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Whether you’re road tripping to an awesome destination, hiking a new trail or simply having a family picnic in the park, there's still time left to Get up and GO this summer.
We decided to celebrate the end of summer by hitting up one of our local wading pools before it closes for the season. We've got several big, 1 ft. deep pools at various parks, and the kids always have a blast. Sure, it's only a foot deep...But a lot of fun can be had in that 12 inches of cool water! Crab-walking, splash wars, floating, etc. Good times.
Of course we made sure to have the essentials on hand before heading to the park for a day of fun in the sun. We packed towels, sunscreen, extra clothing, and of course, some snacks. Go Organically® Fruit Snacks sent us some of their delicious USDA Certified Organic Fruit Snacks to try for ourselves, and they made the perfect snack!
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Are your kids ready for summer to end? Mine have mixed feelings. My youngest son, Xander, is eager for school to start. My other kids? Well, they're not quite as enthusiastic. They aren't ready for their summer fun to end just yet. There are still more lightning bugs to catch and more adventures to be had.
One way my littles are keeping the vacation spirit alive even as school approaches is by having imaginary cruises. Yep. They're cruising the high seas with their PLAYMOBIL Cruise Ship!
The Cruise Ship brings all aspects of summer fun into one colorful, unique play set. Kids will love using their imagination and creativity to bring these figures to life. Simply pull out the lower deck, lounge in the spacious guest room, sunbathe on the top deck, have a bite to eat at the restaurant, or slide down into the refillable pool!
Wherever you're sailing, PLAYMOBIL's Cruise Ship will surely make it an adventure.
***Disclosure: I received complimentary samples to facilitate my post. All opinions are 100% honest and have not been influenced in any way.***
dThe end of the summer may be approaching rapidly, but there's still plenty of time for a few more adventures. Whether it's a trip to the beach or amusement parks, an excursion to local parks, or just a road trip to Grandma's house, summer is a great time to travel with family and friends.
As we head out onto the highways and byways for some end of summer fun, please keep safety in mind. It's so important that infants and children are in proper car seats. This will protect their little bodies if heaven forbid an accident should occur.
Our go-to car seat brand is diono. Hands down. My kids' safety is one area I refuse to skimp on, and diono offers top of the line in comfort, versatility, and safety.
Let me tell you, those mamas out there that are familiar with diono and their very high quality standards would definitely "get it". diono is second to none when it comes to safety, versatility, and functionality. Not to mention, they offer some of the most visually appealing car seats on the market today! And let's be honest: Looks DO matter, especially when it comes to things for our little ones!
Good looks aside, as a mom, the most important factor when considering car seats is safety. Something can be gold-plated, blinged-out and gorgeous, but if it's not safe, it's not going into MY shopping cart! After all, car seats carry the most precious cargo around, my babies. Their safety is paramount. The diono radian rXT Convertible Car Seat is among the safest on the market, and has been rigorously tested, passing NCAP crash tests, and is even approved by the FAA for aircraft use.
As an activist and a mother of 3 amazing kids, I am always looking for teachable life lessons that will help my children grow up to be kind, compassionate, giving adults. Whether it's donating time or goods to the homeless, giving out roses to mothers in our local retirement community, or doing something like donating blood, we are constantly looking for ways to help celebrate the good in the world, and in humanity. To me, the true measure of my success as a Mom is in the way my kids show their strength, their character, and their empathy for others.
So when I learned about the Be Impulsive Campaign with Life Share Blood CentersUnited Blood Services, I couldn't wait to help spread the word. Blood Donation is something there is a critical need for across the country, and every 2 seconds someone in the U.S. needs a transfusion of donated blood. In fact, one in 7 people entering the hospital end up requiring a blood transfusion.
Yep. One in SEVEN. That's a LOT of lives being saved by the gift of donated blood!
A common misunderstanding about blood usage is that accident victims are the patients who use the most blood.
Actually, people who receive the most blood include those:
- being treated for cancer
- undergoing orthopedic surgeries
-undergoing organ and marrow transplants
- undergoing cardiovascular surgeries
-being treated for inherited blood disorders
A very good friend of mine who I won't name for privacy reasons requires blood transfusions quite often due to a chronic, often crippling autoimmune disorder. These blood products help to keep her as stable as possible, allowing her to be the best mom she can be to her beautiful children.
Major disasters don't usually require large amounts of blood. In most cases, hospitals rely on the blood that is already on their shelves to save lives. You can help blood centers be at the ready by making sure blood is available before it's needed.
Did you know that blood can be donated every 56 days, up to six times a year? It's quick, painless, and one blood donation can save up to three lives. Every time you give the life-saving gift of blood, you become a real life hero.
In addition to donating blood you can also donate platelets, which help treat cancer and other patients. They only have a shelf life of five days, so platelet donations are always needed.
Another blood product there's always a need for is plasma, which has the same lifesaving effect and is in even greater need. Plasma contains important proteins and nutrients which help treat severe burns, traumas, blood clotting disorders, organ transplants and premature infants.
I've donated blood many, many times. It's super-easy, although you will have to fill out an easy questionnaire to make sure you qualify as a donor. The nurses and staff from United Blood Services will be more than happy to assist you with any questions or concerns you may have about the donation process.
So why not show your kiddos what a REAL, true blue hero looks like by donating blood this summer? The need is especially great, as donations tend to drop off a whopping 20% during the summer season. Your donation isn't only appreciated, it's desperately needed.
Will you join me? Will you #BeImpulsive this summer and give the life-affirming gift of blood and save some lives, super-hero style?
It's fast. It's painless. It feels wonderful to know you've made a difference in someone else's life in a major, major way.
To learn more and make an appointment to give blood, please sign up at Be Impulsive RSVP.
How can YOU get involved? Find out at BeImpulsiveRSVP.com. #BeImpulsive.
How can YOU get involved? Find out at BeImpulsiveRSVP.com. #BeImpulsive.
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I'm Brandy, a happily married, proud mama of two munchkins and a teen. You can read more about me HERE. If you're interested in building a working relationship, please feel free to e-mail me at: NewlyCrunchyMamaOf3@gmail.com
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