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Living Life is about being a parent, giving tips for home management, finance, humor, love, and everything the day throws your way.

Karla’s Korner: On Being a Friend

On Being a Friend….

Being a Friend

On Being a Friend….

Four years ago this week I sat down in front of my shiny red laptop and started out on a writing journey that I had no idea would still be going strong four years later. Now, I’m sitting in front of my shiny red laptop entering into another year of sharing my thoughts and my heart through this column. The person who started this column is not the same person who writes today; and that’s a good thing. When Amee (The Madame) asked me to start writing for her four years ago I thought it would be a short lived venture. What would I have to write about once a week for more than a few months? Yet, four years later it appears that I still have stuff to say.Continue reading

December 1, 2013

Celebrate Your Baby’s Firsts

Pampers wants to help you celebrate ALL your Baby’s Firsts!

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“This review was made possible by Double Duty Divas and Pampers. I was provided the featured product free of charge to facilitate my review, but all opinions are 100% mine.”

As a mom I enjoy celebrating my baby’s firsts no matter how simple or small they were. From their first bottle to their first step parents don’t want to miss a beat. I even loved those first dirty diapers. My favorite diapers for my daughter were Pampers Swaddlers but back then they were only available in the smaller sizes so as she started taking her first steps and more we didn’t have their dependable softness.

That has changed and my nephew will celebrate his first steps and more with Pampers Swaddlers because Pampers Swaddlers are now available thru size 5! This means my sister will enjoy each of her baby’s firsts knowing he covered with Pampers Swaddlers. We got to enjoy waiting for this important Baby’s Firsts this past Thanksgiving while he tried to master his first crawl. He seemed more focused on mastering his first steps or at least his first walking toy.

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To celebrate the news that Swaddlers are now available in sizes 4 & 5, Pampers has 30 days of incredible giveaways and a grand prize of FREE Swaddlers diapers & wipes for a year. Join the celebration and enter the 30 days of sweeps on the Pampers Facebook page where you can win daily prize bundles, plus the grand prize of free Swaddlers diapers & wipes for one year!

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 Since celebrating a Baby’s firsts are important to every parent we want to offer you even more chances to win so make sure you read thru the whole post and check out the bonus opportunities for winning.

To find our more about Pampers Swaddlers news make sure to follow Pampers on Facebook and Twitter.

Win Big at the Pampers #SwaddlersFirsts Twitter Party.

Date :December 5th            Time: 9:00 PM

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RSVP here — http://twtvite.com/SwaddlersFirsts

Prizes: 3- Celebrating Firsts Gift Packs, which include:

 Baby’s First Friend Plush Doll
Baby’s First Tooth and First Curl Treasure Box
Baby’s First Words Book
Baby’s First Steps Push Toy
$50 Shutterfly Gift Card
Baby’s First Bath Robe
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Grand Prize: Canon EOS Rebel T3 DSLR camera worth $450!

Enter to win Pamper’s Baby’s Firsts Prize Pack

Prize Pack includes  Baby’s First Friend Plush Doll, Baby’s First Tooth and First Curl Treasure Box, Baby’s First Words Book, Baby’s First Steps Push Toy, and 1 pack of  Pampers Swaddlers

 Entry-Form

Contest runs from 12/2 – 12/16

Winner has 48 hours to confirm receipt of winning email or a new winner will be chosen.

Topic: Baby’s Firsts

Karla’s Korner: Removing the Mask

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DAY 3 Update

Removing the Mask…

Several weeks ago I was given the opportunity to start making a change to my physical body that would in turn affect my emotional well-being. Fifteen days ago I accepted the opportunity of taking a healthier living challenge that included the product line known as Advocare. My dear friend Amee (Madame Deals herself) invited me to participate in an AdvoCare  24 day challenge that would cleanse my body, and set me on the path to a healthier lifestyle and physical body. Feeling the need to get healthy I agreed to take the challenge not really knowing what I was in for. Amee delivered the product to me on November 11; I was unprepared for day 1 and quickly decided that in order for me to achieve success I needed to read the instructions thoroughly and get to the grocery store for the appropriate supplies. I found myself struggling to bypass the potato chip and soda aisle, but I did. I filled my cart with fruits, vegetables and whole grains and set out to make day 2 a success. A friend suggested that I begin taking pictures of myself every day in the same spot so that after 100 days I could see what progress I had made. What would it hurt to snap a picture of myself every morning before I left for work?Continue reading

November 19, 2013

Celebrate National Caregiver Month

What is National Caregiver Month?

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This is a sponsored post from One2One Network. All opinions are my own.

That is the question that went thru my mind when I first heard about National Caregiver Month. I have been a caregiver for many years and have shared some of my story before. The reason people end up as caregivers are as varied as the ones they care for. Some people go into caregiving as a profession while others wake up one morning and find themselves caring for someone they love.

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I fall into the second category.. I married a seemingly healthy man who only a few years into our marriage was disabled in a car accident and during that time it was discovered he had a medical problem requiring brain surgery. I spent many nights asking God, “Why Me?” His answer was always the same, “Why NOT you!” I couldn’t argue with that and over time my role felt more natural.  I began to realize that I could choose to accept it or be miserable. I have chosen to accept it.That is not to say that I always do it with a smile on my face, some days it takes all I can to keep going. On those days I remind myself of my mom who cared for my grandparents and then my great uncle (who had no children.) She never complained and would rarely ask for help. I tried my best to help her out but I know that it wasn’t as much as she needed.

The reason is often times, people are hesitant to ask for help because they don’t feel they deserve it. Other times people do not realize that they are filling the role of a caregiver. This has can lead to drastic situations because new research from AARP shows that caregivers are more at risk for health problems and well being.

The average caregiver is a women between the ages of 40-60 but that doesn’t mean they are the only caregivers. In the United States there is an estimated 42 million caregivers. They are caring for family, friends and sometimes strangers.

AARP has teamed up with the Ad Council to raise awareness about caregivers and to thank them for all they do. They have created several resources to help caregivers find assistance and allow others to thank the caregivers in their life for everything they do.

I am asking that you take a minute to check out these resources and even if they don’t apply to you, pass them along to a caregiver you know.

Don’t forget to thank a National Caregiver for their hard work and dedication. 

 AARP and The Ad Council’s Caregiver Assistance Campaign

ThanksProject.org

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Topic: Caregiver

Karla’s Korner – Focus: Finding Clarity and Purpose

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Focus: Finding Clarity and Purpose

This past week I took my daughter to the eye doctor for a routine exam. While I had been to this eye doctor before, this was her first time there. She was immediately set at ease when the friendly staff welcomed her and made her comfortable. As I attempted to wait patiently for her I caught glimpses of her as she went from one room to the next for various procedures; she finally came out and sat down next to me. She had just had her eyes dilated and was unable to focus on anything. As she attempted to look at frames for her new glasses it was clear that her vision was distorted and that she must trust that the technician and I were being honest as she tried on frame after frame. Since the glasses will merely be a backup to her contact lenses she wasn’t extremely worried about the choice but wanted to make sure they were attractive on her face; naturally as her momma I believe she looks beautiful in anything but she insisted on a second opinion.Continue reading

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