Sunday, May 31, 2015

We Are Family #StreamTeam

May is one of those months where "family busy" it at it's highest. End of the school year is filled with concerts, field trips, finals, parties, school picnics, you get the point. :)  There is always something on the calendar. This year we tossed in preschool graduation, a birthday party, a Memorial Day picnic, a couple trips to urgent care, and a preschool graduation party for good measure as well. We're wrapping up school and heading into summer in just a week and we cannot wait!

Our family is made up of a his, mine, and ours crew with kids ranging in ages from 19 months to 15 years old.  Fortunately the oldest is fantastic with the youngers and is willing to hang out and watch "the little kid" shows with us too. Thankfully.

Netflix is still where it's at for us! We could not be happier that we ditched cable and went with Netflix. Being a part of the #StreamTeam was easy peasy since I already loved it! My love has just continued to grow.

I'm looking forward to spending our summer like it's 1976. Lots of outdoor time, catching lightning bugs, making homemade ice cream, camping in the backyard, and using a lot of imagination.  But one thing about Pittsburgh there's a lot of humidity and random summer storms, so sometimes the heat or rain drive us inside.  Netflix will be our summer partner!

Andrew and I have still been watching Daredevil together. We like being able to have some one-on-one time and even though the show is slightly gory for me, we are both loving the storyline!

I watched the entire series of Gilmore Girls and then Gossip Girl on my late nights and loved them! Unique families.

The little girls are happy watching Daniel Tiger, My Little Pony, and a plethora of shows on Netflix they love. Netflix is their first choice when asked if they want to watch a movie or something.

Lily's latest love is anything related to the solar system, planets, or just earth, so we've been watching Planet Earth together as a family and George and Lily have been watching Cosmos together.

I really love that Netflix can be and is such a big part of our family and helps bring all of us together in many different ways! Which is pretty much perfect because our family came together to be a party of six in a different way too. ;)

Some family recommendations for y'all: 

Family Is What You Make It

For your little kids:
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For your big kids:
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1. Raising Hope
2. The Fosters
3. Gilmore Girls
4. Life Unexpected

Disclosure: As a member of the Netflix #StreamTeam I was provided subscription to Netflix and also exclusive insights or other products. All opinions are my 100% my own and I was already a proud Netflix subscriber prior to this opportunity. Please see my full disclosure.

Thursday, May 21, 2015

#freetobe doing the things we want

With a family of 6, laundry is everywhere. ALL THE TIME.

Let's be real.

Laundry is my nemesis. My least favorite chore ever. It's never ending. It's why we have pajammie days...often. {Why make more laundry?} Besides, if we spend less time doing laundry then we are #freetobe doing the other things that make us happy!

My oldest, now 15, has had issues with eczema, allergies, and asthma that started when he was a very young toddler.  We have seen a marked difference in recent years where he's outgrown most of it, but there are definite times when all of the above flare up.  We've gotten the right combination of skin care and lotions to help over the years, but finding a laundry detergent that eliminates that last component has been a battle.  Enter all free clear.   That last component is gone!

Having a baby, a teen with eczema, a hunter husband who needs unscented clothing and three more people's laundry to do, the amount of laundry product was out.of.control.
Finding all free clear quickly wrapped that up into an easy peasy choice of one product! Double the perks!

When I don't have to worry about the products I'm putting on our clothes affecting any of my family except in positive ways, it makes my life easier. Running a household of 6 with busy schedules, blended family schedules to accommodate --laundry needs to be something simple and easy--something I don't need to think about.

all free clear is the #1 recommended detergent brand by Dermatologists, Allergists, and Pediatricians for sensitive skin. It's tough on stains yet gentle enough for the whole family. Plus, it's safe for use in standard and HE machines. It rinses clean and has a gentle, hypoallergenic formula. Powerful Clean. Gentle on Skin.

all free clear is also 100% hypoallergenic.

all® free clear liquid fabric softener and dryer sheets are also available! Use together to make fabrics cleaner, softer, and more comfortable against your family’s sensitive skin. 100% free of dyes and perfumes. Gentle on skin. Safe for all washing machines.

After all, the washing is the easy part when you have this one "helping" you fold.

all free clear making my laundry simple leaves more time for allowing my family #freetobe able to do more of this:

Tuesday, May 12, 2015

Practicality #RecycleYourPeriodPad

If you have little kids, you often find the most random of your possessions, strewn about. Feminine products are no exception! Last night, I walked into the bathroom to find my 18month old had discovered my stash of tampons. I first found a few wrapped ones just spilled out of the box then noticed a couple open along the floor.  I laughed as I picked up her trail of tampons! I was lucky this time that she hadn't pulled out the package of period pads, but it got me thinking why I still have those stashed under the sink anyway.  We've all bought the wrong pads at some point and you either suck it up and use them or they sit tucked back in the back of a closet or under the sink somewhere. 

