Try These 3 Simple Solutions To Help Kids Manage Seasonal Allergies

Every year since I was in my early teens, I’ve had mild seasonal allergy issues. But though I refer to my allergies as mild, the truth is that I only use that term because my symptoms are fairly infrequent. I may just have three or four really bad instances of sneezing, stuffiness and itchy eyes in a year but when those moments occur, I’m one unhappy woman.

3 solutions for treating kids' seasonal allergies

Knowing how frustrating seasonal allergies can be, I was pretty sad when my oldest son developed the same symptoms. But what makes me feel even worse about my son’s battle with seasonal allergies is that there really aren’t a whole lot of treatment options for children. I always like to choose natural solutions for our health issues when possible, and so I developed some strategies to help alleviate my son’s symptoms. These are the three methods that I’ve found most helpful:

Improve Air Quality

While there’s not much I can do about potential allergens in the air when my son is outside, taking steps to ensure the air quality in our house is as good as possible has been very helpful at preventing allergy issues for both of us. Changing the air filter in the furnace as soon as allergy season arrives ensures that I’m not circulating dust and allergens in the house. And an air purifier in the living room helps remove any other potential irritants. It’s an easy way to ensure that my son has as few outbreaks as possible. [Read more...]

Fabulous Friday Giveaway Linky

If you have a giveaway you would like to share with readers, please link it up below! If you could use the format name-prize-restrictions-end date (eg. My Blog-Awesome Prize-US-1/15), that would be wonderful. Happy giveaway entering!

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Congratulations to the lucky winners of the April 7 giveaways!

  • Monster High Doll and DVD Prize Pack Winner 1-$40 Value – 935 – Julie B.
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  • Kellogg’s Mini Wheats #TryItHot Prize Pack-$50 Value – 934 – Gizele F.
  • GEOSPACE GameTime and GEOFLUX Prize Pack-$30 Value – 1287 – Nicole C.
  • Nerd Block Jr. Subscription Box-$14 Value – 224 – Cleaveley

Winners, you have 72 hours to respond to the email I sent or I will draw another winner. Thanks so much to everyone that entered!

 

Create Edible Masterpieces with Artisan Cake Company’s Visual Guide to Cake Decorating by Elizabeth Marek-Giveaway

Ever since I was a child, I’ve loved cooking and baking. And perfecting new techniques when it comes to creating delicious dishes is always a fun experience. A few years ago I broke away from traditional iced birthday cakes and tried my hand at creating a fondant masterpiece for my son’s Super Mario Bros. birthday party. And I went from sloppily iced cupcakes to more intricate creations like spring cupcakes with “grass” frosting.

artisan cake company's visual guide to cake decorating

But my cake techniques still have a long way to go, and so I couldn’t resist the chance to check out the book Artisan Cake Company’s Visual Guide to Cake Decorating by Elizabeth Marek. This beautiful book isn’t just packed with decorating ideas. It also features useful recipes, lists of essential tools and step-by-step tutorials! [Read more...]

Keep Toddlers Hydrated with Playtex PlayTime Cups Featuring Favourite Kids’ Characters-Giveaway

As my boys grew from infants to toddlers to active school-aged boys, there were many products that made caring for them easier. But one of my absolute must-have brands in the house has always been Playtex. The Playtex Mealtime bowls, plates and cutlery prevented so many messes in the house thanks to the sturdy design and no-slip bases. And the Playtex AnyTime cups helped teach my boys to drink from a cup without my having to worry about spilled milk and juice!

playtex playtime batman cup

Now Playtex has made a great product even better with the introduction of the new Playtex PlayTime cups for children aged twelve months and older featuring popular licensed characters! Your child can choose from Batman & Robin, My Little Pony, Thomas the Tank Engine or, exclusive to Walmart Canada, Superman! I received the Batman & Robin PlayTime Insulated Spill-Proof Straw Cup to test out and my boys were both arguing over who got the cup as soon as I pulled it out.

playtex playtime straw cup [Read more...]

Monetizing a Blog – 4 Mistakes I Wish I Hadn’t Made #Snappypreneur

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I’ve been blogging for almost six years now and have been making a full time income doing it for over three years. It’s taken a lot of work, a lot of learning and a lot of mistakes to grow my little website into a real job, but it’s been worth every second! If you’ve ever wanted to make money blogging but weren’t sure how to get started, you’re not alone! And when you launch your website, these four tips are ones that I wish I had known when I first started my blog. While I still managed to grow a successful business, these tips would have gotten me there even faster!

4 mistakes not to make when monetizing a blog

Spring for Proper Hosting

I didn’t want to take money out of my family’s budget for something that I wasn’t sure would be profitable, so when I first started blogging I used the free Blogger.com platform. Of course, as my website grew I quickly realized, like so many bloggers before me, that not owning and self-hosting my website was going to be detrimental to my business both because of the limited SEO customization that affected my traffic and the limited advertising options. I then had to go through the hassle of moving my site and all my content to a WordPress website hosted by HostGator. I would have saved time, hassle and money by starting with HostGator in the beginning! And because HostGator offers easy one-click installation of WordPress, design services and 24/7 live support via chat, phone or email, launching my blog with HostGator would have been even easier than starting on Blogger! [Read more...]

Add Scent Decor to Your Home with the New Unstopables Collection-Giveaway #PGMom

While I’ve never been a big fan of strong scents, it only took one use for me to completely fall in love with the Lush version of Downy Unstopables when I tried adding the scent booster to my laundry. The light scent of vanilla and lavender was delicious and I especially liked using it when washing bed sheets. The aroma lasted for weeks after and definitely led to some blissful dreams!

Now the popular Unstopables scents have expanded into a new collection featuring Fabric Refresher, Air Effects, Scented Oil Warmers, Candles and, of course, the original In-Wash Scent Booster. And according to celebrity interior designer Nate Berkus, adding a signature scent to a room is one of the easiest ways to add extra elegance. Here are some tips from Nate on “scent decor.”

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Mix and Match with Style

Breath some life into your home by playing with patterns, textures, colours and fragrances that inspire. Your space should be a reflection of who you are…adding scent brings it all together. [Read more...]

Barbara’s Snackimals Cereal is a Great Start to a Kid’s Day

My boys are big fans of breakfast cereal and I’m always excited when I find a new variety that’s fun for them but still has ingredients I like. So I was pretty excited when I learned that Barbara’s, the maker of delicious organic crackers and cookies, had recently branched out and started offering two tasty varieties of children’s organic breakfast cereal!

We received a review package of the new Barbara’s Snackimals cereal to test out for ourselves along with two adorable plush toys for my boys. My animal-loving youngest son had a hard time deciding which one he wanted but eventually decided that the panda would be his new friend and that he would try the “panda cereal,” Snackimals Cinnamon Crunch, for breakfast the next day.

barbara's snackimals cereal [Read more...]