concerning this sweepstakes or to be sponsor in an upcoming MPM Network event, please email teri@mompoweredmedia.com.

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5 Ways To Clean Out A Cluttered Home http://www.motherhooddefined.com/5-ways-to-clean-out-a-cluttered-home/ http://www.motherhooddefined.com/5-ways-to-clean-out-a-cluttered-home/#respond Wed, 20 May 2015 16:26:55 +0000 http://www.motherhooddefined.com/?p=49055 This is a sponsored post written by me on behalf of DairyPure Milk for IZEA. All opinions are 100% mine. It is a proven fact that clutter can cause a decline in mood. Now who wants that? Not us, said my family and we began a mission to clean out our cluttered home, removing everything that wasn’t necessary in our life. 5 Ways To Clean Out A Cluttered Home 1. If it is stacked up or piled up, it goes. {Read More}

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This is a sponsored post written by me on behalf of DairyPure Milk for IZEA. All opinions are 100% mine.

It is a proven fact that clutter can cause a decline in mood. Now who wants that? Not us, said my family and we began a mission to clean out our cluttered home, removing everything that wasn’t necessary in our life.

5 Ways To Clean Out A Cluttered Home

5 Ways To Clean Out A Cluttered Home

1. If it is stacked up or piled up, it goes.

2. Remove any clothing and shoes you have not worn in the last two years.

3. Clean out the food pantry.

4. Just say no. One of the easiest way to declutter is to stop adding to it.

5. Use what you have before you buy more. Like enjoying snack time with a peanut butter sandwich and DairyPure milk available from your local dairy, a simple choice for moms (get DairyPure Recipe inspiration on Pinterest).

Snacktime with DairyPure milk

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5 Tips For Working From Home With A Toddler http://www.motherhooddefined.com/5-tips-for-working-from-home-with-a-toddler/ http://www.motherhooddefined.com/5-tips-for-working-from-home-with-a-toddler/#respond Wed, 20 May 2015 00:44:57 +0000 http://www.motherhooddefined.com/?p=49036 If you work from home and have children at home you know how hard it can be to juggle both your work and your home life. It is often made doubly hard by the age of your children, and their individual needs. Here are 5 Tips For Working From Home With A Toddler that are sure to help you stay on top of your game, and give your kids the quality time that they need. 5 TIPS FOR WORKING FROM {Read More}

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If you work from home and have children at home you know how hard it can be to juggle both your work and your home life. It is often made doubly hard by the age of your children, and their individual needs. Here are 5 Tips For Working From Home With A Toddler that are sure to help you stay on top of your game, and give your kids the quality time that they need.

5 Tips For Working From Home With A Toddler

5 TIPS FOR WORKING FROM HOME WITH A TODDLER

Turn Off The Noise. Help yourself focus better by turning off the music, tv and sounds around you. Focus on your work instead to get projects and tasks done in a more timely manner.

Create A Realistic Schedule. While you would love to have a typical 9-5 work day, when you are juggling both a work at home job and a child that typically isn’t going to happen. Become realistic about their needs as well as your own and set your office hours to reflect that. If you have to have extended evening “work” time to make up for early morning naps, play time, and snack time, then work toward that. Don’t set yourself up for failure by limiting yourself to a standard schedule.

Include Them In Your Office. Even though many work from home jobs don’t allow for small children to “help” with the work, there are ways you can incorporate them into your daily office routine. Create a kid corner in your home office with their own “work” to do. Puzzles, toys, a children’s laptop or tablet are all great ideas. Chalkboards, dry erase boards and felt boards are all great items to have to occupy their time.

Work Smarter Not Harder. This one is often a tough one for all of us to grasp, but it is especially important in issues when you are trying to juggle work and home life. Figure out what work practices are the most profitable for you and make it your goal to focus on them.

Hire A Babysitter. While it may not be affordable for everyone, hiring a babysitter to help you out at least one day per week will give you the freedom you need to get projects done without interruptions. Check with local teens during summer months for inexpensive help, or look into local church “moms day out” programs that give you a few hours to one day a week of child care with ease.

Working from home is becoming a more and more popular way to make a living for men and women alike. Whether you are working for someone else as a virtual assistant or running your own home business, it can be tough with kids underfoot. These 5 tips for working from home with a toddler can help you stay focused, be productive and conquer your to do list.

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Gift List For Her: The Things You Really Need http://www.motherhooddefined.com/gift-list-for-her-the-things-you-really-need/ http://www.motherhooddefined.com/gift-list-for-her-the-things-you-really-need/#comments Tue, 19 May 2015 17:33:54 +0000 http://www.motherhooddefined.com/?p=49062 Mother’s Day may have passed, but that doesn’t mean that the celebrating should end. Nothing says “I appreciate you every day of the year,” like being surprised with the perfect pair of sunglasses, or a new set of headphones. Seriously—it may not be diamonds and roses, but sometimes a practical present hits the spot. In lieu of that, I’ve teamed up with Goodshop, an online “coupons for good” company, to put together a spunky Gift List For Her. Print this {Read More}

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Mother’s Day may have passed, but that doesn’t mean that the celebrating should end. Nothing says “I appreciate you every day of the year,” like being surprised with the perfect pair of sunglasses, or a new set of headphones. Seriously—it may not be diamonds and roses, but sometimes a practical present hits the spot. In lieu of that, I’ve teamed up with Goodshop, an online “coupons for good” company, to put together a spunky Gift List For Her. Print this out and sneak it onto your husband’s desk. You’ll thank me when that new set of dishes you’ve been eyeing magically appears on your kitchen counter. Until then, happy dreaming!

