Freebie Friday Winner!

 

 

 

 

 

 

Who is our Freebie Friday winner today?

What did our winner win?  Keep on reading!!  And remember if you are a subscriber, then you are automatically entered in our weekly drawing for great prizes that include beauty items, cookware,  jewelry and more!  Lots of cool stuff!  Now, let’s announce this week’s lucky winner….

This week’s Freebie Friday winner is:

Jennifer Spear from Chandler, AZ!!!   

(winner selected through random.org)

Jennifer won….

The Revlon Pro Collection Hair Dryer & Volumizer is perfect for the gal that loves salon style blowouts.  This smart tool combines a hairbrush and blow dryer all in one resulting in less styling time and is frizz-free, too. Sells for $59.99 at Target.  Love this prize!

Congratulations Jennifer and thank you so much for being a managedmoms.com subscriber!  We appreciate it!

And we will have more great prizes next week, so stay tuned for that and become a subscriber to be automatically entered into the weekly drawing that we do through random.org! 

HOW TO ENTER NEXT WEEK’S FREEBIE FRIDAY…

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If you are not a subscriber, subscribe now at www.managedmoms.com.  Simply subscribe to the website by filling out the area in the right hand column that says “subscribe to managedmoms.com.”  Being a subscriber means that you simply get a notification email each time we run a recipe, article, beauty tip, coupon and more.  We don’t share your email address with anyone and you are automatically entered into the weekly Freebie Friday drawing for your chance to win a cool prize every Friday.  It is that easy!

Finally My Mama Heart Feels Glimmer Of Hope

Finally.  I feel a glimmer of hope in my weary Mama heart.  Could this brave, articulate, passionate, focused and incredibly heartbroken and traumatized group of teens from Florida and beyond finally elicit change?  With the 24/7 screens that are around us all of the time now, I tearfully watched these students run out of their school on Valentine’s Day, then cry, then attend funerals, then board buses to meet with legislators and then speak so eloquently about the changes they are rightfully demanding.

I was struck.  My Mama heart was struck.  Especially since I am currently the Mama of one teenager and one college student.  My heart is especially tuned into this generation right now.

I am stopped in my tracks to hear their words.  My heart hurts.  And I realize something.  For the first time ever, when it comes to this issue…I finally feel a glimmer of hope in my weary Mama heart.  Could this newfound hope be a real thing?  It finally feels different.  Finally.  Oh please let this glimmer of hope be real.  Real change.

I am sick and I am tired of feeling this way every morning when I see my daughter off to high school and wish my son well with his college classes…


I am even more tired of feeling hopeless and helpless.  I don’t want to get political. I just want my kids to be safe and I don’t think that is wrong to ask.  In fact, as parents we should demand this. And only change will work to keep our kids safer.  Could these brave high school students appearing on our screens finally be the beginning of the agent of change?  I pray.  I cross my fingers.  I place my hand on my heart and wipe tears away from my eyes as I listen to their articulate, thought out, well researched pleas.  I am in awe of their bravery.  Their passion. Their smarts…

…and their broken, but ALSO strong and resilient hearts.

And with that, I take a stand to stand behind them.  These kids, who are our future.  And with many of them about to turn 18, the future has arrived.

Something must change.  Could it be that these kids, these school shooting survivors, these young adults, these future voters…these future parents…are the agent of change that is finally giving this manic managed mom a glimmer of hope?

My heart feels cautious as nothing has changed after Sandy Hook and so many other senseless tragedies.  But my heart also feels hopeful.  I hope that glimmer of hope that I am feeling really becomes real change that make our classrooms safer.

Top Travel Sized Toiletries for Guys & Gals

With spring break and summer vacation just around the corner, here are our top travel sized toiletries for both the guys and the girls.  My blog beauty expert, Bianca, also a beauty expert for Walgreens, showed me what’s hot for the travel beauty bag based on quality and customer feedback.  Take a look and don’t pack until you check out our list that I showed in my 3TV Your Life Arizona morning show segment that aired last week.

Did you know that coconut oil comes in a multi-purpose travel size?  Some of your favorite brands are now made travel sized, which is so handy for your next getaway! And most are sold at the drug store, so see below to see the stuff you can conveniently buy at Walgreens and another awesome product for all over (especially for dry heels) called Toe JuiceIt is all below.

