• Apple Mango Smoothie

    I received compensation from Bayer Consumer Health, makers of MiraLAX® to write this post. MiraLAX® is a laxative used to treat occasional constipation. All opinions are entirely my own. #ReliefMadeEasy #CollectiveBias #Ad

    Ever since I embarked on my weight loss journey in March, I have been having off and on issues with occasional constipation. I can tell if I haven’t had enough water, or if it is extra hot outside or I eat more protein than normal that those are the times I usually have a delay.

    Thankfully someone just suggested getting MiraLAX® which I found at Walgreens. It has really helped with occasional constipation. MiraLAX® works with your body’s natural process to provide effective relief from occasional constipation. MiraLAX® works with the water in your body to provide a gentle experience and doesn’t cause harsh side effects.

    I love that it comes in multiple bottle sizes and the MiraLAX®. The bottles are great for home, but when you are out and about the last thing you want to do is pull out a big bottle and that is why the Mix-In Pax are so convenient. If I’m away from the house for the day, or a few days, these are easy to toss into my purse.

    One thing that is so important is that MiraLAX® is different from stimulant laxatives. Stimulant laxatives make your body go by forcefully stimulating the nerves in your colon. MiraLAX® works with the water in your body to hydrate, soften, and ease, unblocking your system naturally. My body doesn’t like to be forced to do anything, so something that is easy to take and is easy on your body is right up my alley.

    MiraLAX® can be taken in any liquid. A glass of water, your morning cup of coffee, or my favorite, a delicious smoothie. Today, I wanted to share this smoothie I make regularly. It worked perfectly and was great as always.

    This Apple Mango smoothie is so delicious and easy to make!

    • 1/2 apple (sliced and seeds removed)
    • 1 cup sliced mangos
    • 1 cup plain, non-fat Greek yogurt
    • 1/2 cup non-fat milk
    • Ice

    Blend and voila!

    Tip: When needed, I add in the MiraLAX® to help with occasional constipation. Since the powder has no flavor, you don’t even realize it is there!

    Before you head to Walgreens, get your MiraLAX® so you can make sure you save! And make sure you always use as directed.

    What is your favorite kind of smoothie?

  • Pregnancy, Poise and a little Peeing

    This post is sponsored by Poise® but the content and opinions expressed here are my own.

    There are so many old wives tales that come up about pregnancy and after, right? so today I wanted to talk to you a little bit about Pregnancy, Poise and a little Peeing.

    Old Wives Tale: Don’t look at a mouse when you’re pregnant — if you do, your baby will be born with a hairy birthmark.– Say Whaat?

    Old Wives Tale: If you have a lot of heartburn your baby will be born with a lot of hair. — Maybe. But maybe not?

    Old Wives Tale: You can’t get pregnant while nursing. — Who wants to try it? Go ahead, I’ll wait…

    But the truth about pregnancy: Stretch marks, hemmeroids, nausea, constipation, bladder leakage.

    Personally, I know that things like this can be embarrassing. But it doesn’t need to be. Things like Light Bladder Leakage are so much more common than most people realize, or maybe want to admit. But it happens to 1 in 3 women!

    If you are feeling uncertain about purchasing Poise® pads, you can use Walmart’s Online Grocery Pick-up to make shopping much easier and more discreet! No worry about running into someone you know and feeling uncomfortable!

    There are many different options so that you can find just the right fit for you! Whether you just need something extra light, like a liner, or something more absorbent like an overnight pad, Poise has you covered.

    Poise Pads are 10X drier than the leading period pad – perfect for maternity pads for women after birth who experience postpartum or heavier bladder leakage.

    They have a great ContourFit Design a pad shape that is softly curved in the middle, to fit your curves better than before. They’re wider in front and back for coverage and protection for heavier bladder leaks. And the 3-in-1 protection for dryness, comfort and odor control can’t be beaten.

    So, who loves to earn money while they stay dry? Thanks to ibotta you can get a little bit back with your purchase of Poise. You can use my referral link: https://ibotta.com/r/xgcoqll if you don’t already have an ibotta account. (I do receive $5 when you sign up, and you’ll receive $10 for using my link!)

    So what are you waiting for? Are you going to earn your $5 from ibotta?

    Be sure to check out more posts about Poise. –> Mom Moments with Poise, Take Control of your Light Bladder Leakage, 5 Things I learned after becoming a mom.

  • Mom Moments with Poise

    This post is sponsored by Poise® but the content and opinions expressed here are my own.

    Where are the moms at? Raise your hand! This is for you- the moms and moms-to-be that can’t laugh without peeing a little. Have some mom moments with Poise.