For The Jetsetter

You know you are a jetsetter at heart if you are always somewhere exotic— whether it’s off bird watching in the Amazon or sipping Piña Coladas on a beach in Hawaii.

Be treated to this Rio Printed Cosmetics Bag from Vera Bradley – sure to be an essential no matter where she jets off to next. Save up to 70% on travel accessories and raise 2.5% of your purchase to support a cause.

For that afternoon safari or sunbathing session you’ve got planned, get gifted this pair of Adeline Seaglass Champagne Glasses from Toms and get $5 off on your purchase.

great gifts for her purse and sunglasses

For the Master Chef

Cooking is truly an art-form, and for any of you who call the kitchen your studio—these are the perfect gifts for you.

Give your amazing preparations the display they deserve with this West Elm Potter’s Workshop Tableware Set. Earn 1% of your purchases for your cause and get 10% off by
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You could also be gifted this Floral Lace Vintage-Inspired Apron to help you feel beautiful while starting on her new recipes. Combine your gift with other Sur La Table purchases for 20% off.

gifts for her tablewear and apron

For The “Woman-trepreneur”

Sometimes, you just have to move at a million miles per minute. A slow day is one where you’re juggling your own business, a book tour, and four excitable children—all with a smile on your face.

Help keep the energy up all day with a Personalized “Love You Mom” Coffee Mug from Zazzle and get 30% off at their Mother’s Day Gift Center.

Alternatively, brighten up your workspace with this trendy Spring Branches Decal from Fab.com and save 10% on any order. 3.5% of your purchase amount goes to support a cause.

gifts for her coffee mug and wall decals

For The Athlete

Whether you’re signing up for the latest charity marathon or sneaking out early for a morning tennis match, you make fitness a priority.

Help keep track of your work out – and look stylish while you do – with this Water Resistant Aberdeen Watch from Adidas. Get up to 40% off and 4.5% of your purchase is donated to a cause.

Meanwhile, these Inspire Sports Earphones from Athleta (with this free shipping deal) will allow you to pair your favorite tracks with your training.

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For The Fashionista

And then, there are the days where you are the belle of the ball. Everything falls just right, and your earrings sparkle in that perfect way.

If so, you’re sure to love this pretty pair of Hazel Heels from Ruche for your next night out, and you’re sure to love their free shipping offer.

Or offer her a perfect pairing for her new summer dress with this Multi Garden Floral Scarf from Lands’ End. Get a 25% off coupon and earn up to 4% of your purchase in donations.

gifts for her scarf and heels

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Magic Castle Bounce House Giveaway http://www.motherhooddefined.com/magic-castle-bounce-house-giveaway/ http://www.motherhooddefined.com/magic-castle-bounce-house-giveaway/#comments Mon, 18 May 2015 13:00:55 +0000 http://www.motherhooddefined.com/?p=49039 Welcome to the Magic Castle Bounce House Giveaway Sponsored by Blast Zone Hosted by Kathy’s Savings This giveaway is for a Magic Castle Bounce House from Blast Zone. It has a retail value of $399! This is open to the U.S. only and it will run from 5/18-6/1. Please check out Kathy’s Savings review on the Hydro Rush Inflatable Water Park. Good luck to everyone. Entry-Form Disclosure: Kathy’s Savings and all other participating bloggers are not responsible for prize shipment. {Read More}

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Welcome to the Magic Castle Bounce House Giveaway

Sponsored by Blast Zone

Hosted by Kathy’s Savings

Magic Castle Giveaway

This giveaway is for a Magic Castle Bounce House from Blast Zone. It has a retail value of $399! This is open to the U.S. only and it will run from 5/18-6/1. Please check out Kathy’s Savings review on the Hydro Rush Inflatable Water Park. Good luck to everyone.

Disclosure: Kathy’s Savings and all other participating bloggers are not responsible for prize shipment. The giveaway is in no way administered, sponsored, or endorsed by or associated with Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest or any other social media. The winner will be contacted by email and have 48 hours to respond before a new winner is drawn.

