National Heatstroke Prevention Day

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National Heatstroke Prevention Day

(Thursday July 31st), has been set aside to remind everyone to be vigilant and pay attention.
The U.S. Department of Transportation’s National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services’ Safe Kids Worldwide and the Administration for Children and Families (ACF) are calling on the public to help prevent future tragedies by sharing important safety tips via Twitter and Facebook. Throughout the day, NHTSA and its safety partners will highlight the dangers of this using #checkforbaby and #heatstrokekills.

As a mother of 3 I understand how life can get hectic, so I ask my friends, fans, readers and all those who see this post to please share and like it. The more attention National Heatstroke Prevention Day can get, the better chances we all have at preventing another tragedy.

National Heatstroke Prevention Day

Please remember and take note of some simple ways you can prevent future tragedies:

  • Never leave a child unattended in a vehicle. This applies to all circumstances; whether the windows are down or the air condition is turned on.
  • Make a habit of checking the vehicle. Before you lock the car doors, check the front seat and the back seat.
  • Ask your childcare provider to contact you if a child is expected but does not arrive at the facility.
  • Do and create reminders when traveling with your child. Place your phone, purse or other items you carry with you in the back seat. Use a child toy with a note attached as a reminder. Take one of your shoes off and place it the back seat.
  • Teach children that a vehicle is not a toy.
  • Store cars keys out of reach of your children. Out of site, out of mind.

As community members; if you see a child alone in a vehicle:

  • Immediately call 911 or your local police department.
  • If the child is in distress – do what you can to get the child out of the vehicle as soon as possible.

Please keep in mind these tips apply to your pets as well as your children.



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Summer Hit Single All About That Bass

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Summer Hit Single All About That Bass

This song is so amazingly catchy, I can’t stop listening to it.

All About That Bass – Meghan Trainor

This song of the summer is just too perfect.

Be sure to check out the Meghan Trainor Facebook page and give her a like.


I love the message behind the song. It doesn’t matter how you look or what body type you have – “From the bottom to the top” you are beautiful.

Enjoy the song and the super sassy video!


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Dove Advanced Hair Series Review

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Dove Advanced Hair Series Review

I was recently sent a sample of the Dove Advanced Hair Series Shampoo & Condition and would like to share my review of this product with my readers.

First let me start off by explaining what the Dove Advanced Hair Series is based on the details from

Oxygen Moisture Shampoo is a gentle shampoo that uses Oxyfusion Technology and gives your hair beautiful bounce. This shampoo uses oxygen-fused conditioning technology with the formula rapidly dispersing on your hair. It gently cleanses & moisturizes, breathing life into fine, flat hair.

Features & Benefits:

  • Gently cleanses and moisturizes
  • Gives bounce and natural volume

 Oxygen Moisture Conditioner is a gentle conditioner that delicately smooths your fine, flat hair without weighing it down. With lightweight, oxygen-fused conditioning ingredients, the formula rapidly disperses on your hair.

Features & Benefits:

  • Conditions and smoothes hair without leaving residueDove Advanced Hair Series
  • Breathes life into fine, flat hair



Now on with the review.


Since this is a sample pack I can only tell you my thoughts on the mini bottles. I like the white, crisp look of the bottles. It reminds me of a fresh pair of clean sheets. I think the Advanced Hair Series Shampoo looks a little more elegant with the faded blue color towards the cap. The product label, description and logo are exactly as I would imagine they would be for the Dove Brand. The cap is very easy to unscrew and replace, and no residue was found through my entire use of the sample.


The scent of both the Dove Advanced Hair Series Shampoo and Conditioner reminded me of flowers. (purple flowers to be exact) I personally thought the conditioner had a more prominent fragrance with a little hint of mint. The smell while in the shower was not overly powerful, but more than I am used with my normal shampoo and conditioner choice. The fragrance lasted well beyond my normal work hours. I noticed that even right before bed time I could still smell the floral scent from the shampoo and conditioner.

Color & Texture

The color and texture of the shampoo & conditioner is what you would expect from the Dove line. Clear liquid from the shampoo and a white creamy color for the conditioner. I did not like the texture of the shampoo, as it felt sticky in the palm of my hands as I lathered my hair. The conditioner texture was perfectly creamy while lathering after the shampoo cycle.


As I mentioned in the Color & Texture section, the shampoo did feel sticky in the palm of my hand, but lathered up pretty quickly. It was not as “bubbly” as my normal shampoo, but definitely left my hair feeling clean.  The conditioner lathered into a creamy bubbly mixture. The first time I used the conditioner I noticed that my hair was not as smooth as I would have liked upon rinsing. With this in mind; I decided to leave the conditioner is for about 2 minutes during the next application the next day. Again I was left with my hair feeling like it was rough and unclean. I personally like the silky smooth feeling I get after I condition my hair.


I am very simple when it comes to styling my hair. I am a mother of 3 boys, so it is normally wash, rinse, condition, rinse, add a little mouse and done! This time was no different, I did take a little more time brushing my hair though. I just couldn’t shake the feeling that I had forgotten to condition my hair since it was not as smooth as I normally like it. I added the mouse and continued with my daily routine.


The price of the Dove Advanced Hair Series Shampoo and Condition is very comparable to other products on the market.  The price listed below is based off the website on 7/19/2014.

  • Shampoo – $4.98 12 fl oz
  • Conditioner – $4.98 12 fl oz


I am fairly happy with overall appearance, fragrance and outcome of the Dove Advanced Hair Series Shampoo & Conditioner, however I do not think this is the product for me. It mentions fine, flat hair on both descriptions but the lack of smoothness from the conditioner was the deal breaker. I will have to continue using my normal shampoo and conditioner.