But first, note that we will give away some of these goodies this Friday in our Freebie Friday drawing.  If you are a managedmoms.com subscriber, you are automatically entered.  If you haven’t become a subscriber, do so because most Fridays we do a drawing for cool prizes.  And you don’t have to enter as being a subscriber to this blog automatically enters you.  The winner is drawn on Fridays through random.org.

Now let’s get to the good travel sized stuff…

For the Gals

*Soap & Glory She’s A Natural Day & Night Face Palette ($20 at Walgreens) – Perfect for travel because you get six products in one compact easy to pack palette. A creamy blusher & highlighter, a bronzer and three eye shadows are all included in this pretty pack by the very reputable Soap & Glory line.  This palette also works for day and night makeup, so less face makeup to pack for numerous events while traveling.

*Real Techniques Base Mini Expert Face Brush ($5.99 at Walgreens) – Love this mini makeup brush that sports a full-sized brush head for foundation application on the go.

*Soap & Glory Poutstanding Lip Contour Crayon ($6 at Walgreens) – Pack two in one products with this handy beauty tool because one side is matte lip color and the other gives the lips a glossy shine.  So, the matte end is used to line the lips and then simply flip the stick to fill in with the shine side to get full luscious lips. I personally tested this lip crayon and I loved how smoothly and evenly it went on my lips.  Plus, it felt light, but it also gave me full color shapely lips.  I am a fan of the Poutstanding Crayon by Soap & Glory!

*Secret Freshies On-The-Go Deodorant ($5.99 at Walgreens) – Small handy little ball shaped deodorant that fits in a purse, so it takes up less room when packing.  This is one beauty item that you don’t want to leave behind. So handy and we dig the relaxing lavender scent.

*Maui Moisture Heal & Hydrate Shea Butter Shampoo & Conditioner ($3.29 at Walgreens) – My daughter and I tried this line last year and we fell in love with it, so we are thrilled to see that it comes in a travel size.  It is sulfate-free, smells incredible and is organic.  Just look on the side of the bottle to see that this line contains no synthetic dye, no mineral oil, no parabens, among other unwanted ingredients.  It does contain pure coconut water and pure aloe juice.  Such good stuff and travel friendly!

*Batiste Dry Shampoo ($4.29 at Walgreens) – Dry shampoo is the perfect beauty product to have when traveling just in case you need to skip washing your hair due to accommodations or just to take a day off from the daily routine.  This brand has a nice scent that is not overbearing, but is a fragrance you desire when needing to use dry shampoo in the first place.  The coconut tropical scent is perfect for the spring and summer season.

*Soap & Glory Puffy Eye Attack Under Eye Brightening Hydrogel Patches ($5 at Walgreens) – Bianca tells me that one of her customers places these under her tired eyes in flight while she naps on the trip!  The patches are clear, and she says that placed them under her eyes on a recent flight to Chicago, set her phone alarm for 20 minutes and then removed them.  She had refreshed eyes with no bags when she landed, she tells us!  So cool!  They are lightweight and easy to pack, so for an under-eye pick-me-up on a long trip, throw this in your makeup bag. The price is good, too.

*Neutrogena Make-up Remover Cleansing Towelettes ($2.49) – The most travel friendly make-up remover item are the wipes and Neutrogena makes a good one that is gentle while also removing mascara.  This brand is alcohol free, ophthalmologist tested, dermatologist tested and allergy tested, so we give these travel sized wipes a travel thumbs up.

*Botanical Sunscreen 30 Broad Spectrum SPF ($3.99 at Walgreens) – Made by Australian Gold, which is a reputable company for good sunscreen that is non-chemical and doesn’t leave a greasy residue.  Perfect travel size that offers UVA/UVB protection.

*Soap & Glory Hand Food ($4 at Walgreens) – Don’t forget hand lotion when traveling because flying, different climates and excessive hand washing (which you will want to do, especially during travel in cold and flu season) will dry out your hands, so having this stuff on hand (no pun intended) is handy!

For the Guys

*American Crew Fiber Hair Setting Gel ($11.49 at Walgreens) – This is what the pro barbers use and men love this product, so being able to get it in a travel size is a bonus.  It has a nice light scent, sets hair well without being greasy or too stiff.  This also works well as a sort of a dry shampoo for the men, too.

