Monday, June 19, 2017

What to Pack in Your Medicine Bag

A few weeks back when we were in San Diego Hazel caught a cold, she had a fever and was lethargic. And unfortunately, I forgot our medicine bag at home -oops! So at six o'clock in the morning Brand ran to the nearest Kroger and grabbed Hazel some medicine to kick her fever and get her feeling well again. It would have been so much easier if I hadn't forgotten our medicine bag because we would have had everything we needed to take care of her right then and there. So, if you're looking to learn from someone's mistakes, learn from mine. Don't forget your medicine bag at home. 

I thought I would quickly share with you what was in my beloved medicine bag so you can get a good idea about what to put in yours.

Breathe-eez Portable Nasal Aspirator: Perfect if your baby or toddler has a runny or stuffy nose. It is designed to gently provide immediate relief from your baby's nasal congestion.  Hazel doesn't have a problem using this at all, she actually thinks it's kind of funny -which I was totally shocked by. And it works well to get out the boogers that are causing her such a hard time. It's safe to use and hygienic, you don't suck any of it into your mouth. I also really like it because it comes in this perfect travel size kit. It's easy to clean with hot, soapy water and is BPA free.

Band-Aids: You never know when your toddler is going to fall down or get a cut, always having band-aids available is a must.

Your Child's Preferred Flavor of Medicine: So this is what happened to us, we weren't able to find the correct flavor medicine at the San Diego Kroger and it was kind of a big ordeal. Hazel wouldn't take her medicine and we had to tell her that we had to go home if she didn't take the medicine. Thankfully she ended up taking the medicine.

Carmex and Desitin: Chapped lips and rashes hurt, they tend to happen more when you are on vacation because you are walking around a lot and not drinking as much water as you normally would. Also, long road trips can really be a pain in your toddler's bum -for real- so if you put a little Desitin on your toddler before your long road trip you might save them some pain.

Eczema Lotion: Hazel gets random breakouts of eczema, it's sad because you know it hurts her -especially when she is sitting there scratching it telling you how much it hurts. We always have a trial size bit of this lotion in our bag for the just in case moments.

Thermometer: We invested in a digital thermometer, and I'm glad we did because it's so much easier to use. You don't want to be guessing if your child had a fever, and you especially don't want to under think a fever because those can turn into really bad situations.

For more products and other information visit Nuby on their sites below

I received this product for review, but all opinions and words are my own. 


Thursday, June 15, 2017

Exploring Sea World with a Curious Toddler

It is indeed possible to have fun at SeaWorld with a toddler, and I cannot begin to describe to you how much fun we really had when we were there. Hazel loved every minute and we were pleasantly surprised at how well she was behaving the entire time. There is so much to see and do at SeaWorld, especially for those young minds, and I think that Hazel's mind was trying to soak it all up in one day. If you have kids and are looking to spend some time in California, SeaWorld should be on your list of things to do. 

Our first stop Sesame Street Bay of Play. Last year when we came to SeaWorld Hazel had the best time, but we only rode one ride -because we were on a time crunch- this time she rode all the rides her 32 inch height would allow. Her favorite probably being Elmo's Flying Fish because we went up high in the sky. There are a lot of things for toddlers to do in the Sesame Street Bay of Play, there are rides or course, splash pad, and a big jungle gym for your kids to get their energy out.

Next we went and saw Dolphin Days, dolphins are such beautiful animals, it was fun to see them swim around  and jump out of the water. Isn't amazing what these animals can do?  SeaWorld has many other shows and presentations, some of which have opened up just this summer. 

After that, we split up and big kids headed for the more thrill-seeking rides. If you're not headed to SeaWorld with a toddler, don't worry because there is plenty to do as an adult. You can find all the rides and thrills here

Later we had some lunch and then went to see the new Orca Encounter. We learned a lot of things about Killer Whales that I had never known before, like, did you know that Killer Whales can actually eat Blue Whales even though they are nearly five times their size?! 

They also have little pools for your little one to explore, like Explorer's Reef. Here they have cleaner fish, small sharks, stingrays, and other small creatures you can touch. They also have an Aquaria Touch Pool where you can touch sea stars and sea urchins. Hazel really loved getting to touch the animals and be up close with them. She especially loved the cleaner fish that would kiss her finger.

We always have a blast at SeaWorld, there is so much to see and do, especially if you have a curious toddler. The lines weren't long and the park was filled with so much for us to enjoy.

What is your favorite thing to do at SeaWorld?


