Operation Organization: Intro

I am expecting my 7th child and am due in September. I have been laid up on the couch for a few months with morning sickness or in my case all day long night is the worst sickness! My husband and kids did their best keeping the house running but a few areas are in need of a little TLC.

I am sure everyone has rooms that need some organization and a little love. Do you have linen closets that look like this….

(Sorry for the awful picture I started working on it before I took another picture)

Hall closet makeover - before

My kids put away the laundry and the name of the game has been open the door really fast throw the linens in and slam the door shut as fast as you can so nothing falls out! Ask any 6 year old and this is how she says it should be done!

Pantries that look like this…

Pantry makeover - before

Offices that look like this….

Office Makeover on a budget - Before

This room became the catch all for anything that my husband and kids didn’t know where to put!

So here is the plan, lets tackle these spaces in our homes one at a time 15 minutes at a time.  Organizing can be overwhelming and very time consuming. Who has all day to dedicate to one area of the house, I know I don’t! Everyone can find 15 minutes in a day to work on organizing. Now your projects won’t get done in a day and a big room might take a couple weeks but you will be amazed and how much can get done in one 15 minute period.

Here is the challenge, pick an area to work on and share your pictures with us on Facebook and in the comments. We can encourage each other along! I would love to hear any tips and tricks you have for organizing your spaces too!!!

Now to decide where to start!

 

4 Ways I Am Improving My Distracted Driving

Over the last month I have had the opportunity to think about distracted driving and the #DecideToDrive campaign. The goal is to increase awareness about the risks of distracted driving through this campaign by empowering everyone to speak up to help reduce distracted behaviors while driving. I thought I was doing pretty good drivingbefore, but quickly realized that I have a confession I need to make…

I am a distracted driver.

Phew! I said it. Now everyone will be watching me. Accountability at it’s best! I am a distracted driver or at least a recovering distracted driver as I have been rethinking and retraining my driving habits over the last few weeks. I am betting I am not alone. In a world where technology is at our finger tips and everything seems to be “go, go go”, it is extremely easy to get distracted while driving. BUT I am discovering that it is just as easy to fix. Here are 4 ways I am improving my distracted driving:

 

Let It Go!

I know, you now have the song in your head, right? Me, too, but it helps to remember that when it comes to phone calls, texts and emails that you can let them go unanswered until you reach your destination.  The phrase “It Can Wait” helps me to also remember that answering or checking those is not the most important thing. The most important thing is to keep my eyes on the road so I can be aware of the road and a safe driver. If my eyes are on my phone, whose eyes are driving my car? Yikes!

Distracted Driving

If it is important, I need to pull over to take care of it.

Fact:

“Drivers who text are 23x more likely to be involved in a crash (compared to non-distracted drivers).”- Virginia Tech Transportation Institute”

 

Don’t Eat While Driving

Guilty! As much as I hate to admit it, I didn’t realize that this is one of my bigger problems. We are constantly running from school to sports to the next thing that often I throw a meal into containers for us to eat on the road. I have been retraining myself to take a few extra minutes to eat before we leave or to wait until we arrive at our destination.

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Keep Busy People and Hands In The Back

There are some people I just don’t allow in the front. This guy is going to be one of them! He has to touch EVERY button, dial or vent all the time when he is just sitting in the car parked. I can only imagine how much worse it would be while we are driving. I now have a few people that I refuse to allow to sit up front.! Love them, but I also love them in one piece a lot better!

 

Discuss the Importance of not Driving Distracted

My kiddos are constantly asking me to watch them while I drive. Um, not possible sweetie! I have learned that if I discuss with my kiddos the importance of me not being distracted while I drive (i.e. fighting, throwing things, etc.), they seem to do a lot better at not being crazy in the car or asking me to look at them. It took a few weeks of reminders, but I think we are there. Hopefully, as they get older this will sink in so much that they will carry the thinking on into their own driving.

 

Speak Up!