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6 Tasty Poolside Snacks http://www.motherhooddefined.com/poolside-snacks/ http://www.motherhooddefined.com/poolside-snacks/#comments Sun, 17 May 2015 16:07:25 +0000 http://www.motherhooddefined.com/?p=49043 School is nearly out for summer and many families like mine will be heading for a little pool time. So come out of hibernation, pack your bags, remember the sunscreen and poolside snacks because it’s about to get real fun. Simply, tasty snack foods are perfect as they require little preparation if any and most of the time the prep work can be done the night before. Keep in mind that poolside food should be healthy and quick to keep {Read More}

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School is nearly out for summer and many families like mine will be heading for a little pool time. So come out of hibernation, pack your bags, remember the sunscreen and poolside snacks because it’s about to get real fun.

Simply, tasty snack foods are perfect as they require little preparation if any and most of the time the prep work can be done the night before. Keep in mind that poolside food should be healthy and quick to keep in tune with the perfect summer day. Here are 10 tasty poolside snacks to help you make the most of your time by the pool.

6 Tasty Poolside Snacks

6 Tasty Poolside Snacks

Fresh Cut Fruit is the ideal summer treat. It offers a bit of sweet while providing a few of the vitamins needed for a healthy diet. Choice several types like melons, grapes and strawberries to ensure that you have a little something to please everyone.

Crackers and cheese are great when looking for something that is super quick and filling. As a mom of seven, pool time often results in little hungry, monsters. I have found one of the best ways to curb their appetite till the next meal is by offering a few pieces of cheese and wheat crackers.

Vegetable platters are a wonderful choice. Keep in mind though while the veggies themselves can handle the warmer weather, dips should always be kept cold.

El Monterey Taquitos Box

El Monterey Taquitos are perfect if you have access to an oven. These quick treats offer a delicious mix of chicken or beef and cheese with the crunch that my family adores. Serve them with fresh guacamole and pico de gallo for added flare.

Trail Mix is a quick option. You can buy this prepackaged or make your own using a basic recipe contains peanuts, raisins and chocolate candies. For more filling mix add dried fruit such as cranberries, sunflower seeds and pretzels.

Chips and Salsa is the traditional crowd pleaser. I have yet to met a person who doesn’t like the basic tortilla chip. Now salsa comes in many styles, we general keep a mild and medium since the kids don’t care for spicy as much as my husband and I do.

What is your favorite summer snack?

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Step Stool Chef celebrates kid independence and leadership! http://www.motherhooddefined.com/step-stool-chef/ http://www.motherhooddefined.com/step-stool-chef/#comments Sun, 17 May 2015 02:38:44 +0000 http://www.motherhooddefined.com/?p=49031 Remarkable things can happen when you listen to your kids.  Our cooking journey began by listening to four simple words: “I can do it”.  It was my son’s 3rd birthday and it was the coldest day of the year. We were snowed in and our plans to celebrate had been cancelled.  We were able to make the most of our day as we filled it with snow angels, snow men and snowball fights, but what’s a birthday without birthday cake.  {Read More}

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Remarkable things can happen when you listen to your kids.  Our cooking journey began by listening to four simple words: “I can do it”.  It was my son’s 3rd birthday and it was the coldest day of the year. We were snowed in and our plans to celebrate had been cancelled.  We were able to make the most of our day as we filled it with snow angels, snow men and snowball fights, but what’s a birthday without birthday cake.  As luck would have it, we had all the ingredients needed to make a homemade cake using my grandmother’s recipe.  As I prepared to make the cake, I heard it… “I can do it”.  He wanted to make his own birthday cake so that he could wear his new chef’s jacket that he received for Christmas.  My first thought was to say “no, let mommy do it”.  It’s so easy to say “no”.  It would be lot easier and faster if I do it… Plus I would have to clean the big mess, right.

Step Stool Chef

However, I quickly realize that kids can rise to the occasion once given a chance. So with the assistance of a step stool and a little help from mommy, my budding chef did a great job making his cake.  And regarding clean up… well, he did that too.  He was beaming with such a sense of pride and confidence that I had never seen before.  Not only was he proud of his accomplishment, I could also tell that he was excited to show me what he could do.

Voila

Kids need opportunities to lead and a safe space to take risks.  They can surprise us once we release the limitations we place on them.  The Step Stool Chef is dedicated to celebrating kid independence and leadership. We feature a “kids teaching kids” approach to cooking that features easy to follow recipes for kids to try at home.  At the Step Stool Chef, the kids are the leaders and the parents are the assistants.  We believe that with the right tools & support, kids can do anything!

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How to Properly Pack a Suitcase for Travel http://www.motherhooddefined.com/how-to-properly-pack-a-suitcase-for-travel/ http://www.motherhooddefined.com/how-to-properly-pack-a-suitcase-for-travel/#comments Sun, 17 May 2015 02:21:59 +0000 http://www.motherhooddefined.com/?p=48988 This is a sponsored post written by me on behalf of Atlantic Luggage for IZEA. All opinions are 100% mine. Most of our travel adventures are family based, meaning that all 6 of us are going along for the fun. It doesn’t matter if it a road trip or by plane, we always have the same problem – Fitting Everything In The Suitcases! As you can imagine from our different personalities and ages, we all have our own ideas on {Read More}

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This is a sponsored post written by me on behalf of Atlantic Luggage for IZEA. All opinions are 100% mine.

