I've been taking prenatal vitamins for the past eight years…eight years. I don't plan on stopping for at least a few more years. Most people start taking a prenatal when they find out their pregnant already. Many other people take a prenatal when they decide to start a family. We did this, but our plans weren't really in line with what our bodies had in mind. So I've been using prenatals for all of my thirties.
When I first started taking prenatals, you had to have a prescription to get anything of quality…even with insurance, prices were extremely high. Now, you can easily grab a prenatal over the counter, but finding a good one that provides you with the ingredients you need is a bit harder.
Nature Made has made finding a great quality over the counter prenatal vitamin a lot easier. Nature Made was the first to launch a prenatal with DHA in one single softgel; DHA is the omega-3 fatty acid that plays an important role in brain development. Containing 800 mg of folic acid, iron, vitamins A, C, D, and zinc, you get all the essential vitamins that you need to get your body in great fertile condition.
After having taken the Nature Made Prenatal + DHA for a few weeks, I can report that it is an easy vitamin to take…some make me a little sick, but the Nature Made is easy to take and it seems easy to digest. I'll be continuing to take prenatals until we're finished trying to have children and Nature Made will be my vitamin of choice. And the cool thing, YOU can win a 9 months supply of Nature made Prenatal + DHA vitamins, 2 packs of clothe diapers, and a food processor. Just leave a comment below and one winner will be chosen for this awesome giveaway!
TKDDaughter gives Nature Made Prenatal + DHA a
"I wrote this review while participating in a blog tour by Mom Central on behalf of Nature Made and received the products necessary to facilitate my review and giveaway.”
Early on, dental hygiene, or since he didn't have teeth then "gum hygiene," was a challenge with my son. We would take that little rubber finger brush and attempt to pry open his mouth only to get chomped down on when we succeeded in getting in there. We often could not brush anything for fear of losing a finger.
Now, six years later, oral care has taken on a different meaning in our house-if you brush your teeth and floss regularly, the trip to the dentist won't take as long. This has been a great motivator in our house! If you're like us, though, any holidays really messes with the routine. And Halloween is NOT the time to be putting aside the family oral care with the amount of candy in our house right now. Listerine has found a way to help with that…they have launched the Listerine Oral Care Challenge in the month of October to help families with all the other months of the year. My son, husband and I all took the challenge, brushing, flossing, and rinsing every day for three weeks. We have one week left in our challenge, but we're all doing incredibly well. We've gotten into the routine of brushing, flossing, and rinsing without too many reminders and my son likes the idea that he's making all future trips to the dentist a whole lot easier. I highly encourage you to challenge your own family with an oral care challenge.
LISTERINE and REACH also did a really cool event for Halloween-they joined forces with "America's Toothfairy" for "Trick or Treat for America's Toothfairy" to help raise awareness of pediatric dental disease and to help provide life changing dental care to children who don't have the access to quality dental care. Check this important campaign out and see all the good work that was accomplished.
TKDDaughter gives the Listerine Oral Care Challenge a:
“I wrote this review while participating in a blog campaign by Mom Central on behalf of LISTERINE and REACH and received products to take the Oral Care Challenge. Mom Central also sent me a Global Giving gift card to thank me for taking the time to participate.”
About seven years ago, when we renovated a kitchen in our newly purchased Victorian home, we wanted to do it right so we made sure to buy the fridge maybe not of our "dream" kitchen, but certainly one a big step up from our last one. My one request? Water in the door. I loved this feature on my fridge…until I realized the filter needs changing every three months. The $40 filter every three months just doesn't fit into our tight budget. Instead, we switched back to a water pitcher in the fridge.
The Filtrete Water Pitcher from 3M is the perfect fit for our family. It's space-saving shape allows us to fit in all the other "necessaries" in our fridge (you know, things like chocolate cake…) and still have room for the water pitcher. The water has a clear, untainted taste, and the filter filters the water super fast, five times faster than other water filters! The ease of the pitcher has my family drinking a lot more water!