This is probably the most important one. I am not always the driver in our car and my children are not always driving with me. If we are in a car where someone is being distracted (i.e. any of my faults previous listed above), we need to speak up and we need to teach our children to speak up. There is nothing wrong with wanting to be safe and get home in one piece.


 

Enter To Win

The American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons and the Auto Alliance have teamed up to spread the awareness about the dangers of distracted driving and need your help! They are looking for the best slogan or catch phrase to make the Decide to Drive Campaign pop and have some awesome prizes for the best ideas.

Decide To Drive Campaign

Go enter the Decide To Drive Catch Phrase Contest now!

 

I was selected for this opportunity as a member of Clever Girls Collective and the content and opinions expressed here are all my own.

What Do You Want To Be When You Grow Up?

School is finally out for us! Today we celebrated my oldest daughter’s first year at school with her Kindergarten graduation.

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At the graduation announce the child and then what they want to be when they grow up.

The loudest cheer from the entire audience was for a little girl’s response of…

Stay At Home Mom

Awesome! Seriously, it was the loudest cheer and I think it surprised all of us. It totally made my day!

On a funny note, another child’s response was  to be “a worker who works and one of those places”. She got a loud cheer too, but not as loud as Moms.

Let the Summer Begin!

Rock on Moms and enjoy summer break with your kiddos!!!!

 

Gutsy Chewy – A Natural Way to Help Your Gut

Gutsy Chewy Products

I had the opportunity to  welcome a package of Gutsy Chewy bottles to try out and review with my family. Call me crazy, but I had been doing a bunch of research on balancing our gut (specificially my own tummy and my daughter). I kept reading that a great way to do this was to drink 1 tsp apple cider vinegar in a cup of water every morning. That does not sound too appealing, right?  My family did not thinks so, either!  Lucky for them we were introduced to Gutsy Chewy.

 

Now, I bet you are wondering what Gutsy Chewy is. Let me tell you! “Gutsy Products are a friend to your gut with natural benefits®.” This supplement is perfect for…”that queasy uneasy refluxy feeling® with GutBurn™ and GutBloat™ after eating.”  Invented by a gastroenterologist and dentist, this product was not only designed to help your tummy but to be friendly on your oral health at the same time. And as an added perk are free of gluten, lactose and are vegan friendly. Each supplement is the size of a quarter, can easily be divided in half and can be carried in a small tube that easily fits in your purse or diaper bag. It also comes in 2 flavors: Citrus and Wildberry.

Gutsy Chewy Ingredients:

  • Apple cider vinegar
  • Licorice root
  • Papaya
  • and sweetened with Xylitol

 

Our Experience

My boys thought I was crazy for trying to introduce apple cider vinegar as a “health benefit”, but hardly batted an eye when I offered them a Gutsy Chewy Supplement. My 6 year old daughter loved them. My son says he likes the Wildberry flavor better. We even had a few opportunities to test these supplements on “tummy upset” after eating other foods. On the Gusty Products website as an example, they typically use supplements as a way to help with the after effects of greasy and fried foods. We do not typically eat these types of food, but I did run into my own episode with heartburn and 1 supplement was plenty to solve the problem. And one night my son was feeling nauseous after eating and he was able to take a Gutsy Chewy with no side effects. We have another tummy medicine that he cannot take because he will throw it up. So, we are loving this as a healthy and natural alternative to other tummy medicines/supplements!

 

To find out even more, you can check out this video:

To get more information and Gutsy Facts stop by Gutsy Chewy on Facebook or Twitter.

 

Sale!

Great news! Right now Gutsy Chewy is having buy 3-for-2 Summer Sale..Buy 2 tubes get one free, buy 4 tubes get 2 free, buy 8 tubes get 4 free and buy 12 tubes get 6 free. Get more info on their page: http://gutsyproducts.com/products/

 

**I received this product for free from the sponsor of the Moms Meet program, May Media Group LLC, who received it directly from the manufacturer. As a Moms MeetsSM blogger, I agreed to use this product and post my opinion on my blog. My opinions do not necessarily reflect the opinions of May Media Group LLC or the manufacturer of the product.

