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October 25, 2017

How to Date Your Kids

How to date your kids

Dating your kids is so very important. Whether you have a picnic, dinner and a movie or take them some place special, you need to date your kids! I love that each year my dad still takes me out to lunch for my birthday! That has been a tradition since I was two years old. Now I have kids of my own, and I do the same thing to them! Recently, I took my kids with my mom for an extra special date! We went to the Great Wolf Lodge for a Howl-O-Ween experience! We had such great time at the Monster Bash Dance Parties, Trick-or-Treat trail, Spooktacular Story Time and Costume Parade. And that isn’t even including all the fun we had at the park and other fun activities they normally have!Continue reading

What Goes on in Palmyra Virginia

This content is sponsored by the Monsanto Fund’s America’s Farmers Community Outreach
programs, but views and thoughts are my own and written from my heart I am #MyTownProud.

It isn’t the hills that beckon or that sound that one hears when they listen. It is the way the grass moves in the wind and the way that the river flows and the rocks that the children throw on its shores. These are the shores where history was made. There are people who are ready to share the tales of time gone by in historical Palmyra.

We are a town of many faces and histories. The city of Palmyra, Virginia is full of people who grew up here and the people who moved here and never wanted to move on. We are a little rural community that believes in one another. We are a hand to hold and a day to explore. We have apple orchards and a country store. We have fresh vegetables that are passed to you by the hands that nurtured them. We have farmers who have jams to sell and the homemade bread on which to lay the spread. We have fresh eggs from chickens that roam.Continue reading

October 19, 2017

What to do in Mount Airy North Carolina

What to do in Mount Airy North Carolina

In my quest to spend more time making memories with my children than working more for money for a vacation. I am traveling to smaller towns that offer exceptional experiences for pennies on a dollar. We are diligently living on our 40,000 budget so we are doing  Budget Travel: Family Vacation Travel on a Budget. I was invited to tour Mount Airy North Carolina “Mayberry” as part of a conference called Travel Media Showcase. I decided to share what I know.

Have you been to North Carolina? I had a great time during my trip and I want to share with you my list of what to do in Mount Airy, North Carolina

The first thing I can tell you is to relax. That is what Mount Airy is about. It is about the people and their love of their community. There wasn’t anyone who wasn’t friendly, helpful, or kind. We met the people who made the town, who had grown up there all their lives and who weren’t changed.  Mount Airy like any town has a history of its own. It features things to do for the young to the old. It has travel destinations worthy of its large neighbors, but they don’t have the heart of Mayberry.Continue reading

What I Wish I Knew Before My House Burned

Disclosure: I received compensation for my participation in this campaign. I am part of the Mom It Forward Influencer Network. I hope you will learn more about home fire safety and make sure your family and house is prepared and safe.

The twisted metal gleamed and reflected the red flames of fire. The smoke cloaked the air as my breathing was labored. I wasn’t sure what to do with all my hopes and dreams disintegrated in front of my eyes. It was August 25th when my house burned to the ground. I was grateful my family, and our dogs made it out alive, but the trauma of losing all of our material possessions still keep me from sleeping at night. The smell of the wood, the ashes, and the heat that melted what once was only to be replaced by what will be.

The remnants of my life lay tattered and worn under piles of debris. I found my sadness grows from the snapshots of my life that weren’t salvageable the pictures, cards, furniture, and art that can’t be replaced. I couldn’t find my most precious photos, but I was able to grab my wedding ring before the fire took more of my memories.

Be prepared with these home fire safety tips.

What you need to know because it may save your life is that each year nearly 3,000 American dies from home fires. Many of these fatalities could be prevented with proper placement and maintenance of working smoke alarms, as well as prior emergency and escape planning.

Ensuring properly functioning smoke alarms are installed throughout the home – one on each level and in every bedroom, as the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) recommends – is the first line of defense for fire prevention. Additionally, alarms must be regularly tested for proper alarm and battery functionality – and all alarms must be replaced at least every 10 years.

Often dubbed “the silent killer,” CO is a colorless and odorless gas that is impossible to detect without an alarm. Compounding the issue and concern is that CO poisoning is notoriously difficult to diagnose – often until it’s too late. The symptoms mimic those of many other illnesses including nausea, headaches, dizziness, weakness, chest pain and vomiting. In more severe poisoning cases, people may experience disorientation or unconsciousness, or suffer long-term neurological disabilities, cardio-respiratory failure or death.

