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Thursday, September 21, 2017

Weekly Recap

I've been so busy that I'm a few days behind in getting this written! Last Sunday, J was set apart as the deacon's quorum president. I attended Sunday School and had a great lesson about Joseph Smith, the Godhead, and a little history added in with the Nicean Creed.

Monday our history lesson was about how the Smith family moved so many times in order to get to where God needed Joseph to be. We also talked about Joseph Smith's operation when he was a child.

Thursday, September 14, 2017

Hero Nutritionals Vitamins Review

Let's face it, moms are busy! We have so much to do each day, and remembering vitamins for my kids is one thing I often overlook. But...Yummy Bears Organics are something my kids won't let me forget to give them!

We received a package from Hero Nutritionals so we could review some of their gummy vitamins. Their Yummi Bears have been around since 1997, and there is a good reason why! Kids love them, and moms like the ingredients. Hero Nutritionals is serious about making high quality vitamin products for your family.

Tuesday, September 12, 2017

Carole P. Roman Book(s) Review

We love books, especially books that help us learn. We recently had the opportunity to review four books from Carole P. Roman. Two of them, If You Were Me and Lived In... Peru, and If You Were Me and Lived In... the American West, were great for our geography and history studies! We were lucky to receive two of her story books, Rocket-Bye, and Oh Susannah: It's in the Bag, which were a fun addition to our leisure reading time.

Books by Carole P Roman   Books by Carole P Roman

Each book is paperback, and three have full color pages. The artwork is colorful and hand drawn, giving each book a unique story-telling feel. I've noticed how much my children enjoy looking at the pictures as they read, they pause to study them before turning the page.

Sunday, September 10, 2017

Weekly Recap: With all the foods!

Last Sunday after church, my kids helped me make jalapeno poppers. We received a lot of jalapenos and salad peppers from a friend who has a bountiful garden, and these are one of our favorite things to do with them!

Monday we enjoyed a day off from (most) school and my husband's work, and we drove up north to get some fruits and veggies from the stands. We got peaches, corn, onions, and stopped by another place that still has tart cherries (frozen) from earlier this year. Our neighbor found a sulcata tortoise wandering in her yard, and E was in heaven! It turned out to belong to another neighbor and we're glad it got home safely!

Saturday, September 9, 2017

Sea Band Review

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Pregnancy is an amazing time, but it's also a difficult time. During all of my pregnancies, morning sickness was my constant companion. I'm trying not to scare you off with too much description from the start, so let's just say that it wasn't pretty. I know many moms had it worse than I did, but the only time I can't keep my food down is when I'm pregnant, and often I just couldn't function.

I was given a prescription during two pregnancies, but I hated taking it. I did everything I could to keep the morning sickness under control or at least reduced. One thing I found quite helpful during my first pregnancy was Sea-Bands. I wore them through the toughest parts of all of my pregnancies after that! They didn't make the morning sickness go away completely, but they did help make it manageable. I remember feeling like I could get through most of the day when I wore them. In fact, I kept my pair of bands just in case I'd ever need them again.

These stretchy bands remind me of the sweat bands that tennis players wear. But they have a little plastic stud meant to be worn on the inside of the wrist, which applies pressure over the Nei Kuan acupressure point. The bands are latex free and come in adult and child sizes! They're not just for morning sickness, they are for any nausea and vomiting including travel, post-operative, chemotherapy, and many other conditions.

The bands come with a storage case and instructions that tell where to place the stud on your wrist. It's very easy to find the acupressure point once you see the diagrams. You can also find instructions on the Sea-Band website.

I was sent a Sea-Band package containing four pairs of Sea-Bands, two packages of ginger lozenges, and an aromatherapy roller bottle.

Sea-Band Mama!

The first thing I noticed is that Sea-Bands has a wider range of products than back when I used the bands, and they are marketed towards pregnant women! This would make it much easier to find them in stores than it used to be. The Sea-Band Mama! bands are a nice pastel purple/pink color. They come in a plastic storage case, making it easy to keep track of the pair when dropped in a purse or drawer.

Did you know ginger helps with nausea too? I remember eating candied ginger but cutting it into tiny pieces because it was so expensive and hard to find. These Sea-Band Mama! Ginger Lozenges with Folic Acid contain ginger, folic acid, sugar, and glucose syrup. There are only 6.9 calories in each lozenge, and 24 per box. And they taste really good. These would be so helpful to settle a queasy tummy! I constantly had ginger ready to eat after my babies were born too, did you know ginger can help calm those awful afterpains?

The Sea-Band Mama! Ginger and Spearmint Rollette contains natural oils that are safe for pregnancy, such as grapeseed oil, lime oil, spearmint oil, and ginger oil. You roll it on to your wrists, temples, or chest as needed. It has a calm and gentle smell, and does not feel greasy on the skin. Sometimes just smelling a calming scent can relax a queasy tummy, and that is the intent of using this Sea-Band Mama! Aromatherapy Rollette. I like that it comes pre-diluted in grapeseed oil so there is no chance of using too much.

Sea-Band for the family

In addition to the Sea-Band Mama! items, we received Sea-Band goodies for the rest of the family too. There were three more pairs of Sea-Bands, and some Anti-Nausea Ginger Lozenges.

We were given two pairs of child size Sea-Bands. The package shows that they come in three camo colors, green, pink, and blue. Both of our pairs are blue, and my girls and my son though they were pretty neat. We were also given one blue adult set of Sea-Bands. As my children tried them on, we discovered that the child size pairs fit kids under ten, but my teen and pre-teen said the adult size fit them better. They are supposed to fit snugly, but the child size was too tight for them. The package says the child size is suitable for use by children from the age of 3.

The Anti-Nausea Ginger Lozenges are nearly the same as the Ginger Lozenges with Folic Acid, except they contain a tiny bit less ginger oil and no folic acid. There are instructions on the box for using them with children 6-12 years old as well, so these would be helpful to bring along if you have children who get motion sickness.

I am happy to see that Sea-Band has branched out and marketed towards pregnant women, as well as expanded their product line. They are something I prefer to use because their products are all natural and drug free. I am so glad that we now have bands for the whole family to use too! You never know when these items might come in handy.

You can find Sea-Band Mama! and other Sea-Band products at CVS, Rite Aid, Walgreens, Walmart, Target, and many other drug stores and pharmacies. Please check the website to find a full list of locations.

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Saturday, September 2, 2017

Weekly Recap: With lots of fun school lessons!

Last Sunday my husband spoke in church. I went to bed early that night, but I still felt tired Monday morning! I am not a morning person.

Our history lesson on Monday was about how Heavenly Father prepared the right time, the right place, and the right man to restore the gospel of Jesus Christ on the earth. It was a great lesson, and we're making lapbooks to go along with all we learn about the restoration.

Tuesday was our first literature lesson about Christ's parables. We studied the parable of the talents, and the parable of the 10 virgins. It was also M's first day attending seminary! Seminary is a class for high school age students to learn about the gospel during the school day. After school we visited a friend for a bit, and the kids had fun playing with her dog.

Tuesday, August 29, 2017

Kwik Stix available at BJ's!

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My local wholesale club store has some pretty good deals on back to school items. Tape, construction paper, binders, scissors, even whiteboards are items we've bought from there. Pretty soon you'll be able to find one more school necessity at BJ's Wholesale Clubs... Kwik Stix Thin Stix!

Thin Stix - smaller paint sticks for more details