Wednesday, April 19, 2017

Saving the Special Moments: DIY Family First Aid Kit

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One of our family traditions is to visit the apple orchard every year in the fall. My husband and I started doing this when we were dating and have only missed maybe one time in 10 years. These trips are a lot more fun now that we have Little Miss Sunshine in the picture! There’s nothing like seeing life through the eyes of a child.


We look forward to it every year! I have to admit, one of our favorite parts is being able to enjoy those apple cider donuts hot and fresh from the kitchen! Yummy. They are definitely a fall staple, am I right?

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This past year was especially fun since Little Miss Sunshine was old enough to enjoy all of the activities. She absolutely loved it! You definitely have to be on your toes with a toddler! She is fast and definitely not scared or shy. These trips are not quite as relaxing as they used to be, but certainly more fun!


She enjoyed the slides, the playground equipment-- especially the school bus and train built out of wood. That seemed to be a kid favorite! There were plenty of tumbles and falls-- such is life with a toddler! Thankfully, her tears didn’t last long and she was on the move again.



She loved watching all of the animals at the petting zoo area. Her favorite part was watching the goat eat from a bucket that you could send out to a tall stand where the goats would climb up to eat from the bucket.



This year, my parents and younger brother were able to come along with us. Of course, Little Miss Sunshine gets spoiled by the grandparents so she got to go on a pony ride. She absolutely loved it--until she quickly got bored and wanted off the pony mid-ride. Toddlers!


But later on she wanted to ride again so she got a second ride. I told you she is spoiled!


I don’t know what it is about trips like this-- whether it’s the constant action and natural anxiety that I seem to feel in public situations (especially when taking care of the little one), the bright sunshine, or whatever the case-- I almost always end up with a terrible headache. I’ve had migraine headaches on and off since I was a child.


Whatever the reason, I know my headache requires a headache solution that will bring fast relief-- more specifically my migraine requires a migraine solution! I can use Excedrin® Migraine  and know that it will start to relieve migraine pain in 30 minutes. Afterall, it’s #1 Neurologist Recommended OTC.* (Among OTC medicine for migraines. Symphony Health Solutions, 2016)


Make sure to consult your doctor if you think you are suffering from migraines to make sure you receive a migraine diagnosis before you use Excedrin® Migraine.  If you use Excedrin® Migraine, definitely use as directed and refer to the Excedrin® instructions regarding usage on the bottle.

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I buy Excedrin® Migraine at Walmart in the Pain Relief section near the pharmacy.


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To sum it all up, I’m thankful that I have a solution to these headaches so that I don’t have to miss out on these special moments in my life! It’s a good idea to keep Excedrin® Migraine on hand if you suffer from migraines. I like to keep some in the car with our family first aid kit essentials. It comes in useful on the ordinary days too.


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I wanted a first aid kit that not only had the essentials, but also had something for the little one to help turn the tears into a smile when she gets a little owie. So I created my own! It’s super easy to make a family first aid kit of your own.


First, you’ll need a case to keep it all in. I just used a Glamour Case that I had on hand because it’s the perfect size, has a handle to make it easy to carry, a couple of compartments, is easy to clean, and is pretty cute too!

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Next, there are some things that are essential in a first aid kit-- stretch rolled gauze, gauze pads of different sizes, and paper tape. Of course, you’ll also need gauze scissors and bandages. I included fun and brightly colored bandages for the little one, and standard bandages for the adults.


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Little Miss Sunshine is always telling me she has an owie because she wants a fun bandage-- so they’re always a hit and sure to bring a smile to a little one’s face. In addition to that, I included a few stickers and little suckers. You could even include small toys from the dollar store that would fit in your first aid kit.


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Next, I included Excedrin® Migraine, burn gel, antiseptic spray, and an itch relief stick for those pesky bug bites. Everything you’ll need to cure the common concerns.


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Just place everything in your first aid case of your choice, and you have a handy family first aid kit to keep with you on the go.


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To sum it up, here’s what I used:

  • Glamour Case
  • Stretch rolled gauze
  • Gauze pads of different sizes
  • Gauze scissors
  • Paper tape
  • Traditional bandages
  • Fun, bright-colored bandages
  • Excedrin® Migraine
  • Burn gel
  • Antiseptic spray
  • Itch stick for bug bites
  • Stickers or other fun items for the littles
  • Suckers

The instructions are simple: throw all of the items in your case and you’re good to go!


What would you keep in your family first aid kit? Has Excedrin® Migraine saved special moments in your life?

Wednesday, April 5, 2017

My Journey: Where I'm at

I don't want to become obsessive about weight loss, dieting, and eating healthy because of where it has taken me in the past, but I do want to blog about it from time to time. I am learning that I have to be very careful of my thoughts and to keep my focus on the positive.

I'm at a higher weight than I've ever been and higher than I ever thought I'd be. I don't know exactly where I am because I don't weigh myself very much anymore. The scale tends to make me feel depressed or discouraged-- so I stay away.

Shopping for clothes that make me feel good is a way I can practice self-love. I've started to shop almost exclusively at Torrid because their clothes fit perfectly. There are a lot of brands out there that advertise themselves to be made for plus size women, but Torrid is the only place I've found where the clothes are actually made for plus size women. I'm working on loving myself even though I don't like where I'm at-- inside, I'm still me.



My focus is going to be on making healthier choices. Today hasn't been the best day, but I have made at least one good choice today. Yesterday, I chose to eat a delicious salad for lunch! I want to get back to eating salads for lunch again. I really enjoy them when they are flavorful.

Mostly, I just want to feel better again. I want to feel like I have my life together. There's something about exercise that does that to you. It's probably just the simple act of following through with something.

It would also help if I started getting up early in the morning and trying to get a workout in before Little Miss Sunshine wakes up and before my day begins-- just getting it out of the way as soon as possible!

However, I am struggling to sleep lately. I can't seem to turn my mind off to settle down and go to sleep. It has been a long time since I've felt that way. Thankfully, I've learned to read a book on my Kindle instead of tossing and turning and letting my thoughts get out of control.

This cruise coming up in about 5 months will be a great incentive to get started. Plus, the weather is starting to warm up so I can be outside more. The first thing on my list will be to create an ideal "schedule" for the day. I need to get more organized and intentional!

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