Filtrete also has a registration system that sends you seasonal newsletters, better living tips, and money-saving offers, but the best reason to sign up? They'll send you filter change reminders. Sign me up because I never remember when the last time I changed the filter was! You can also follow the Filtrete brand on Twitter andFacebook.
Best part yet, just for reading this post, you can take advantage of this coupon!
TKDDaughter gives the Filtrete Water Pitcher a:
“I wrote this review while participating in a blog campaign by Mom Central on behalf of Filtrete and received the water pitcher to facilitate my candid review.”
Filed under: Fitness, Freebies, General Information, Going Green, Health
When I was a in elementary school, I was always envious of the "walkers." These were the kids who lived close enough to school to walk. I lived far from my elementary school, so I had to take a bus. As a "busser" I could not go home for lunch. When we had our annual Halloween parade, I had to change at school, but the walkers got to go home and change. Luckily a friend of mine was a walker and she would take me home for lunch sometimes. It was cool.
When we were looking for a preschool for my son, we were so lucky to have two good preschools within walking distance of our house. I will never forget the experience of taking his little hand and walking him out of my arms and into school for the first time. Or the fast walk home to cry until it was time to pick him up again. We grew to love our walk to school together. The anticipation on the way there of what they would be doing that day and on the way home the sharing of what he had learned and experienced was priceless. Feeling the sunshine on warm days…dodging raindrops and jumping into puddles…trudging through the blizzard of '10…
It was just what we did. We didn't do it for health reasons, but what a nice benefit that was! It gave my son lots of energy on the way to school and helped him relax a bit on the way home. This is especially important with today's overuse of television and video games instead of active play. October is International Walk to School Month (who knew?!) and in honor of it, Green Works has created a fun website to help families join the fun and walk or bike to school and in the process, earn some money for their school to the tune of $5,000. Parents can sign up here. The top five schools with the highest participation could earn the big prize of five grand, but there's also individual prizes as well!
Remember, too, that walking to school is a great way to be "green." Every school is trying hard to be more green (or they should be)-paper recycling centers, cutting back on paper usage, and reusing as much as possible all work together to help make this world a little bit better.
So go green, use Green Works, and earn a little green for your school!
TKDDaughter gives the Green Works Walk to School Challenge a big:
"I wrote this review while participating in a blog tour campaign by Mom Central on behalf of Clorox Green Works and received a $30 thank-you gift certificate."
It seems as mothers we are constantly pulled in a million different directions. It's no wonder that we feel stressed and moody! Add to that the natural aging process where our bodies stop making Sam-e, a natural occurring compound that works to balance our moods and you have for a very crabby mommy.
Years ago, a friend of mine confided in me that she was taking an anti-depressant/anxiety medication. She told me simply, "It makes me a better mommy and wife." SOLD! However, I don't feel I need something that strong. I now have an option. Nature Made has created SAM-e Complete, a natural way to restore your mood. Taken daily, it can restore your mood in as little as 7-14 days! An added benefit is that it also helps improve joint health.
I love that there is a natural alternative to our normal SAM-e deficiency as we age. Just to show you how great the product is, one reader will win a three month supply of Nature Made SAM-e as well as a water bottle and a journal. Just leave a comment on how you think you would benefit from SAM-e by midnight EST on August 16th for a chance to win!
Nature Made SAM-e Complete recently launched a new program called “Give a Smile” . They are working with Dream Factory, the second largest children’s wish-granting organization in the U.S., to grant the wishes of three children suffering from a critical or chronic illness. Through this campaign SAM-e will donate to a child’s wish for every social action you (like uploading an image to their mosaic). The more actions, the more SAM-e will donate. What a great way to make everyone's moods healthier!!
All around a great product and a great company! TKDDaughter gives Nature Made SAM-e a:
“I wrote this review while participating in a blog tour campaign by Mom Central on behalf of Nature Made and received products necessary to facilitate my candid review.”