Women deserve the best options for managing LBL so Poise brand has introduced new Poise Thin-Shape pads, which are up to 40% thinner than original Poise brand pads and are made specifically for bladder leaks with the trusted absorbency of Poise brand.

What exactly is LBL? - 1 in 3 women experience Light Bladder Leakage (LBL) – little leaks that can be triggered by everyday occurrences like coughing, sneezing, laughing and exercise. -Weak pelvic floor muscles, pregnancy, childbirth and weight gain are just a few LBL contributors.

Do you need those bulky period pads to help protect your LBL?  Who wants to wear something so heavy for something so light? Not me!  Poise and their new Thin-Shape Pads:

Designed to move with your body, new Poise Thin-Shape pads feature Super Absorbent Material (SAM) and a Thin-Flex design for extraordinary protection that’s still 3x drier than period pads† to help you take care of leaks with confidence.

So what do you do with all those unused, unwanted period pads you have? Well, I'm sending them off with my husband and his buddy to go camping!  Yep. You read that right, my husband is taking my unused period pads with him when he camps.  They are perfect for his first aid kid! Think about get a wound that bleeds, what better to use to help stop the bleeding on your arm or leg, for example, than something designed to absorb! 

Sometimes I'm creative and sometimes I'm practical. Thankfully, I have a husband who loves hunting, fishing, and camping and is always looking for handy little items to have that are useful. He's a good sport! 

If you are the 1 in 3 women with light bladder leakage and are ready to ditch the period pads bes ure to visit the Poise site where you can get a $2.00 off coupon!  Once you give Poise a try, you'll totally be ready to #RecycleYourPeriodPad! 

Click on the image below to get the coupon! 


Thursday, May 7, 2015

#SlidetheCity Pittsburgh

Slide The City Comes to Pittsburgh - Saturday, June 6, 2015 11am-7pm

** UPDATE ** NEW Day being added, Sunday June 7, 2015! Tickets on sale Wednesday, May 6. Don't delay -- Saturday is SOLD OUT, Mark your calendar and get your tickets!

Our summer usually kicks off with our big kids finishing up school and custody schedules sending them off to other places. We spend a lot of our summer running them back and forth and ensuring family activities take place during our times when we're all together! As a family of 6, we have some restrictions just because our little kids are well, little. This year we decided that we were going to kick of our some doing something with just us and the big kids! Cue, Slide the City! We saw this coming to town and knew this was perfect!!  I have a friend who participated in Arizona recently and after watching her video, we knew this was exactly what we were going to do! 

Summer time is approaching fast and we are bringing 1000 feet of slick vinyl to brighten your city streets. Slide the City is a family friendly slip-and-slide water party event. There will be live music, food, drinks, water, and of course the biggest slip and slide ever to hit Pittsburgh!

Come dressed to impress because it's not every day you can strut through town with your hot bod, cool dance moves and slick slides. Did we mention 1000 feet? Yeah, that's over 3 football fields. 

Make sure to bring your water buckets, floaties, and water guns (non-realistic of course), to squirt, spray, splash, and get all attending soaked. 

Location: South Park – Allegheny County
Registration Opens: April 22nd, 2015 10am Eastern Time
To Register: Go to

Participants in Slide the City will ride inflatables down a 1,000-ft. slip and slide. This one-of-a-kind experience will help people “slide into summer.” The first event of its kind, Slide the City has seen massive growth since it started in 2014. This original concept went viral when the video was released, and this year promises to be bigger, better, and wetter. “This will be one of the highlights of your year,” said Slide The City Founder, T.R. Gourley “Get ready for the slide of your life!”

Pittsburgh has shown great enthusiasm for the event with over 17,000 people signing up to be notified once registration was opened and hundreds more joining the waitlist daily.

Each rider can purchase a one ride pass, three ride pass, or all-day pass. With over 150 events in the US and Canada, and more than 20 international locations beginning with Japan and Australia as early as March, water slide enthusiasts are sure to find a Slide the City event nearby.

All are welcome to slide into fun. Visit for more information about Slide the City dates and locations or checkout what fans have to share on Facebook at


Some other deets:

Is there an age or height limit?
All who are over 46 inches tall and over 5 years old are invited to slide, but remember if you're under 18 you'll need to get a sign off from your legal guardians.

Are there group rates available?
If you have a group with 20 or more participants send us an email.

What do you do to address water conservation?
Water conservation is also a priority at our events. We strive to have zero environmental impact on the community. The Slide was designed to have zero water loss, and it treats and recycles the water safely and efficiently throughout the day. When permitted, we donate the water back to the community. Methods of disposal include local reclamation centers, parks, golf courses and other places dependent upon local regulations. 

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