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Früsh is an innovative new line of yogurt and fruit superdrinks made with real fruit and creamy yogurt. Früsh is available in 8.4oz and 32oz sizes of four fruit-filled flavors: Blueberry, Strawberry, Peach, and Strawberry Banana. Each contains 9 grams of protein, Howaru Bifido probiotics to boost immunity and aid digestion, and TruCal and calcium from milk sources which provide 50% of the recommended daily calcium requirement.  Früsh is sold at Bi-Lo, Ingles, and Lowes Foods.  That all sounds very well you might say, but do they taste good? That’s the real test, isn’t it? Well let me tell you, they’re awesome.

Beauty Sleeping recently had the pleasure of holding a taste test for this yummy new product and Früsh sent an amazingly generous package which included 6 of each flavor, product coupons, and ‘like’ buttons for the taste testers. I put them to the test with the world’s most discriminating of epicures…children! And their parents too, of course. The consensus was that Früsh gets a giant thumbs-up. Everyone loved them, and *several* of the kids wanted a second one immediately after they finished the first!

The Blueberry variety was the favorite with the under-four-foot crowd, while most of the adults enjoyed Strawberry or Peach. Of course, that could be because the kids made off with all the Blueberry first. In fact, there’s a rumor that the Beauty Sleeping children actually drank ALL of the Blueberry Früsh before the tasting party, necessitating replacements to be purchased.  That’s just a rumor of course.  Strawberry Banana was a strong contender as well but a lot of people mentioned that they would have preferred a Raspberry option instead.

I would like to thank Früsh for this thoroughly enjoyable opportunity. Please visit Früsh at gofrush.com or find them on Facebook at facebook.com/gofrush to Shake It Up!

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If you have little ones with allergies then you’re probably already familiar with Children’s Claritin. It’s a lifesaver for many of us and an indispensable part of the allergy season ‘survival kit’ that all allergy moms keep on hand. Children’s Claritin has long been part of my own ‘survival kit’ and I’m proud to say that BeautySleeping is now part of the Children’s Claritin Mom Crew. Mom Select and Children’s Claritin have put together this initiative to help moms and kids with tips and resources to get through allergy season. There’s a printable coupon for Children’s Claritin available here

Disclosure: As a member of the Children’s Claritin Mom Crew, I receive product samples and promotional items to share and use as I see fit. No monetary compensation has taken place and any opinions expressed by me are honest and reflect my actual experience

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I’m so pleased to announce that Beauty Sleeping has been chosen to take part in this special opportunity, Coppertone Water MOMS. We all know how important sun protection for everyone, but especially our little ones, is during the summer. I’m committed to making sure my babies are protected EVERY time they’re exposed to the sun and I hope you are too! I received an absolutely fantastic welcome kit from Mom Select and Coppertone which included a canvas tote bag, samples of Coppertone products, a water bottle, and an inflatable beach ball. I’ve already handed out almost all of the sample tubes of sunscreen. Thank you Mom Select and Coppertone!

Disclosure: As a member of the Coppertone® Water MOMS group, I receive product samples and promotional items to share and use as I see fit. No monetary compensation has taken place and any opinions expressed by me are honest and reflect my actual experience.

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342: approximately the number of times this morning that I’ve ‘reminded’ the kids to stop fighting.  Maybe there’s something to this Friday the 13th business after all.  They’ve argued over cardboard boxes (apparently there is a correct and incorrect way to imprison one’s sibling in one), whose Lunchable is whose, which cup they should each drink from, how close their feet are to each other’s on the couch (my personal favorite), and about 18,443 other things that matter to no one.  Bossypants is home from school for the second day in a row due to teacher ‘in-service’ workdays.  That means today equals one day longer than she and Little Man can feasibly coexist without imminent meltdown.  Despite it being freezing cold outside I have bundled them up and sent them out to annoy the goats and chickens, may the powers-that-be help them.  The goats and chickens, that is.

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Something I couldn’t have foreseen 10 years ago has recently been rattling around in my brain.  I want a job.  10  years ago I was in the military and fed up that I didn’t get to spend enough time with my husband and kids.  Being at home all day sounded like the BEST THING EVER.  Oh, how I laugh at 10-years-ago me.  I was so naive.  I thought spending time with the under-5 crowd all day sounded super fun.  And for a while it was.  We made crafts, I cooked a lot, we cuddled.  It slowly devolved into a mind-numbing groundhog day-esque existence where everything was the same, every day.  Now a good day is when I wear my socks right-side out.  Bonus points if they match.

I gently approached the topic of mommy getting a job while everyone was at the dinner table the other night and the effect was quite dramatic.  Bossypants actually cried, Boyscout laughed, and Little Man informed me that ‘you belong to me, mama’.  The problem of course being that Little Man is still at home–he won’t be in kindergarten until next fall.  Boy Scout works crazy and unpredictable hours that would make it difficult if not impossible to count on him for childcare and let’s face it, paying for childcare would kind of defeat the purpose.  Which all adds up to NO SOUP FOR YOU.  Job, that is.

I need out, people!  Somebody send me a hacksaw in a krispy kreme.  Or just forget the saw and send the Krispy Kreme.  If I can’t actually escape to a job I can put myself in a sugar coma and drift along until Little Man gets to kindergarten.

“You can check out anytime you like, but you can never leave….”

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Lessons:

*  If you ever have a few hours and a few brain cells to kill, try to explain the internet to a 3 year old.

*  Look inside the toaster before you plug it in.  You never know when a sneaky preschooler might decide it needs a rubber band in it.  And then you’ll be sad when you’re eating rubber-scented Pop Tarts.

*  You can be 100% sure that if you put on a clean white shirt either your child or your dog will reward you with a muddy paw or a sticky hand (or both if it’s your lucky day) within the first five minutes.  Bonus smart points for you if you’re such a genius that you go put on another clean white shirt after the first one gets trashed.

Beauty find:

*  My skin is irritable right now due to Retin-A and I’ve been digging through every product I own to look for something soothing.  A friend sent me a sample jar of Shiseido’s Future Solution Total Revitalizing Cream a while back and it’s the only thing I’ve been able to put on my face in the last two days that doesn’t feel like a bath of gasoline and lit matches.  Alas, the full size carries a price tag which I fear would send Boy Scout to an early grave (either from shock or apoplexy) if I seriously entertained the idea of purchasing a jar.  I’ll put it on the list of things to buy if we ever have more disposable income than we know what to do with.  As if.

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In what may be the oddest bit of news I’ve seen about this case lately, a protester swiped a bag of garbage from the Anthony home Tuesday morning.  She took the garbage to her own home and went through it to look for any evidence or clues that may be useful in locating Caylee.  Since it was left on the curb, which is public property, it was perfectly legal for ‘Lorraine’ (as she wishes to be identified) to take the garbage.  I’m truly not sure what to think about this.  New low in this case?  Gutsy move?  Just gross?  She didn’t find anything worthwhile, by the way.

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