Most of our travel adventures are family based, meaning that all 6 of us are going along for the fun. It doesn’t matter if it a road trip or by plane, we always have the same problem – Fitting Everything In The Suitcases! As you can imagine from our different personalities and ages, we all have our own ideas on what is a must take along. From shoes to stuffies, everything must have a place. So knowing how to properly pack a suitcase became very important knowledge to have and I am happy to share those tips with you!

How to Properly Pack a Suitcase for Travel

How to Properly Pack a Suitcase for Travel

1. Choose your luggage wisely. You will be amazed how much you can fit into each piece, ridding you of the hassle of multiple pieces of luggage to carry or to worry about in the airport. Atlantic Luggage has innovative features such as the Link2Go™ system, which allows you to connect multiple pieces of luggage for easy one handed rolling. Or, their 360-degree 4-Wheel Spinners allows for easy guiding and steering through busy terminals. Atlantic Luggage has thought of it all, taking the struggle out of traveling for the whole family. 

2. Go over the itinerary with the adults and teens traveling. This allows each person to know what to expect and allows time plan out what each person needs to bring along in advance and leave the unnecessary items at home.

3. Check the weather often. When preparing for travel to somewhere I am not familiar with, I often check not only the expected weather but also that of the past year or two. Mother nature is famous for changing her mind at a moments notice, so I like to be prepared when possible.

4. Make a checklist for each person and as a family. Forgetting something at home can not only be disappointing but also an expensive mistake. Even the smallest of things like a cellphone charger can spell issues when on the go.

5. Pack the odd sized items first. Place things like your shoes in the bottom and pack around them to help keep everything level, allowing you to fit more in the suitcase without the bulge.

6. Leave the extras at home when staying in a hotel or resort. More often than not, the place you stay overnight will offer amenities like a blow dryer and soaps at no additional cost. Take advantage of this feature to say space and weight in your travel gear.

7. Master the roll and fold. No matter which style you prefer, make sure you practice several times in advance. Knowing how to roll and fold down is important when packing much in a small area.

8. Wear the bulk! Taking a jacket or boots along with you as you travel by plane? Why not wear them? You can easily shed the jacket and store it in an overhead bin. Doing this will save you weight when checking bags and also headache when not.

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Pirate Packed Disney World Vacation http://www.motherhooddefined.com/pirate-packed-disney-world-vacation/ http://www.motherhooddefined.com/pirate-packed-disney-world-vacation/#comments Fri, 15 May 2015 14:42:03 +0000 http://www.motherhooddefined.com/?p=49020 Anyone that enjoys the world of pirates and pirate ships will fall in love with the idea of immersing themselves in a world of pirates. Disney has so many versions of pirates that there is a pirate adventure for everyone. You can put together a pirate themed vacation for children of all ages, and adults too, that includes special experiences, tours and exploring popular parts of the parks. Use these ideas to help you put together a pirate packed Disney {Read More}

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Anyone that enjoys the world of pirates and pirate ships will fall in love with the idea of immersing themselves in a world of pirates. Disney has so many versions of pirates that there is a pirate adventure for everyone. You can put together a pirate themed vacation for children of all ages, and adults too, that includes special experiences, tours and exploring popular parts of the parks.

Pirate Packed Disney World Vacation

Use these ideas to help you put together a pirate packed Disney World vacation for the entire family.

Dress Like a Pirate and The Pirate League

The Pirate League is a favorite of so many Disney fans, young and old, because it is the fastest way to immerse yourself in the world of pirates. Head to Adventureland for the ultimate pirate experience for both boys and girls, pirates and pirate princesses and even the mermaids that they come across in their adventures. Everyone is given the chance to dress up, get some face paint and go on a pirate adventure before joining the daily parade through Adventureland as part of the Pirate Parade. Your adventure depends on the package you choose, but all of them are pretty neat and budget friendly.

Pirates of the Caribbean Ride

If you loved the Pirates of the Caribbean films, this ride will take you right into their world and send you off on a thrilling adventure. Take to the sea with all the characters that inspired the films that you have come to love in this audio animatronics that is a story as much as it is a ride. Pirates of the Caribbean is a Disney World classic and must be experienced by everyone that heads to the Magic Kingdom.

Pirates of the Caribbean Ship

Challenge Yourself to the Pirate’s Adventure

Disney World knows how much its guests love pirates so it has put together the Pirate’s Adventure as a way for guests to get in all the pirate fun they can while completing a challenge. Head over to the Crow’s Nest in Adventureland to pick up a magic talisman and card to keep track of missions as you complete them. Families can work on these missions in a morning, throughout the day or even complete them over the week.

Fight Like a Pirate

Join Captain Jack Sparrow’s crew of pirates and scallywags in a pirate’s tutorial that is part lesson, part show. Guests of all ages are invited to participate in this outdoor show that is held in Magic Kingdom daily. Recruits are instructed in the art of sword fighting, basic pirate defense and the pirate’s oath.