*Men Degree Cool Rush Antiperspirant ($1.69 at Walgreens) – Just for him and the travel size is perfect.

Shared His & Her Travel Toiletries

*Toe Juice ($7.20 at www.toejuice.com) — I have showed this product before and love how it heals my dry heels (no pun intended!), so I am thrilled to share that this is sold in a travel-friendly sizeToe Juice features DermaVine, a healing combination of plant-based extracts like lemon peel oil and willow bark extract, that work to heal all kinds of skin ailments.  Developed by a high school chemistry teacher for his infant son’s cracked feet, this product works beautifully for the extra dry heels I get on my feet when I wear daily flip flops and high heels.  Since that is common foot attire during travel, pack a travel sized Toe Juice and a pumice in your bag to rid those dry heels quickly and efficiently when you shower or bathe at your hotel.  Great product!

*Big Sexy Hair Spray & Play ($5.99 at Walgreens) – This brand is popular for both the girls and guys and it doesn’t leave hair crunchy and tough but is volumizing with a good hold.

*Hempz Original Herbal Body Moisturizer ($6.99 at Walgreens) – Enriched with 100% pure hemp seed oil and paraben free and vegan, this brand is popular for both the guys and gals, so the travel size is a nice option to buy.  Top ingredients like shea butter, ginseng, vitamin A, C and E are also great for the skin.  The scent is light, which is why it appeals to the menfolk.

*VitaCoCo Coconut Oil (2.99 at Walgreens) – This little travel sized jar of the good stuff serves so many purposes for both sexes.

Amazing product that can be used for both gals and guys on cuticles, lips and more. For beards on men, too!

*Well Walgreens Dental Travel Kit ($2.59 at Walgreens) – I am going to buy a stack of these for my own travel and to have handy for guests.

Perfect dental travel kit behind the dry shampoo we like. The dental kit is under $3 at Walgreens. Good buy for products that you don’t want to leave behind!

This little kit is perfect because it contains a mini tooth brush, small mouthwash and little toothpaste.

Did I forget any of your favorite travel sized beauty go to products?  If so, share in the comments section.  I love covering travel related topics.  Happy travels!  Now you can pack!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Whole 30 Cookbook Winner!

Thanks to all who entered the Whole 30 Cookbook giveaway!  It is definitely a popular and healthy eating plan and the hardback cookbook is beautiful! 

All entries were drawn through random.org and we sure appreciate your entry and that you follow this blog!  Thank you!  Now let’s announce the lucky winner of this super cool cookbook!

A look inside

 

And the winner is…..

Rosanne  Coloccia from Phoenix, AZ!!!!

Congrats to Rosanne!  Stay tuned for more awesome drawings for giveaways, everyone!  Happy healthy cooking, too!

 

AZ Local: Run to See See How They Run at Hale Centre Theatre

I still can’t get over how funny it was! Just goes to prove-a show can be clean AND funny!”  exclaimed theatre patron, Michelle Willis right after she saw See How They Run at Hale Centre Theatre in the cool downtown area of Gilbert. 

Well put!  Fast paced, smart and uproarious, this show pleases all with clever lines, hilarious physical comedy, a variety of spot on accents and top talent! 

Actors:  Justin Howell, Matthew Harris & Alexis Harris  Photographer: Nick Woodward-Shaw and Lighting Designer: Jeff A. Davis; Davis Entertainment

Want to laugh?  Laugh hard?  Want to escape from our crazy world for an afternoon or evening at the theatre?  Want to see a comedy that is a bit different from the rest?  Audiences laugh hysterically, clap their hands and actually talk to the actors with comments like, “oh no, don’t go in there!” and “look at them run” in the inviting in-the-round stage!  Want to experience this great fun, too?Then run to see See How They Run before the show closes at Hale Centre Theatre on February 10th.

Show after show has been filled with a packed house of delighted patrons who exclaim “this is really good” and “how does she move like a ragdoll like that” and “I haven’t laughed this hard in quite some time”…all true comments that I have heard for myself since I have attended multiple shows.  Truly one of the funniest productions I’ve seen!