Keep your house and family ready and safe, read our house fire safety.

Alarms do not last forever; smoke alarms and newer carbon monoxide alarms last for 10-years. When alarms are due for replacement, upgrading your level of protection with devices containing 10-year sealed batteries, which offer tamper-proof, hassle-free protection while eliminating the need to replace batteries for the life of the alarms.Continue reading

Natural Ways to Get Rid of the Flu

The day started like any other. The dog whined, and I stumbled out of bed over one book and right into a stuffed animal that was left in the hall to protect me while I slept. I moved down the stairs and grabbed my Samsung phone, so I could use the flashlight since the sun must not have a dog to jolt it from its slumber.

I began the potty lap awaiting success and wondered can dogs be taught to use the potty. I also began to think why is it I am the only one that gets up for the dog? Why am I the one that gets everything organized and takes care of everything? Then I remembered I have a T-shirt that says “Mom.” It means Master of macrocosm you know the person responsible for the whole world.

I am the kind of person who takes the world by the “horn.” I wait for no one or nothing. I need what I need, and I need it now because I do not have the time or the ability to juggle my full schedule.

Trip to Ireland

While I was thinking about world domination or the trip I just took Ireland, I decided to check into my health on the app that is on my Samsung phone and yours too. It is called Samsung Health. It is free and tracks everything you need to be the best version of yourself. I am able to track:

1) Health goals
2) Track your activity (How many steps)
3) Biometric data
4) Stress level
5) Calories
6) Water intake
7) Track your progress against your friends
8) Start a health challenge with work out plans (I plan to do a “baby 5k”.)

Use Samsung Health app on your phone to help with your goals of a healthier lifestyle.

And guess what? I can use my Samsung Health App to complete Online Doctor visits. Yes, you read right I can connect with a doctor right from my phone. I decided to give it a try. They are available 24/7. These online consultations may even be covered by your insurance coverage. They can even provide prescriptions to your local pharmacy if your condition requires one. The Samsung Health app provides the biometric data you’ve tracked in Samsung Health directly with the doctor you see online.

The program currently offers urgent care services only this October.

Common Conditions treated with Urgent Care
Sinus infection
Cold/upper respiratory infection
Sore throat
UTI (Urinary Tract Infection)
Yeast Infection
Pink Eye/Conjunctivitis
Stomach Infection (Gastroenteritis)
Hypertension/high blood pressure

Note: There will be services such as nutrition and therapy services.

Samsung Health App online doctor visits

I wanted to know how you can prevent the Flu because we can’t get the vaccine. I am not currently sick but I wanted to test the service for you, and I wanted to prevent getting sick this season. I simply filled out the information and selected a doctor. I was told it would take a moment for them to review my details. Then we met using my phone from the comfort of my couch. I didn’t have to deal with waiting rooms or people in the waiting room.

I found out while there isn’t a prevention for the FLU if you can’t get the vaccine these tips are very helpful.

1) Wash your hands frequently
2) Do not come in contact with people who have the FLU
3) Do not share drinks or food with others.

If you find yourself with the FLU in your system, it is imperative to get help within 48 hours. You can easily use your Samsung Health app to contact a medical professional. They can give you a prescription to limit the intensity of the FLU and help you through the condition.

You can also use the app on your phone to help with your goals of a healthier lifestyle.

I have been using my app to work on eating healthier, tracking workouts, and sleep which all positively impact my health.

Use Samsung Health app on your phone to help with your goals of a healthier lifestyle.

The app provides your health care provider with the following information:

1. Biometric data with your doctor. Samsung Health measures these health data points:
2. Pulse (bpm) – The pulse is the measure of the heart rate, which is the number of times the heart beats per minute. The pulse rate may go up or down depending on various factors, including exercise, illness, injury, and emotion. A normal resting pulse rate for healthy adults is between 60 and 100 beats per minute.
3. SpO2 – The pulse-ox measures the percentage of oxygen in the blood. The percent of oxygen in the blood can go down if a person is not breathing well, such as during an asthma attack or when they have pneumonia. It also might be low if a person has a disease such as congestive heart failure.
4. Blood Pressure – Blood pressure is the force of the blood pushing against the artery walls. Blood pressure can vary depending on exercise, illness, injury, and emotion. However, consistently high blood pressure is called hypertension and is related to a higher risk of heart attack or stroke.
5. Weight (self-reported) – Weight is an important measure to understand the general health of adults or children. Any unintended rapid weight loss or weight gain is a sign of a potential illness.
6. Glucose (self-reported) – Glucose is the amount of sugar in the blood. Normally the body can regulate sugar in the blood appropriately, however, in times of illness, blood sugar can become dangerously high or low. Also, patients who have conditions like diabetes need their blood sugar closely monitored to ensure that they are at normal levels.