    Did you know that 1 in 3 women experience Light Bladder Leakage? Mom’s night out takes on an entirely new meaning to laughing so hard you pee your pants! But this topic doesn’t have to be embarrassing, or shameful. If you are experiencing LBL, you are not alone! I was talking to some girlfriends recently and we all agreed that LBL rears its ugly head. And knowing that it is common and not only affecting you can make you feel so much more confident.

    Did you know that you can do Walmart’s Online Grocery Pick-Up Option and add Poise to your cart? How simple is that? And if you are feeling a little uncomfortable about your purchase this might just be the perfect option for you! I ran into the store and I couldn’t believe all the options available!

    My favorite thing about Poise pads is all the different options available. ContourFfit, Lightweight, overnight, whatever it is you are looking for Poise has an option available at Walmart! Whether you are pregnant, post-partum or have older kids, bladder leakage doesn’t discriminate. Make sure your mom moments with Poise keep you comfortable and dry and you are covered under any circumstance.

    Unsure where to start? Check out more information here at Poise. Track what triggers your LBL, whether it is from laughing, coughing, smoking or did you know that some foods can even cause light bladder leakage? Spicy foods or even citric acid could be causing it. Sometimes it could just be caused by a medication you are taking. Whatever the situation, Poise has you covered.

    Thankfully, Poise has me covered for my next Mom’s Night Out!

     

     

  • Good Habits Start Early with Octopus

    This post has been compensated by IHelpMoms.com and its advertiser. All opinions are mine alone.

    Creating good habits are hard enough for anyone to get down, but when you are little it makes it tough sometimes to remember what has to be done next. There are so many distractions in our day to day life that a little head start never hurt anyone. That is why I love the Octopus watch by Joy.

    With this Octopus watch, I downloaded an app and plugged in the things I wanted Tyler to be reminded about and when I wanted the reminders and we were set to go.

    That way if Tyler gets a little distracted by something in the mornings his watch will let him know that it is time to start getting ready for school. And remind him of each task, such as filling his water bottle, packing his backpack and brushing his teeth. I never have to remind him to eat breakfast!

    The Octopus watch is the training wheels for good habits®. And I love that it points kids in the right direction. Now we don’t deal with the confusion of what time to start getting ready and what has to be done next. When he gets home from school we have about 10 minutes for him to get settled and find a snack before he gets his reminder to check for homework and get in some extra reading time.

    The first icon-based watch that empowers kids by teaching good habits and the concept of time. I love that it fosters responsibility, independence, and self-esteem.

    My handsome boy all ready for a day of school!

    I don’t have anything set for during school hours because I don’t want the watch to become a distraction for him while he should be learning. But he still loves wearing it!

    For the rest of this month, make sure you take advantage of the discount of 25% off! Use code ihelpmoms2018 for the month of March!

    What are your favorite ways to keep your littles on track?

  • Ranch Pasta Salad

    It may only be February, but I am dreaming of sunny days full of hot hot sunshine. Anyone else?

    Winter hasn’t been near as bad as past years, but I will take the heat over cold any day of the week. And because our summers fly by, I am making plans already to fill my days with lounging at the lake, relaxing in the back yard with a cold drink and lots and lots of play dates with kids screaming with laughter as they slide down the slip n slide.

    One thing we do a couple times a year is have back yard bbq’s with our family and friends. And I am always looking for the perfect BBQ food! Pasta salads are always a must and this BBQ Ranch Pasta Salad is definitely a favorite.

    Originally I found a recipe for BBQ Ranch Pasta Salad over on Spicy Southern Kitchen, but after I couldn’t find the same dressing I had to change things up a bit.

    Ranch Pasta Salad

    And because I had never had the original dressing, I wasn’t missing out! This dressing was delicious!!

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    It really couldn’t have been easier to make! Which are another favorite things of mine! Quick and easy pasta salads are awesome!!

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    This is all of the ingredients mixed together except for the pasta and corn chips.

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    • 16 oz pasta, cooked per package direction – I used elbow and sprial because that is what I had!
    • 1 cup of Southwestern Ranch Dressing
    • ⅓ cup sour cream
    • 1 can black beans, rinsed and drained
    • 1 cup canned corn, drained
    • ½ red bell pepper, diced
    • ½ small red onion, finely diced
    • 1 cup shredded cheddar cheese
    • 1 cup corn chips
    1. Place cooked pasta in a large bowl.
    2. Stir together dressing and sour cream and pour over pasta. Mix together
    3. Add all remaining ingredients, except corn chips, and stir to combine.
    4. Refrigerate until ready to serve and sprinkle corn chips on top just before serving.

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    I wish I had gotten a better picture of this when I originally made it! Because this picture doesn’t really do it justice!  Maybe next time!

    What is your go-to pasta salad?