Actors: Ami Porter, Alexis Harris, Vinny Chavez Photographer: Nick Woodward-Shaw and Lighting Designer: Jeff A. Davis; Davis Entertainment

And all I take to see it, come out smiling and exclaiming just how much good ol’ fashioned fun they had seeing this show.  In today’s crazy busy world, there doesn’t seem to be a lot of time for fun.  This show provides just that.  Entertaining, laugh out loud, nonstop fun!

And take it from a real theatre critic (which I am obviously not, but I try anyway!)…who says this…

“The entire cast are adept at delivering the lunacy and split-second timing the play requires, along with perfectly played facial expressions, double takes, and well delivered punchlines.” says Gil Benbrook, of Talkin’ Broadway.  See his entire review here.  

The story is set in the 1940s and takes place in a British village. It is a funny farce of mistaken identities and keeps the audience guessing along with the on stage characters of what will happen next.  Zany and fun to observe as the tale unfolds with layers of misunderstandings, cover-ups and more…you just have to see it to get it and experience the fun!

Personally, I have seen the show repeatedly because my 16-year-old daughter plays Penelope Toop, a 25-year-old American actress living in London.  It is a bit special for me to hear audience members exclaim that they can’t believe that she is only 16 years old!

My Alexis in action as Penelope Toop on stage in See How They Run. Photographer: Nick Woodward-Shaw and Lighting Designer: Jeff A. Davis; Davis Entertainment

It is great fun to watch her have the time of her life acting her heart out with a fab 40s accent and funny physical comedy to boot.  So, I am a bit biased.  However the many people who fill the audience, who I slyly observe, are completely objective and exclaim that they are loving every minute of this high energy show that takes twists and turns that folks don’t see coming and leave all laughing in the aisles.

Actors Lindsay Hope, Ami Porter, Jacob Goodman and Alexis Harris. Photographer: Nick Woodward-Shaw and Lighting Designer: Jeff A. Davis; Davis Entertainment

Ida the maid (played by Lindsay Hope) has a brilliantly played cockney accent and has moves and lines that bring the house down multiple times.  Her facial expressions and physical movements are as endearing as they are hysterical!

Lindsay Hope as Ida, The Maid Photographer: Nick Woodward-Shaw and Lighting Designer: Jeff A. Davis; Davis Entertainment

Lionel (Jacob Goodman) puts a lot of the running in See How They Run and gets lots of laughs with his many antics and side to side swaying of Miss Skillon (Ami Portman), whose ragdoll like physical comedy moves has the audience in stitches.

Jacob Goodman as Reverend Lionel Toop and Ami Porter as Miss Skillon Photographer: Nick Woodward-Shaw and Lighting Designer: Jeff A. Davis; Davis Entertainment

Clive (Vinny Chavez) and Penelope (Alexis Harris) team up to do several hilarious high-speed monologues in unison with well choreographed movements that surprise the audience and have them laughing out loud yet again.

Alexis Harris as Penelope Toop and Vinny Chavez as Corporal Clive Winton Photographer: Nick Woodward-Shaw and Lighting Designer: Jeff A. Davis; Davis Entertainment

The Bishop of Lax (Matthew Harris) and Reverend Arthur Humphrey (Justin Howell) both get numerous belly laughs from the audience with clever lines, perfect timing, physical comedy moves and Howell’s imaginary drink scene…both actors so hilarious!

Matthew Harris as The Bishop of Lax with Lindsay Hope Photographer: Nick Woodward-Shaw and Lighting Designer: Jeff A. Davis; Davis Entertainment

Justin Howell as Reverend Arthur Humphrey   Photographer: Nick Woodward-Shaw and Lighting Designer: Jeff A. Davis; Davis Entertainment

The Russian intruder (Chuck Green) livens things up with his sneaky entrance, perfect accent and his evil, but vulnerable, character adds to the fun.

Chuck Green (The Intruder) with Jacob Goodman (Reverend Lionel Toop) Photographer: Nick Woodward-Shaw and Lighting Designer: Jeff A. Davis; Davis Entertainment

And just when you think it couldn’t get any funnier, in comes Sergeant Towers (Eric Mitchell) with a spot on British accent whose quick changing voice inflections are effective and super funny!