 

 

SunCare Tips & Summer Survival – Whole Foods Market

Disclaimer: This is a sponsored post for Whole Foods Market, but even so, I am totally taking advantage of this information and getting my booty down to this sale! All opinions are 100% my own, of course!

Whole Foods Market Sun Care Sale

It’s that time of year again. It’s getting hot and my “easily gets sunburned” skin is reminding me that we are out of sunblock. I’ll be honest, I hate shopping for sunblock. It stresses me out! I am betting I am not alone. I have sensitive skin and young children, so I spend the time reading each label to find sunblocks that do not have certain ingredients.

I remember last year I had heard on the radio that we were supposed to avoid a certain chemical in sunblock, so I assumed it would be easy to find a brand or bottle without this chemical. Nope! So, I had to laugh when I saw these facts below listed on Whole Foods Market Premium Body Care Standards information sheet. It totally sums up my frustration with my Sunblock shopping experience.

Did you know…

FACT: The U.S. government does not require health studies or pre-market testing for personal care products.

FACT: There are many non-natural components and processes in most U.S. body care products. Even those labeled “natural” may contain harsh preservatives or ingredients with environmental concerns.

FACT: Sunscreen is recommended by experts, yet many chemical sunscreens have been shown to have questionable safety. Our Premium standard allows only those that physically screen sun as a safer alternative.

So what is the solution? Be prepared and do your research. I wish there was one answer for everyone, but it is not that easy since everyone is different. So, here are some great tips to get you started in the right direction:

  • Find out how to pick the perfect sunscreen and get details like, what is the right SPF for you and whether you need (and what is the difference between) a Physical or a Chemical Sunblock?
  • Shop somewhere you trust that will do the research for you and provide products that are safe like Whole Foods Market (see their Premium Body Care Standards I shared above). I am always super impressed when I visit their store and the variety of healthy products that I feel I can trust.
  • When you find something that works for you and that you like, take advantage of a sale like the one Whole Foods Market is having right now. They have brands like Goddess Garden, Badger and DeVita. Knowing you are getting quality and a good price always makes you feel good!

Whole Foods Market Sun Care Sale

 

  What is your favorite Summer Survival Tip?

How do you use your Fry’s Fuel Points? {Fry’s Fuel Crew Tips and Savings}

Fry's food stores

I am super excited to be working with Fry’s Food Stores to share with you some fun tips to save money on gas this summer.

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It’s summer time and Fry’s 2x Fuel Point Weekends are back! What does that mean? That means  you can earn double Fry’s Fuel points when you shop on Fridays, Saturdays & Sundays. By simply taking advantage of fuel points, you can save money without trying. Everyone loves easy savings, right? And it can not get much easier than this!

One way the Fun On a Dime crew likes to earn Fry’s Fuel points is to use the ads for meal planning and then take advantage of the double fuel point earnings when we shop on Friday and Saturday.

We have a friend who is an ultimate saver and a while back shared with us some additional tips that we have been trying to implement. She takes advantage of her shopping on the weekends, too, but she will also buy gift cards to restaurants (which also get double fuel point earnings) that she knows her hubby and her are going to eat at for their date night that weekend.

This smart friend also taught us that in order to take full advantage of all her fuel points she will take full advantage of all the gas she can get. So, when she has earned $1.00 off per gallon of gas, she will meet her husband at a Fry’s gas station on his way home from work and will fill up to the maximum of 35 gallons allowed for points per transaction. I have yet to be this awesome, but was told this is easiest to do this is to have your hubby park on one side of the pump at the end and you on the other. Then you are able to move the hose easily from one vehicle to the other.

Check out this video from the Fry’s Fuel Crew to get some more great ideas and tips on how you can maximize your fuel points earnings. Every little bit helps, right?

 

How do you like to spend your fuel points?

 
 

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