Thursday, May 18, 2017

MILKA OREO Chocolate Candy + a giveaway

Sponsored Post: This post is sponsored by MILKA OREO, but the content and opinions expressed are my own. 

So, you know how last week I wrote a post about self-care and how all us moms really do need to take care of ourselves? It's true, we really do. Another way I like to get some me time in is watching a show and eating my favorite snack. Well, let me introduce you to my new favorite snack. OREO has teamed up with MILKA creating the new MILKA OREO Chocolate Candy

You can find the new MILKA OREO Chocolate Candy at Walmart in the candy isle. The delicious chocolate candy is easy to spot and easy to grab a hold of -it's located right in the middle of the isle and you can't miss it. I am especially excited to bring the MILKA OREO Chocolate Mix on my road trip. It's the perfect mix of chocolate candy all in one easy to seal bag, use this ibota coupon and earn up to a dollar when you purchase the MILKA OREO Chocolate Mix. 

Head to your local Walmart between now and May 21st to see a live demonstration where you might even be able to taste test this new MILKA Oreo Chocolate Candy.  If you're interested trying these chocolate candies out, but can't make it to a live demonstration use these ibota coupons on the MILKA OREO Chocolate Candy and MILKA OREO Chocolate Mix.  

I also have an awesome giveaway going on for you all. Over the next few weeks, I will be giving away 5 $25 Walmart gift cards! You have 5 chances to win a gift card to Walmart and all you have to do is follow the steps below: 

Take a picture of yourself at Walmart with a MILKA OREO Chocolate Candy.
Upload the pictures to Twitter, Facebook, or Instagram, 
Tag me in the picture (@lyssadawson) and use the hashtag #TryOREOChocolate. 

Don't forget to take these coupons with you to the store, because you know you will want to buy one. MILKA OREO Chocolate Candy and the MILKA OREO Chocolate Mix.  Once you've purchased them come back here and tell me what you think! 

Good luck! 


Tuesday, May 16, 2017

Join The Story Box, Box Subscription

One of my favorite moments of motherhood is reading with Hazel. And even before she was born I wanted to teach her to learn to read because it's such an amazing gift to have. As a child I never enjoyed reading, it was more of a chore, especially when I was reading for a school assignment. But now, as an adult, I love to read -and I wish I could read faster. So for me, establishing her love for reading was really important, especially since I know it will be a big part of her life. 

When I found The Story Box, a book box subscription company, I was super excited to see what they were about and what they had in store for Hazel. The Story Box has three different types of book subscriptions you can choose from, all depending on how old your children are. The subscription box we chose to receive is called the Family Package, which includes two books, one board book, and one picture book. It was perfect for us because Hazel really likes both picture books and board books. In the Family Package subscription, you will also find a parent guide that helps you create activities that reference the book so your child can find the parallels between the two. And you will also find a challenge of the month, this gives you ideas on how to get your child thinking about the book -specific to the board book. If you're interested take a look at the different package options here

Hazel was over the moon when the book surprise box came in the mail for her, she loves surprises, and she couldn't wait to open it. She was excited to sit down and read the books she got, but also really excited about the decorative paper. This is so cuuute! We sat there and read the books, and she would comment and saying things like, where are they going? or what are they doing? It was really fun seeing the wheels turn inside her brain.  

We really enjoyed this subscription box and think it's such a great idea to give as a gift, or even get during the summer months when your kids are out of school. It's a great way to keep your kids busy and help teach them at the same time. 
Hazel, can you count the rabbits?
Onnne, two, three, four... 

I love teaching her to love reading. What a wonderful quality and talent to have while growing up. For more information about The Story Box head to their website.

We received this subscription box to review, but all thoughts and opinions are our own. 

Wednesday, May 10, 2017

Five Tips for Taking Care of Yourself as a Mom

You know when you are on an airplane, and before takeoff, the flight attendants demonstrate how to put on the oxygen masks? Do you remember how they tell you to put your oxygen mask on before you help anyone else with theirs? Because you can't help someone else if you're suffocating, riiight?! Well, this is a lot like being a mom in a way. In order to be a good mom, you have to take care of yourself first. It's something I never really thought of when I first became a mom. I was just busy learning to be a new mom, feeding my newborn, changing her diapers, trying to figure out why she wouldn't stop crying, and everything else you do as a new parent. It's hard. And sometimes, you just don't think about yourself. That's bad. Because taking care of yourself makes you a better mom, it rejuvenates you, gives you time to think about yourself, and gives you an out. 