Eric Mitchell as Sergeant Towers  Photographer: Nick Woodward-Shaw and Lighting Designer: Jeff A. Davis; Davis Entertainment

All brilliantly directed by mutiple award-winning director, Cambrian James!  Hale Centre Theatre is a highly reputable family run organization that has been operating for over 60 years.  This first-rate professional theatre has a huge following, which is one reason why just about every show has been almost sold out.

Photo by this proud Mama. Love this theatre!

A full house at every performance.  The in-the-round stage is charming and truly brings the audience that much closer to the action, storyline and fun!

Photographer: Nick Woodward-Shaw and Lighting Designer: Jeff A. Davis; Davis Entertainment

I truly can’t say enough about this show!  The storyline takes you back in time and provides a refreshing 2-hour (with intermission) escape from today’s hectic life and nonstop stressful headlines!  There are two weeks left of shows that run Wednesdays through Saturdays at Hale Centre Theatre.  The charming venue sits right next door to the delicious and popular Postino Wine Bar and is right across the street from the weekly Farmer’s Market that happens on the weekends.  Many other tasty eateries reside right by Hale including Liberty Market, Pomodoro, Zinburger, Lo-Lo’s Chicken & Waffles, Whiskey Row, Barrio Queen and more. A real treat to spend an afternoon or evening out in this area.  Get your tickets here and get them quickly as this show continues to book up fast.

Truly run to see See How They Run!  I promise you will have great fun, laugh out loud a ton and go home feeling good!

 

 

Sweet 16 Birthday Party Planning Ideas

Since I just received an email from one of my blog readers asking me for sweet 16 birthday party ideas, here is what we did for our daughter’s party. And for my blog readers…please share your sweet 16 bday ideas in the comments section to give our reader even more creative things to do when the sweetest of birthdays rolls around, the 16th one!  We love this blog to be a place where manic managed moms share tips to make our manic lives more managed.  Let me start by saying that my girl asked to plan her own gig.  So these ideas were hers, which is helpful since she is the demographic our reader is planning for!

The birthday girl back in November…

Idea #1Big ballon birthday numbers.  Kids love these giant numbers and the 16 one is especially sweet since it is the sweet 16th birthday.  They come in different colors.  Visit Party City stores for prices and sizes.  They make great decor and are especially fun for party pics, too.

Idea #2 – Make your own photo booth.  Simply make a backdrop with a white sheet and string lights across the top like my girl’s friends did for her.  So much fun!  Sweet 16 themed party decor, paper cups, plates, props and more can also be purchased at Party City hereProps for the photo booth can also be purchased at Party City as shown in this picture from the Party City website below.  Or make your own for creative fun.

Ideas #3 – Use more (like we did for the photo booth) white (or use colors) string lights for added decor.  My funny girl wanted to make her own from-scratch birthday cake! I didn’t argue with her as she is a better baker than I am!  She decorated it with fruit, so no fancy decorationg skills were needed and her pals loved the vanilla bean flavored cake with cream cheese icing.  She placed the cake in the middle of white string party lights laid flat and it looked great!  The white strung party lights can also be found at Party City.

*Idea #4 – Have the birthday girl wear a sweet 16 crown and/or sash, also sold at Party City.  In this picture below, both girls are wearing the fun sweet 16 sashes.  Since one of Lexi’s pals also turned 16, we did a double birthday party and we Mamas also had a great time! 

Idea #5 – Rent a bouncy house!  Yep, our girl and her almost fully grown teenage friends asked for a bouncy house!  I couldn’t believe it, but that is what they wanted and it was a hit!  I think sometimes our teens miss being little kids.  The bouncy house company I rented from told me that they rent to teens all the time.  Who knew?!  We rented from Slide and Bounce Around, Inc. and they were terrific to work with from start to finish.  I do recommend checking with your teenager before renting this, though.  It was cool with my own sweet 16-year-old and her buds, but that may not be true for all teens.  Definitely check with your kid first.

Idea #6 – Let your teen pick the snacks and food that will be served.  My daughter picked the snacks and the main fare, which was spaghetti tacos!  I forgot to take a picture of this crowd pleasing funny fare at the party, but I found a picture on Pinterest to share…Apparently, that was a big hit when ICarly aired when this age group was younger.  So we put out pasta and tacos.  Most of the teen guests did assemble spaghetti tacos and others either had the spaghetti (we ordered from Buca di Beppo and included Ceasar salad) and/or the tacos separately.  Again…who knew?!  The kids loved this party dinner idea!  Another good one is to get sub sandwiches catered from places like Subway or Jersey Mike’s, a favorite eatery of the teens I currenty know around our neighborhood.