I did receive this product sample for free, however I was not asked and will not be compensated for review. All opinions are 100% my own.

Have you tried the Dove Advanced Hair Series Shampoo and Conditioner? I would love to hear what you thought or think of this product.

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Disney Gummy Sample

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Disney Gummy Sample

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Nature Smart is giving you a chance to try the Disney Gummies. Simply visit the Nature Smart website, enter your name, email and address.

You will be signing up to receive emails from Nature Smart. This is a great sample pack to receive if you are in the market for new vitamins for your children.

This post does NOT contain affiliate links. Opinions are 100% my own.

Nature Smart also provides a fun way for kids to learn about healthy habits. Go check out their Educational Resources section.

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Simple Ways to Stay Hydrated

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Simple Ways to Stay Hydrated

Temperatures in Myrtle Beach, and along the East Coast are going to be outrageously high for the next couple of days. With such a high heat index, everyone is reminded to stay hydrated. You can stay hydrated by drinking water and other fluids, as well as eating foods that are hydrating. You can read the Special Weather Statement for Coastal Horry, SC on

simple ways to stay hydrated

There are simple ways to stay hydrated as long as you know what counts and what can be harmful.

Fruits are an excellent source of water.

  • Watermelon
  • Oranges
  • Cantaloupe
  • Grapefruit
  • Honeydew

Vegetables can also be a great source of water; although do not contain as much water as fruits.

  • Celery
  • Cucumbers
  • Tomatoes
  • Green Peppers
  • Romaine Lettuce

Foods can be full of nurturing water as long as you chose the right ones.

  • Oatmeal
  • Yogurt
  • Soup
  • Smoothies

Beverages  are the most notorious for keeping you hydrated. There might even be a few listed here that you were unaware of.

  • Milk
  • Juice
  • Sports Drinks
  • Sodas
  • Coffee
  • Tea

Alcohol is huge dehydrator and it is suggested to limit your intake on hot summer days. If you choose to raise your glass try to drink a glass of water for every alcoholic beverage you drink.

It is also important to make sure young children stay hydrated as they are sometimes pre-occupied with playtime.

The American Academy of Pediatrics suggests drinking about 3-8 ounces of water every 20 minutes for children 9-12 and about 34-50 ounces per hour for adolescent boys and girls.

If you are having a hard time keeping track of your water intake, try keeping a water log. Write down the times and amounts of each glass, fruit and vegetable you eat or drink.

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Big Daddy Fishing Tournament

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Big Daddy Fishing Tournament

My parents have a cabin on the lake in Santee and my oldest son loves to go spend the weekend.  For the past four years my father has taken my son to the Big Daddy Fishing Tournament in Santee, SC.

The 39th Annual Big Daddy Fishing Event is on August 2, 2014. The event is open to children 12 and under who are sponsored by an adult. Every child will receive prizes and awards just for participating.

If you don’t have a cabin or house close by you can stay in one of the 30 lakeside cabins or sleep under the stars at one of the 157 campsites.

Come out for a fun-filled day of fishing and food. Meet at the Park Store entrance for registration.
Registration will be from 6:30 a.m. to 8:00 am.

This year they will have a boat full as my uncle and 2 first cousins will be joining my dad and son for the Big Daddy Fishing Tournament. After registration, they will a head to Shoney’s for breakfast, stock up the coolers and then hit the water with poles in hand.

Big Daddy Fishing Tournament

  • August 2, 2014, 6:30 AM – 4:30 PM
  • Meeting Place : The Park Store entrance for registration Registration will be from 6:30 a.m. to 8:00 am.
  • What to Bring : Water, insect repellent, sun block, and fishing gear.
  • Event Hours : 6:30am to 4:30pm
  • Fee : The fishing tournament is free, but there is a charge of $2.00 for adults, $1.25 for seniors at the state park.

For more details or lodging information visit

Once they get back I will be sure to post some pictures.



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5 Ways to Keep a Baby Awake During Feedings

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5 Ways to Keep a Baby Awake During Feedings

If you are like me, I sometimes find it hard to keep my 2 month old awake long enough to finish his bottle.

5 ways to keep a baby awake during feedings

There are times when he will drink the entire 4 oz bottle within 30 minutes. But then there are times when it takes him almost an hour to finish. Other times he falls asleep around 3 oz of formula.

I have found that if he doesn’t finish the bottle, he is hungry within the hour. If he falls asleep while feeding, he only sleeps for about 40 minutes. Now my husband and myself both work full time so being on a schedule is a must. The oldest two kids are on schedules and it just works for us.

My 2 month old has been falling asleep while feeding more and more lately, so I came up with a list of things to try to keep him awake.

  • Lay him on his back and rub his belly. I have found that rubbing the baby’s belly starts to get him stimulated enough to stay up and eat.
  • Change the diaper. Again, the sudden coolness while removing his footy pajamas crates stimulation to keep him awake.
  • Time for a bath. On the rare occasion that 1 and 2 don’t work, I rely on a warm bath to get him to wake up just enough to finish the bottle.
  • Outdoor time. When the temperatures outside aren’t quite so high, I will occasionally take the baby outside. The new surroundings keep him curious and learning.
  • Bring on the siblings. When all else fails, I call for back up. My 2 year old loves to give his baby brother hugs and kisses. Of course this immediately wakes him up and he is ready to finish his feeding.

Have tried some if not all of these tricks with our own babies?

Do you have any sure fire ways to keep babies awake long enough to finish feeding that didn’t make my list?

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