Using Samsung Health App to track health and for online doctor visits

How did my visit go?

I found my visit to be delightful. I felt that the doctor was there for me. He was very helpful and asked me additional questions so he could make sure that my needs were met. I highly suggest this method of medical treatment. I used my device to select a doctor, and in under 5 minutes, there was a doctor on my screen ready to help me.

I am sure you are wondering “How much does it cost?”
Well, I have a promo code for you, so it is only $49. The normal price is $59. Let me tell you what it doesn’t cost. It doesn’t cost time spent in long lines, hours to speak to a doctor, payment up front and some crazy amount months later, getting sicker by being around sick people, and most importantly your health. You will speak to a doctor around our schedule, not theirs.

Use the promo code SAMSUNG12 to get $10 OFF of a doctor visit which is regularly $59, making it $49 with use of the code; expires 3/31/18.

Sign-up and try Ask an Expert and try for yourself on your Samsung phones. I also wanted you to know that people who sign up for Ask an Expert can earn Samsung rewards points, subject to the following terms and conditions.

Use Samsung Health app on your phone to help with your goals of a healthier lifestyle.

If you do find yourself with the flu, I have found that these tips have helped me in the past get better sooner. I love Natural ways to get rid of the FLU.

  • Keep yourself cool! Use a “BeKool” pack. It is a no-drug cooling pack that you can stick right on your forehead to help with fevers! I love that it is drug free and sticks really well, no more trying to hold an ice pack on your head!
  • Get your rest! I know this is a tip you probably hear often, but it is probably the #1 way to help with any sickness.When you are resting your body has time to fight any infection and help you get better, sooner.
  • Drink hot drinks! Hot drinks not only sooth irritation in your throat, but they will also relieve nasal congestion and keep you hydrated.  Hot tea or water with some lemon juice and honey is a sick persons best friend!
  • Take a steamy shower! Steam is great for moisturizing your nasal passages, and the hot water can sooth aches and pains that often come with the flu.
  • Blow your nose gently and often! Blowing your nose is better then sniffling, which will just send that mucus right back into your head. But it is important to note to blow your nose gently! Blowing your nose to hard can make you dizzy and cause an earache. The best way to blow your nose is to plug one side and blow gently, and do the same on the other side. (Make sure to wash your hands often after blowing your nose!)
  • Eat chicken soup! No eating chicken soup is not just something that is comforting while your sick, it has been medically proven to help with colds and the flu. It’s anti-inflammatory properties can help relieve the congestion associated with the Flu.
  • Drink some OJ! Or anything else containing Vitamin C. Vitamin C has an antioxidant that not only helps prevent infections, but helps fight them when you get one, so drink up!
  • Gargle Salt Water! Gargling is a great way to sooth a sore throat or coughing. Mix 1 tsp salt with 1 glass of warm water and gargle several times a day.
  • Take a Detox Bath! Going back to steam being great for your stuffy nose, take it one step further by making a “detox bath” All you need for this is 2 cups of Epsom salt, 1 cup of baking soda, and some ginger root! Make your bath water as hot as you can stand it and pour all the above ingredients into the  bath and soak for 40 mins. This will help detoxify your body and help you get rid of the flu sooner. (Note: I did this last night and feel at least 50% better than I did yesterday!)
  • Eat some Garlic! Garlic naturally has a lot of antibiotic and antiviral properties and it can really help lessen the severity and time of an illness. I personally don’t mind the taste of garlic so I can pop a piece in my mouth and suck on it. But if you don’t like it as much as me, chew it up as quick as you can and swallow.
  • Apple Cider Vinegar! Yep, apple cider vinegar is good for yet something else! A tsp in warm water gargled can help with a sore throat, and studies show it’s also great for killing viruses.