Tinkerbell at Disney

Take Flight With Peter Pan

Head over to Peter Pan’s Flight to ride over the city of London just like Peter and Wendy did aboard a pirate ship. This ride takes you through all the iconic film favorites before returning to the nursery in London where the entire adventure began. The entire family can get onboard for this ride as it’s more about seeing and telling than thrills.

Pirate Adventure Cruises

For children that want to have the ultimate pirate experience while at Disney World, there are several different pirate adventure cruises to head out on, over water and land. Children will get the chance to take to the open water, seek treasure and visit ports of call as they learn all about living the life of a pirate.

Where would you start your pirate adventure?

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What is LBL and what causes it? http://www.motherhooddefined.com/what-is-lbl-and-what-causes-it/ http://www.motherhooddefined.com/what-is-lbl-and-what-causes-it/#respond Fri, 15 May 2015 00:45:56 +0000 http://www.motherhooddefined.com/?p=49013 Everyone is emailing want to know what is LBL, what causes it and how in the world I recycle period pads. Other than a big pain in the behind, LBL occurs in one out of every three women. So even if you are not effected, chances are you know someone who is. It’s possible that you or a loved one is ashamed to admit the little leaks that can be triggered by everyday occurrences like coughing, sneezing, laughing and exercise. I know {Read More}

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Everyone is emailing want to know what is LBL, what causes it and how in the world I recycle period pads. Other than a big pain in the behind, LBL occurs in one out of every three women. So even if you are not effected, chances are you know someone who is. It’s possible that you or a loved one is ashamed to admit the little leaks that can be triggered by everyday occurrences like coughing, sneezing, laughing and exercise. I know I was in denial for years.

You Better Recycle Those Pads

If nothing else, you must know this: you are not alone and it is not your fault. Weak pelvic floor muscles, pregnancy, childbirth and weight gain are just a few LBL contributors. These reasons arise out of our everyday life, starting a family and just a part of ageing.

No two women are alike, there’s no single reason that LBL happens. For me, it was the result of 4 c-section childbirths and now being overweight. While I maybe able to fix one of these, the other is simply a result of something magical and I will not regret it for even one moment. Not even when I have to rush to the bathroom to take a pee or change my clothes because my evening jog came with a surprise of the not so nice kind.

Soap and water

For some, LBL occurs from complications from surgery, stroke, or chronic diseases like diabetes, multiple sclerosis (MS) or Parkinson’s disease. Even bladder or urinary tract infections can cause damage to your body and result in light bladder leakage. In the end, it probably doesn’t matter how it started, what is important is how to manage it.

Women deserve the best options for managing LBL and I am proud to speak out often on the issue. By providing education, management tips and my personal experiences, I hope that more will accept and even find comfort in the condition with our support. Whether you leak a little when you laugh, or sometimes have a sudden urge to go, Poise gives you one less thing to worry about any time of day or night. Their pads and liners are specifically designed for LBL, which makes them an easy choice for the 1 in 3 women with light bladder leaks.

Designed to move with your body, new Poise Thin-Shape pads feature Super Absorbent Material (SAM) and a Thin-Flex design for extraordinary protection that’s still 3x drier than period pads to help you take care of leaks with confidence. After trying a few brands, I quickly realized for for my active lifestyle, Poise was the best solution. They mold to my body allowing me to move without fear. I wouldn’t be caught on a job or even in the air without my Poise pad!

Taking my challenge and making the switch? Grab you Poise free samples and give yourself a big hug from me! Then, recycle period pads. Go ahead and gather them all up and put them to good use. How, you say? There are so many uses: cleaning the microwave, removing chalk and even cleaning your child’s beloved toys!

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Add a little soap and water to the top of the period pads. Then whip the stuffie clean! Stop laughing, I may not be thrifty but I am a greenie at heart. Recycle where you can to save the world a little at a time.

Today’s post is sponsored by Poise, by my love for their LBL products is all my own!

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Quick and Easy: Theme Party Ideas for The Last Minute http://www.motherhooddefined.com/quick-and-easy-theme-party-ideas/ http://www.motherhooddefined.com/quick-and-easy-theme-party-ideas/#comments Thu, 14 May 2015 14:55:29 +0000 http://www.motherhooddefined.com/?p=49007 Organizing the greatest party for you children is not an easy task. Especially if you start the building your theme party ideas and preparations in the last moment. Theme parties usually require a lot of time and devotion because every detail matters. If you want to make mesmerizing party but you lack any suitable ideas, we will help you to make the best choice for your theme party. Of course, there are hundreds of excellent ideas but we will pick {Read More}

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Organizing the greatest party for you children is not an easy task. Especially if you start the building your theme party ideas and preparations in the last moment. Theme parties usually require a lot of time and devotion because every detail matters. If you want to make mesmerizing party but you lack any suitable ideas, we will help you to make the best choice for your theme party. Of course, there are hundreds of excellent ideas but we will pick up those ones that require less organization and less cleaning in the end. To create funny and joyful atmosphere for the party is not so difficult – all you need is motivation and readiness to show your creative skills.