Other Ideas – Another friend of mine surprised her sweet 16 daughter with a party bus rental.  Yet another one asked her to daughter if she wanted to invite several friends to stay at a local resort for one night.  Still others had a dinner party at Buca di Beppo, which is a good one to accomodate dinner parties.  And other pals took their newly 16-year-old to a quick trip to California, either San Diego or one of the beaches in LA like Santa Monica or Manhattan Beach.

I hope these ideas answer my blog reader who wrote in and other parents reading this, please feel free to add your sweet 16 party ideas to the comments section below.  16 is a sweet birthday, so happy sweet 16th to any of yours turning that magical number soon!  These two girls had a blast celebrating their milestone birthday a few months ago!  So much fun! 

 

 

Driving Angel Visor Clip Winners!!!

Thanks to all who entered our drawing for the guardian angel visor clip for new drivers!  It is a special gift to give to that driver for sure.

Through random.org, we drew for two winners since we have one for a girl and one for a boy.  Both of my kids have one in their cars.  My boy is now 20 (how did that happen?!) and my girl is 16, so she is a new driver.  Here are winners….

The girl visor clip goes to….

Sherri Hentz from Phoenix, AZ!!!!

 

And the boy visor clip goes to….

Gail Tabb from Mesa, AZ!!!

 

Congrats to both and thanks so much for entering and for following the blog at managedmoms.com!!

A Very Special Giveaway Drawing

If you have a new driver or driver-to-be, this is a special drawing!  I have two sweet inspiring visor clips that say, “Never Drive Faster Than Your Guardian Angel Can Fly!” and both of my kids have one in their cars.  It is clipped to their visor, so they are reminded to be as safe as possible every time they see the sweet clip when they get in their car.  Here is what we will do the drawing for…

The first one says daughter and the other one can be for a girl or a boy.

I bought mine years ago and saved them until they each turned 16 and started driving.  I can’t believe how fast that got here.  We will draw for two winners through random.org.  The first one says “daughter” and the second one works for either a boy or a girl.  If you want to have a chance to win one of these to have for your own driver or driver-to-be, simply follow these quick and easy steps to enter…

  1.  Email your name, email address and address where you want your prize sent to [email protected]
  2.  Do this by this Monday, January 22nd by 10pm Phoenix time.  We will announce the winner on Tuesday, Jan. 23rd on this blog.

Good luck and good luck with this exciting new chapter with your kid(s).  You may also want to print out the driving contract my husband created that both of our children agreed to, signed and they keep a copy of the agreement in their glove boxes.  My husband told our kids that the most dangerous thing we will let them do as parents is drive a car.  Not a decision to be made lightly for sure.

Wishing all of you a safe road ahead and good luck in this drawing for a very special visor decor reminder.

 

My Mama Wellness Kit

Cold and flu season got you down?  Or are you trying to keep those germs away?  With two kids who are now 20 and 16 (guess I can’t say kids anymore), I have learned a lot of tricks and tips along the way when it comes to family wellness maintenance. And that can be a full-time job. Kids and teens are so busy these days with academics, activities, friends, jobs and more that keeping them well is important and when things become unwell, it is important to have a Mama 1st aid kit, or as I like to call it, a mama family wellness kit on hand ready for action.  Here is what we keep in ours…

Colds & Cough

The thing about some colds and some viruses is that kids can keep going as long as they don’t have fever. But they can still feel miserable, so these are the remedies we use when that happens…

*Traditional Seasonal Tea Medicinal Seasonal Sampler Herbal Tea – I buy my box at Whole Foods, but I have seen similar sampler herbal teas at grocery stores. This one houses four flavors that are all beneficial and work to ease symptoms.  The sampler incudes Gypsy Cold Care, Echinacea Plus, Throat Coat and Breathe Easy.

*EmergenC – My family loves this stuff!  So, at the first sign of a cold, this is mixed with water and consumed!