Disclaimer: Compensation for this post was provided to me by Samsung via MomTrends. The opinions expressed herein are those of the author and are not indicative of the opinions of Samsung or MomTrends. Ask an Expert (Online Doctor Visits) is a service offered through Samsung Health that helps you easily connect to medical and wellness experts from your phone. Samsung Health requires a compatible Android phone and a Samsung account. The Online Doctor Visits service is available in the U.S., except in Arkansas. The service is not for people suffering from medical emergencies or serious life-threatening conditions. If you have a serious medical concern, please call 911 or proceed to the nearest emergency department.

Tips For Handling Body Odor During Puberty In Boys

Disclosure: Post sponsored by Mirum. This is a guest post written by my husband for RealAdviceGal but all opinions expressed here are his own.

As a parent, you don’t want to think about dealing with puberty in boys.  There are dozens of scary to parents moments to consider, but they aren’t all as tough to handle as you anticipate.  One thing that is easy to manage with most boys and teens is to manage body odor during this time.

Check out our Tips For Handling Body Odor During Puberty In Boys! This guide will have your sons smelling great without a fight! #DontSweatStains #Kroger #ad

Tips For Handling Body Odor During Puberty In Boys

At some point in time, all males experienced it: that rite of passage from childhood to manhood. I vividly recall being a boy, waking five minutes before I was supposed to leave for school. With bad breath and bed head, smelling something like what I’d imagine an opossum to be like and throwing on the same pair of sweat pants I’d worn all week, I’d head off for another day of endless monotony. I mean, who really cared what people, much less girls, thought? After all, didn’t they have Cooties anyway?

Thankfully for my classmates, testosterone triumphed over those childish ways, much to the dismay of my mother (and mothers everywhere). I’d donned new clothes; put enough gel in my curtained hair that it was stiffer than famed Cowboy’s Coach Jimmy Johnson’s. To boot, I’d put on enough cheap cologne from Dad’s medicine cabinet that you could smell me from a country mile. The change brought about a million sighs from mom and high fives from my suddenly proud Papa, other than the annoyance of his having to buy extraordinary amounts of cheap cologne.

Hopefully gelled hair and sweat pants aren’t as prevalent today, but the metamorphosis of young men is still inevitable. Fortunately, we can share some good ideas for how to tame that body odor that exists during puberty in boys.

Encourage regular bathing.  Teen boys often want to skip this vital part of their day, but to combat the unusual odors their body is now making it is important.  Sometimes this means putting your foot down as a parent and making it a must each day whether they want to or not.  Give them the time by making sure they get enough rest at night so an earlier alarm in the morning is easy to manage.  Puberty in boys is hard to navigate, but in some things you have to put your foot down as a parent.

Make laundry duty mandatory not an option.  For some guys, once they start having to deal with their own laundry and the smells they include it is easier to realize how important cleanliness is in life.  Make them take over their own laundry if they aren’t already.  They will learn a valuable tool for life, and just might have a bit more compassion for mom and dad and the chores they have been doing.

Use the right products. Kroger carries Axe and Degree Dry Spray products that are anti-mark protection antiperspirants that provide 48-hour odor and wetness protection. This means the protection they offer will last all day and they don’t have to overspray or reapply throughout the day.  We’ve all been around the guy who went a bit overboard on their body spray, so this makes it a great option and your son can leave the house smelling fresh and clean every day.

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Here are some facts about these products:

AXE Anti-Marks Protection Antiperspirant
– These features a new formula with anti-yellow stains and no white marks technology specifically designed to protect your personal style so guys can look, feel, and be their most attractive self. Available in a variety of AXE Signature fragrances.

Degree Women UltraClear Black + White Antiperspirants and Degree Men UltraClear Black + White Antiperspirant
– With an exclusive formula that contains anti-yellow stains and white marks sweat protection, Ultra Clear Antiperspirant protects against unwanted marks or stains. It also includes MotionsenseTM Technology and is designed to respond directly to your body movement. The more you move, the more it works. The collection provides 48-hour odor and wetness protection and is available in two fragrances.

Dove Invisible Antiperspirants
– These are reformulated to leave no white marks on 100 colors of clothing. Offered in Dove Advanced Care, these antiperspirants go on invisible while providing 48-hour odor and wetness protection plus Dove 1?4 moisturizers for added skin care benefits. Available in two fragrances.

Dove Men+Care Invisible Antiperspirant
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As a mom or dad of sons, you will eventually face puberty in boys.  These tips will help you to manage frustrations like body odor with ease!