To organize the funniest party in the neighborhood you need to have some basic materials to start with. Balloons and some decorative items are things that you need to buy, no matter of the theme party that you plan to organize. We will suggest you some ideas that are easy to be applied for the last minute parties:

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The Rainbow Birthday Party

The rainbow birthday theme is a great idea both for girls and boys. The best part is that it is easy for execution and it is time consuming. For the purpose you need colourful decorative items – you can try with polka-dot pin wheels as well as with paper lanterns. In addition to this you can add the party hats that are indispensable part of every birthday party. You do not need to buy any additional materials for this theme party but if you prefer you can draw some pictures on the hats to create cheerful mood.

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A Wonderful Wet Party

If you really want to create fun for the children, but the premises inside your home are inappropriate for this purpose, we offer you this amazing alternative – a wonderful water party outside your home. You need to be supplied with bouncing balls and slippery sides – and to think of competitions that could be created with these materials. For the purpose you need to have bigger yard and keep in mind this type of theme party is particularly suitable for the hot summer days.

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A favorite star theme party

This is probably the most popular theme party and in most cases it is preferred by the children. For the purpose you need to be supplied with posters, hats, clothes as well as with plastic plates of their favorite celebrities. If you cannot find these things in the stores, you can always buy them online. You can easily clean after such theme party because you do not need to wash the dishes – you can simply throw them away after the party finishes. If you don’t have enough time you could always hire a professionals like TopdDomesticCleaners Abbey Wood.

These are some innovative ideas for theme parties that you can use whenever your child wants to organize its birthday party. These ideas are easy to be applied and they can be planned at the last moment. If you show real motivation, you can also add some of your ideas that will contribute for the joyful atmosphere at the party. If your busy working schedule does not allow you to devote all of your time on the organizing of the party, choose one of these ideas and you will certainly be pleased with the final results.

Do not forget to provide adequate cleaning for the premises after finishing with the party. Prepare the vacuum cleaner and the mop and clean immaculately every corner of the room. If the kids have made a mess that probably means that they have enjoyed their wonderful theme party!

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Protecting the most important things in life. http://www.motherhooddefined.com/protecting-the-most-important-things-in-life/ http://www.motherhooddefined.com/protecting-the-most-important-things-in-life/#comments Wed, 13 May 2015 23:20:26 +0000 http://www.motherhooddefined.com/?p=49000 Warmer weather means summer travel and tons of outdoor activities. From heading to Disney for a weekend to experiencing the mud run as a family, we often find the words ‘play hard and get dirt’ are one and the same. This is where all free clear comes in and helps this supermom in protecting the most important things in life without them even knowing! Take my Low’s best friends for example. These adorable plushy characters would deserve nothing but the best treatment. They have {Read More}

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Warmer weather means summer travel and tons of outdoor activities. From heading to Disney for a weekend to experiencing the mud run as a family, we often find the words ‘play hard and get dirt’ are one and the same. This is where all free clear comes in and helps this supermom in protecting the most important things in life without them even knowing!

Protecting the most important things in life.

Take my Low’s best friends for example. These adorable plushy characters would deserve nothing but the best treatment. They have been there for his first dentist visit, his first plane ride and even his snuggle to battle those fears of being alone in the dark. Using a pediatrician recommended detergent is not only suggested but a requirement in my home. I wouldn’t want to be on the receiving end of my guy’s wrath if something ever happened to Mike and Sully. No way, no how.

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Though in all honesty, the most important things in my life are not things at all but human beings. My family, my children are everything to me and I can’t even being to think of a world where they do not exist. Talk about a hard swallow just typing those words.

Every moment, yes – even the small ones like laying in the grass and watching the clouds past by, are stocked away as a memory in our lives. One that I will cherish for as long as I am able. Our time on this Earth can be ended at any moment unexpectedly. So each day when I wake up, I am joyful to see their smiling and occasionally grumpy faces. A kiss, a huge and a sweet good morning can always be had in our home.

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While our travels and excursions are a plenty to be had, I am always a careful and thoughtful watcher. Making sure that everyone is safe and happy along the way. Hopefully one day, they will look back on the moments and remember my love for them. They will hold on to my strength even as they grow until adulthood and pass it on to their family in the future.

Thank you to all free clear for sponsoring today’s post and inspiring me to try all free clear, the #1 recommended by dermatologists.

