Wednesday, February 23, 2011

Yolait Kids Giveaway #myblogspark

Do you have trouble getting your children to eat things that are good for them? Well, mostly that's not a problem here, but I will admit that sometimes I don't always make the best decisions when shopping for my children. Especially since i've found out that i'm expecting. I have not had a lot of energy to spend in the kitchen and have been buying food that allows for big time shortcuts.

One thing I do try to keep on hand is yogurt. My kids love Yoplait Kids yogurt because it tastes good. It's something we moms can love and feel good about giving our children because it's an excellent source of calcium and vitamin D, a good source of protein, and contains no high fructose corn syrup, artificial colors, flavors or sweeteners. Yoplait Kids also contains 25% less sugar than other leading kids' yogurts.

Yoplait Kids comes in a pack of four for around $2. Another thing kids are sure to love about this yogurt is the fact that there are characters that most kids are familiar with, including the Disney Princesses and Lightning McQueen from Cars. The flavor varieties include strawberry, strawberry banana and vanilla.

A nice variation that my kids enjoyed was the addition of fruit. Mandarin oranges and halved grapes mixed in is a suggestion. You could even use this as a healthy desert option and even add a little whipped cream on top if you'd like. But of course, my kids enjoy it as it is, right from the container.

I have a coupon for anyone who'd like to try it. This coupon is good for $0.50 off of a four pack. Just Click and Print. Unfortunately this coupon is not valid for residents of California, Idaho, Louisiana, Minnesota, Nevada, New Jersey, North Dakota and Tennessee.

I have also been given the opportunity to give away the prize pack pictured above which includes a coupon for free Yoplait Kids yogurt, a four piece spoon set, a foldable travel cooler, a power magnet picture frame, alphabet shaped kiddie bands, a bounce ball and a "My First Scavenger Hunt" card game.

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This giveaway will close 3/13 after which a winner will be randomly selected.

*Disclosure: The prize and coupon have been provided by Yoplait through MyBlogSpark. I received a prize pack pictured. No further compensation has been provided.

Monster Trucks are coming to Chicago!!!

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Save $3 on Adults and Childrens Tickets with code FAMILY.

*Disclosure: This has been a compensated post thanks to US Family Guide.

Update on My Pregnancy

I finally made it to my first prenatal exam last week. They did the standard talk and blood draw along with other things that are normally done at an OBGYN visit when one finds out they're going to have a baby.

Upon doing the internal pelvic exam to estimate how far along I may have been, the physician's assistant informed me that I was around 8-10 weeks along. This did raise a concern for me, because early January I had to go to the hospital because of a rapid heartbeat. The hospital's pregnancy test was negative, so they went through with a cat-scan to make sure I didn't have a blood clot. I was once told that having a cat-scan is equivalent to having 200 x-rays! I mentioned this to my doctor, and I guess if the x-ray would have done any harm, I would have miscarried.

I later received a call and I was glad to hear the news that everything else was okay regarding my lab results, but I did also hear that my thyroid function was low, which apparently explains why i've been so burned out. They said that this can happen during the first trimester, but they'll check again during the second.

I also had to return to the doctor's office on Monday (on the way there we were rear-ended because it was super slippery outside!), but didn't suffer much damage at all. I had an ultra-sound to see just how far along we were, partially due to irregular menstrual cycles. Turns out we were 10 weeks and 5 days along, so today i'm 11 weeks exactly.

I've been able to hold food and fluids down much better. I didn't mention how I had to go to the emergency room for this, because I was holding down almost nothing and was drained of energy more than I can ever recall being in my life. I was prescribed anti-naseau meds at the time which helped somewhat. I have since stopped taking them.

So that about sums up what's going on for now. Hopefully i'll be back to my old strength shortly and you'll see more of me here with updates and more. Well, I do have a couple more posts that I need to get up, but I want to be able to post on a more regular basis instead of every 2 weeks or so.. Stay tuned.

Friday, February 11, 2011

Captured a Picture of Your Messy Munchkin? Enter It Into This Contest...

Have you caught a picture of your child after making a mess? Well if your child is between the ages of 0-5, or you have a picture of your child at that age that's a messy one, you can enter to win this contest. There are only a few entries making your odds really good right now. The contest ends February 18th at 10 pm est, which is only 7 days away. The prize is a $25 gift certificate to Organic Kids Co. If you want to find out more details, check out this discussion on their Facebook page. It's as simple as emailing them a photo of your little one. Good luck!

Thursday, February 10, 2011

Dr. Miracle's, My Hair Needs a Miracle..

 When I was younger, and taking better (in a way) care of my hair, it involved a lot of relaxers and ponytails.  I'm sure that most anyone who wears their hair in ponytails often knows of the effects of trying to get the perfect, lay flat ponytail. Your hair really gets thin all around the edges. Been there.

Now that i've gotten older, had children and gone natural, I wear scarves. A lot. Well, way too much. I decided to go natural because I started having scalp issues really young and was concerned that relaxers were no longer the answer for me. The only time I really show my hair is on Sundays for Sunday service. I've really neglected my hair. I've bought less expensive shampoos and conditioners that are not designed for my hair type which is quite coarse, and as a result, I really don't see much growth these days. Especially when weighing in the fact that I have the nerves to try to clip my dead ends. 

I've heard of Dr. Miracle's in the past, and if i'm recalling correctly, my mom had a rinse out conditioner that I tried some time ago. I did like the cooling feeling that it left my scalp with. I finally went out and bought some for myself. I decided that I would try the Leave In Treatment and Conditioner pictured above, and i'd love to reverse the effects of tying on scarves too tightly, so I also picked up their Temple and Nape Gro Balm. 

I have not yet tried out the Leave in Treatment, but I did try the Temple and Nape Balm in my Temple area. It has a pleasant minty scent to it and you immediately feel the cooling effect it has on your scalp. 

While shopping, I also pleasantly discovered that there's a good range of products. I would think everything I need to take care of my hair is covered. The products range from shampoos and conditioners to relaxers and even skin care. I'm looking forward to seeing what these products can do for me!

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*Disclosure: This post has been compensated, thanks to Collective Bias. The views and opinions herein expressed are my own and have not been influenced in any way.

Tuesday, February 8, 2011

Still Trying to Get the Hang of This... Again

Just a little heads up. Today I had to go to the ER because i've not been able to keep much of anything down. It's the worst i've had of all of my children. I've lost several pounds, instead of gaining and was just becoming really exhausted after doing much of nothing. The way i've been feeling is the reason i've not been here as much.

Well, I was given a prescription that's supposed to help keep things down. So far it's working. Other side effects include drowsiness and headeache (among some others). These two i've had today so far. I'm hoping the drowsiness is just something related to the lack of being able to keep things down and that once I get myself built up this will pass. I'm also hoping the mild ache on the left side of my head is coincidental. I'd love to be able to share my experience with you all, but just haven't been much up to it.

Besides that, i'm just learning how to be pregnant all over again. It really hit me at an unexpected time. I am definitely keeping prayerful through it. I have more to talk about with my challenges so far, but i'll save these experiences, hopefully for a later post.