*Medicine Ball Tea also called the Jade Citrus Mint Tea – We found this ourselves when we asked the Starbucks barista which tea would be best for my girl as she had a big performance and a head cold with cough.  Not fun!  She told us about the Starbucks Sick Tea and we swear by it!  It has been renamed and the Starbucks website says that this is a customer creation that contains Jade Citrus Mint Green Tea, Peach Tranquility Herbal Tea, hot water, steamed lemonade and a touch of honey.  Try it the next time you are under the weather.  I will caution that a 16-oz. serving does contain 33 grams of sugar, so watch your added sugars the rest of the day after having this tea.  Other than that, I have nothing but praise for this amazing Starbucks remedy!

*Raw Manuka Honey – My daughter had a lead part in a big VYT production last year and on opening day, she barely had a voice!  First, we used the above recommended Throat Coat herbal tea, she took 2 Advil and she drank the Starbucks sick tea mentioned above.  Then we followed up with a ½ tablespoon of raw manuka honey.  By curtain time, she had a voice again and got through it!  We did see her pediatrician that day to confirm that it was a cold and nothing more serious and her doctor knew about the manuka honey remedy, too. WebMD has a detailed article about the benefits and research done about this honey and what ailments it helps.  VERY IMPORTANT:  never give honey to a child under one year old. It can cause botulism.  Also, be sure that your child does not have an allergy to bees. So, before you try honey, be sure you read up on it and then if all works for your family, you will probably find this to be a good remedy for coughs and more as our grandmothers did with honey years ago. Manuka honey is expensive, and I have seen it sell for as high as $35 a jar, but it has been worth it for us. I get mine at Whole Foods.

Injuries & Soreness

*Family Pack Band-Aid – Doesn’t it always seem like when you need one size of band aid, you only have the wrong size on hand?!  I finally purchased this cool family pack at Sam’s Club and this box contains 170 premium bandages in all shapes and sizes.  This has saved the day more than once.  And this box has waterproof band aids as well.

*Epsom Salt – For swelling following an injury or soreness from a sport or workout, an Epsom bath is a great remedy. Webmd.com says that in water, it breaks down into magnesium and sulfate. The theory is that when you soak in an Epsom salt bath, these get into your body through your skin. That hasn’t been proven, but just soaking in warm water with the salts can help relax muscles and loosen stiff joints.  I have personally found this to help a lot.

Eczema

*Aveeno Oatmeal Bath – This has worked wonders for my daughter when she used to get bad eczema outbreaks.  Webmd.com explains that Colloidal oatmeal binds to the skin and forms a protective barrier that also helps hold in moisture and ease inflammation. Oatmeal for this can be made at home, but I love the convenience of buying it prepackaged at the drug store.  We really like the Aveeno brand.

Cuts, Scrapes, Minor Burns, Chapped Hands, Lips & Nasal Irritation from Colds

*Boiron Calendula Ointment Both my mother (who is very homeopathic) and me love this homeopathic medicine that soothes, protects and heals cuts, scrapes and especially chapped skin. It is paraben free and comes from the garden marigold plant.  I buy mine at Sprouts Markets, Whole Foods and Vitamin Shoppes.

Nausea

Here is one home remedy that everyone has on hand!  A washcloth and cool water.  Simply wet the washcloth with cool water and place on the back of the neck.  My mother-in-law, who was the head nurse at her hospital and taught nursing at NMSU, recently did this for me, just last month and it worked like a charm!

Did I leave out one of your favorite family wellness remedies?  Wishing you wellness this winter season!

 

 

 

 

Freebie Friday Winner!

 

 

 

 

 

 

Who is our Freebie Friday winner today?

What did our winner win?  Keep on reading!!  And remember if you are a subscriber, then you are automatically entered in our weekly drawing for great prizes that include beauty items, cookware,  jewelry and more!  Lots of cool stuff!  Now, let’s announce this week’s lucky winner….

This week’s Freebie Friday winner is:

Kalynn Lowry!!!   

(winner selected through random.org)

Kalynn won….

The Revlon Pro Collection Hair Dryer & Volumizer is perfect for the gal that loves salon style blowouts.  This smart tool combines a hairbrush and blow dryer all in one resulting in less styling time and is frizz-free, too.  Sells for $59.99 at Target.  Love this prize!

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And we will have more great prizes next week, so stay tuned for that and become a subscriber to be automatically entered into the weekly drawing that we do through random.org! 

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