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Overscheduled: Breaking Down the Calendar to Build Up a Family http://www.motherhooddefined.com/breaking-down-the-calendar-to-build-up-a-family/ http://www.motherhooddefined.com/breaking-down-the-calendar-to-build-up-a-family/#respond Wed, 13 May 2015 22:04:23 +0000 http://www.motherhooddefined.com/?p=48996 Well, it’s happening. At last, I get it. After watching generations of parents before me surrender to the chaos of the calendar (after vowing to never be foolish or weak), I am now in the same position, struggling to keep family time alive against a schedule chock-full of my children’s activities. It is tough to say no, to withdraw from the race, to pull your kids away from various opportunities to make solid friends. I want to help get their {Read More}

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Well, it’s happening. At last, I get it. After watching generations of parents before me surrender to the chaos of the calendar (after vowing to never be foolish or weak), I am now in the same position, struggling to keep family time alive against a schedule chock-full of my children’s activities.

It is tough to say no, to withdraw from the race, to pull your kids away from various opportunities to make solid friends. I want to help get their little bodies in motion and their brains processing. I want them to soak in the wild blue yonder, rather than the television, Xbox and iPad.

These days, it seems that everyone is overscheduled. We even compare our levels of insanity and share the magnitude of our misery to create a sense of identification. Nearly every parent is on a quest for a night home with nowhere to be, no whistles, no clubs, no school plays – just peace, just quiet and perhaps a hot tea or a cold cocktail to help us sink into relaxation.

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I recently became more aware of how my gang of 6 is responding to this societal norm. After a year of becoming increasingly overbooked (and increasingly stressed), I started paying more attention to the anxiety stirring in our bellies. What did I see? We needed to start saying no more.

As of late, I’ve been building a barricade around Sundays. I want that day to hold sacred time for worship, joy, family dinner and rest. It’s been worth it, but it hasn’t come easy. For example, I had to break the news to a man who generously volunteers his time to coach one of my kid’s sports teams. He opted to add Sunday practices, but I chose (and still choose) to not send my child. While I may anger some for creating intention around our family’s boundaries, I feel I need to fight for this time of rejuvenation and bonding, just as I would fight for any other form of happiness or survival in our lives.

Wear the Cape’s resident expert on character education Philip Brown, PhD recently compiled “5 Tips to Avoid Overbooking Your Kids and Create Life Balance”. Dr. Brown, a senior consultant at the National School Climate Center, aptly pointed out, “Finding balance is not an easy task in a society of great abundance…Our interests and our desire to give our children every opportunity to succeed can inadvertently pull us into adding an ever increasing number of activities, dates, plans and obligations.”

A list that imparts valuable guidance on how to build a sense of self in children, regardless of which activities are on the calendar, here are Dr. Brown’s “5 Tips to Avoid Overbooking Your Kids and Find Life Balance”: 

1    Let your kids know that you care about them for who they are, not just what they can do. Children need to know that your love is not contingent on their achievements.

2   Remember that children do not have the same sense of time that you do. Part of growing up is being able to put things in perspective. There will likely be another friend, another team, another trip if this one does not work out.

3   Give kids free time to try new things, as well as the permission to give them up and try something else.Working hard at something you love to do is one of the best parts of life. It takes some of us a lot of experimenting to find those things we love.

4   Be sensitive to individual needs and persistent in offering opportunities. Some kids organize their time and find their interests with just a little exposure; other kids may need a bit of a push to try things that don’t seem attractive or interesting (or may be threatening). If you need to be pushy, try to offer alternatives, so kids have a voice in what they will be doing. For example, some children thrive in competitive sports, and others may find their niche in hiking or dancing.

5   Remember to include exposure to helping others in your family activities. One of the best ways of developing empathy in our children (and ourselves) is to feel the gratitude that is expressed when we help others. This doesn’t happen if we don’t have the opportunity of interacting with others in need or whom we help. This can happen within the context of the family itself, as well, and doesn’t necessarily require a formal charity event. Create opportunities in which children can feel that they have meaningfully helped other family members or the whole family accomplish something. The combination of caring, responsibility, feeling respected, and gratitude is a powerful stew that nourishes the soul.

“Saying ‘no’ when demands become more than we can handle, or to children who may feel that they are supposed to be involved with everything their friends are doing to keep up, is not easy, and can be particularly difficult if our sense of self, who we want to believe we are or should be, seems dependent on saying ‘yes’ and doing it all,” explained Dr. Brown.

Time is such a precious commodity. So much is said about the meaning of life, and when those before us remind us of lessons learned, the common theme is to live life to the fullest. To me, that doesn’t mean schedule every minute of time – it means live in the moment, enjoy those you love, and do what makes you happy whenever possible. As a mom and woman in charge of my family’s calendar, I feel it is my duty to pay attention to all competing forces and make decisions that are right for us over the long-term.

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Leigh Ann Errico is a certified Leadership Coach and the founder and CEO of Wear the Cape and the kidkind foundation (www.wearthecapekids.com).

