Wednesday, August 26, 2015

Hyland's 4 Kids -- Ungrouch the Ouch! For bloggers, sponsored posts are always a bonus. But what makes this sponsored post different is that I love, love, love this product, and I know you will, too! What happens when your little ones fall and get hurt? For parents and grandparents, all we want to do is make them feel better. But sometimes kissing their boo boos is not enough. That's why I was so excited to find out about Hyland's 4 Kids Bumps 'n Bruises with Arnica Ointment Stick! I already love arnica and use it internally and externally for my own aches and pains. And now kids, ages 2 - 12, can benefit from it, too! I mean, really, what could be better than natural when it comes to relief of kids' boo boos, bumps, and bruises?

Hyland's 4 Kids Bumps 'n Bruises with Arnica Ointment Stick is sold exclusively at Target in their First Aid Aisle for their #Made to Matter collection. Made to Matter -- Handpicked by Target™ is a collection of products that are natural, organic, and sustainable. At the heart of #Made to Matter is a variety of amazing products made with simple, recognizable ingredients that are designed not only be better for everyone, but are accessible to anyone as well.

As the grandmother of 4 little ones (ages 6, 5, 2, and 6 months), I can count on plenty of ouchies. Sometimes there are little boo boos. Other times, the bumps and bruises product swelling and a fair amount of tears. Having a natural, non toxic, paraben-free, safe and effective pain relief product on hand is a must. And Hyland's 4 Kids Bumps 'n Bruises with Arnica Ointment Stick is the only product I need. 

A couple of weeks ago, my niece's 2-year-old tripped and fell on the patio. As his grandma comforted him, I ran inside and grabbed my tube of Hyland's 4 Kids. I call it my miracle boo boo stick. And you will, too.

Let's face it -- generations of moms, dads, and grandparents have trusted Hyland's to ease pain and provide relief for a myriad of symptoms. That's because we know that if it's from Hyland's, it's non-toxic, safe and effective. You'll love it because the Hyland's 4 Kids Bumps 'n Bruises with Arnica Ointment Stick is free of all the yucky stuff -- PABA, phthalates, dyes, petrolatum, and it's packaged in a push up paper tube that is completely free of plastic. It's biodegradable and completely earth-friendly! And your kids will love it thanks to Dot, Splat, and Biff, the Bruise Buddies who help Ungrouch the Ouch!

Anxious to try it for yourself? Of course, you are! Head over to the Hyland's 4 Kids website and learn more. And make sure to grab a coupon for $1 off Hyland's 4 Kids Bumps 'n Bruises with Arnica Ointment Stick, available only at Target! The coupon expires on 10/31/15.

Try it. I guarantee you and your kids are going to like it!


Disclosure: This is a sponsored post written by me on behalf of Hyland's 4 Kids. The uses for these products are based on traditional homeopathic practice. They have not been reviewed by the Food and Drug Administration.

Tuesday, August 25, 2015

Back-to-school regrets

Image by Junior Libby
It's that time of year again. Tomorrow, my granddaughter will be heading off to her first day of school (first grade), which triggers all sorts of mommy and grandma regrets. It also triggers a whole slew of memories of similar feelings from years ago, when my own children were heading off to school (albeit, it was after labor day back then).

Why the regrets? Maybe you're feeling them and already know the answer to that question. 

Remember back in June (which doesn't seem all that long ago), when all sorts of planned activities whirled around in your brain? An endless summer stretched out before you, like a pre-tanned body on a beach towel. There was lots of time ahead for days of swimming, outings, play dates, etc. And then it was July... August... yikes... the week before school... And then it arrived -- that night before school when, after putting your freshly bathed and shampooed kiddos to bed (oh, don't you love that smell), you plop down on the sofa on top of a pile of regrets. 

It doesn't matter if you've vacationed in Europe (or Disney), got good use out of your pool membership, visited zoos and museums, laid on the lawn waiting for meteor showers, picnicked and partied to your heart's content. It doesn't matter. Because on the night before the first day of school, all you can think about is the things you didn't do. Time wasted. Time you can never recover. After all, you have a limited number of summer vacations to spend with your kids. Once they're gone, they're gone. 

Lighten up, moms (and dads, who sometimes experience these same emotions) -- your time wasn't wasted. No matter what you did or didn't do, you were there for them. There was cuddle time, play time, reading time, and time to just listen to their stories and watch their "performances". Life really doesn't have to involve a series of planned activities. Sometimes, it's the unplanned everyday things that will stand out in your child's memories. Days like the one experienced by my grandchildren just last week. 

Image by George Hodan

My daughter was busy with the baby while her six-year-old and two-year-old were playing nicely in the playroom when it started to pour. "Come on," she said, "let's go outside." 

Laura hesitated by the door. "Can I really go out?" she asked, a bit confused. She got the okay and the pajama-clad family headed up to the street to splash and play in the newly formed puddles. I can just imagine the smiles and laughter. 

"This is the best day of my summer vacation!" Laura shouted over the sound of pouring rain. 

No regrets, mamas. No regrets. Just hang on to those types of precious moments.

What kind of unexpected moments did you experience with your kiddos this summer?

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