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Tips for Unplugging and What to Do Once You Go Offline http://www.motherhooddefined.com/tips-for-unplugging-and-what-to-do-once-go-offline/ http://www.motherhooddefined.com/tips-for-unplugging-and-what-to-do-once-go-offline/#comments Wed, 13 May 2015 19:27:20 +0000 http://www.motherhooddefined.com/?p=48986 This is a sponsored post written by me on behalf of JOLLY TIME Pop Corn for IZEA. All opinions are 100% mine. Today, we take the JOLLY TIME Pop Corn family pledge to Unplug. Pop. Connect. Taking the family experience back by disconnecting from all technology and truly enjoy some quality time! I hope each of you will join me in this challenge as it is so important for us to reconnect with each other as often as possible. Tips for Unplugging and {Read More}

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This is a sponsored post written by me on behalf of JOLLY TIME Pop Corn for IZEA. All opinions are 100% mine.

Today, we take the JOLLY TIME Pop Corn family pledge to Unplug. Pop. Connect. Taking the family experience back by disconnecting from all technology and truly enjoy some quality time! I hope each of you will join me in this challenge as it is so important for us to reconnect with each other as often as possible.

Tips for Unplugging and What to Do Once You Go Offline

Tips for Unplugging and What to Do Once Go Offline

1. Turn off the TV, pop a bowl of your favorite JOLLY TIME Pop Corn and break out the family board games! This opens the table for catching up on what is going on in everyone’s lives. Not to mention board games help improve brain skills and will keep you sharp on your toes.

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2. Place all the cellphones in the center of the dining table during your next family meal. The first to grab theirs clean the kitchen: dishes and all!

3. Head off to the wilderness for a weekend. While you should carry along a cellphone *just encase*, there is no reason to use it unless there is an emergency. Connect with your love ones around the campfire, tell stories and even simple chat while waiting for the fish to bite.

4. Family road trips can be as exciting and as educational as you wish to make them. Stop often at oddball places like the world’s largest strawberry and even historical areas like the Grand Canyon. Take lots of pictures, breathe the fresh air and just enjoy spending time together.

5. Explore locally. This is one of my favorites with my children. We often put on our tennis shoes and head off in whichever direction our heart desires. We chat along the way, take in the changes to their area and get our exercise in for the day all in just a few hours.

For more tips and to take the challenge, visit JOLLY TIME Unplug Pop Connect site and share your family pledges in order to receive a high value coupon or possibly win a prize package!

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Natural Ways to Sleep Better http://www.motherhooddefined.com/natural-ways-to-sleep-better/ http://www.motherhooddefined.com/natural-ways-to-sleep-better/#comments Wed, 13 May 2015 01:42:16 +0000 http://www.motherhooddefined.com/?p=48977 Getting proper sleep has never been more important – inadequate sleep is considered a risk factor for obesity, heart disease and other chronic diseases. An estimated 50-70 million adults in the U.S. suffer from sleep disturbances, leaving many people on the hunt for for natural, cost-effective solutions to improve sleep quality. Americans’ ongoing sleep problems have caused the use of sleep aids to skyrocket – but I recommend starting with your fridge for solutions, instead of the medicine cabinet. Take {Read More}

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Getting proper sleep has never been more important – inadequate sleep is considered a risk factor for obesity, heart disease and other chronic diseases.

An estimated 50-70 million adults in the U.S. suffer from sleep disturbances, leaving many people on the hunt for for natural, cost-effective solutions to improve sleep quality.

Americans’ ongoing sleep problems have caused the use of sleep aids to skyrocket – but I recommend starting with your fridge for solutions, instead of the medicine cabinet.

Take a look at your diet. Cut down on caffeine and alcohol, particularly in the evening, and instead of reaching for an extra cup of coffee in the morning, try drinking a glass of tart cherry juice at night. Research shows tart cherry juice can help reduce the severity of insomnia and improve sleep efficiency.

My recommendations for creating a bedtime routine and getting a better night’s rest are simple:

Go red before bed: Change your bedtime ritual by adding tart cherries to your routine. Get started by drinking a glass of tart cherry juice in the evening before you go to bed for seven consecutive days.

Be anti-social: The screens from gadgets can emit blue light that suppresses the sleep hormone melatonin causing alertness, so forget about social media before bed. Keep the room quiet, dark and cool, creating a calm sanctuary.

Hit the gym: Decompress from stress with exercise. Exercise anytime is good for improving sleep patterns.

Set your internal alarm: Keep the same bedtime and wake-up time everyday, which helps to set your biological clock that controls rhythms for wake and sleep.

Dr. Carol Ash - HeadshotAbout Dr. Carol Ash, Director of Sleep Medicine for Meridian Health

Carol Ash, DO, is a board-certified general internist, fellowship-trained pulmonary, critical care and sleep medicine specialist with more than 15 years’ experience in clinical medicine. Currently, Dr. Ash is the director of Sleep Medicine at Meridian Health in New Jersey. A graduate of Seton Hall University and the University of Medicine and Dentistry of New Jersey (UMDNJ), Dr. Ash has been a featured speaker at a NASA-sponsored convention about countering fatigue in aviation and has presented a similar program before the National Business Aviation Association (NBAA), and has lectured for various corporate aviation audiences including engagements at International Operators Convention (IOC) and Corporate Aviation Safety Stand-down (CASS).

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