Taking care of yourself doesn't have to be some extravagant event -although that would be fun from time to time- just getting time for you will be enough to recharge your batteries. If you're in need of ideas to help you improve your self-care take a few of my tips to mind. 

Get Ready for The Day: Do this while your kids are awake or asleep it doesn't matter, but do it. Make yourself feel pretty. When I first became a mom I found how important this was for my sanity. I needed to feel human, and for me, feeling human meant that I needed to be ready for the day. Make it a routine and see how much better you feel. 

Go Out With Friends: Finding time out of the house -without your kids- it something that every mom needs. A moment to step away from the stress and the business, and to focus on yourself. I love having froyo nights with my girlfriends -who are also moms so they totally know what I am going through. Just finding time to be yourself again, who you were before you had kids, is a good thing. Finding those nice moments where you don't have to worry if your toddler will throw a tantrum or if your baby will have explosive diarrhea. 

Organize Your Time: I have a planner and a journal. My planner helps me remember the things I am making for dinner and it also helps me remember what my "chore" is for that day -not that I always get to it. My journal is my to do list. I make a list weekly/when-I-remember-to-write-something-down-that-I-need-to-do. It helps me remember the things that I would like to accomplish that week and helps me stay organized. If one thing is certain, we all know that mom brain is real and we can only remember so much in our lives.
Live Healthily: Drink water and feed your body good food. You deserve it. You work hard all day and you and your body deserve to be healthy. Sure you will often find me snacking on junk food -see above pictures- and eating way too much chocolate, but my body always feels better when I eat something healthy. This also goes for drinking water. I love water. It's so good for your body and really helps give you energy. Did you also know that drinking water can help you lose weight?!

Decompress When the Day is Over: Before you go to bed find some time to just sit back and relax. Maybe watch a favorite show, read the new book you borrowed from the library. Do this every day for yourself and for your kids. give yourself some time to just veg. If the laundry is piling up don't worry about it, it will be there tomorrow. And tomorrow, when you tackle it, you'll be happy you took care of yourself first.
What are your favorite ways to take care of yourself as a mom? In what ways have you seen a change in your life/children's lives when you take care of yourself first?

I challenge you all to find time every day to take care of you and to make you a priority for once, not in a selfish way, but in a way that makes you feel ready to tackle your day.


Wednesday, May 03, 2017

Fun Summer Activities to do With Your Toddler

Fun Summer Activities to do With Your Toddler
Create a Master Piece with Contact Paper - Cut out a big or small piece of contact paper (ours was kind of little) and tape it to the wall. Gather random supplies throughout the house that you can use to stick to the contact paper. We used tissue paper, googly eyes, buttons, string, and pom poms. Hazel loved creating and sticking everything to the wall.  Super easy, and it doesn't leave a mess.

Fun Summer Activities to do With Your Toddler
Car TapeThis car tape is something I would have loved when I was a kid. It's easy to apply, easy to remove, and doesn't leave a residue when you clean it up. I love that you can make the roads go where ever you want, you can make a neighborhood, you can make a city. It's so fun to have your little one's imagination run wild with it. We also set up a farm house and some farm animals on the side of the car tape, Hazel really loved that!

Fun Summer Activities to do With Your Toddler
Fun Summer Activities to do With Your Toddler
Play with Paint - Hazel had a blast painting with the washable kid's paint we found at Hobby Lobby. We turned it into a learning activity and made the letter "A" out of contact paper. When she tried painting the letter it wouldn't stick/stay so you could see the letter's outline. We talked about different words that begin with "A" and people's names, trying to find familiar things to get her to recognize letter "A". You can also use q-tips to paint, again turning this into a learning activity and she wrote a bunch of "H's". 

Fun Summer Activities to do With Your Toddler
Playdoh, Noodles, and Pipe Cleaner - This is so good for developing hand-eye coordination, and Hazel really enjoys it. It's fun seeing her focus on putting each noodle on the pipe cleaner. Also a great non-messy activity, as long as you can trust your toddler with playdoh.
Fun Summer Activities to do With Your Toddler
Shape Hop or Color Hop - Great when teaching your child colors and shapes. Just cut out some shapes, or just squares of different colors, and have them jump to the color you tell them to. 
Fun Summer Activities to do With Your Toddler
Bake With Them - Hazel loves helping me cook and bake. Find something super easy to create, muffins or cookies, have them help you pour in the ingredients and put the muffin tins/cookies on the pan. 
Fun Summer Activities to do With Your Toddler
Sort Toys by Color - Find colored buckets and toys that are the same color as the buckets from around your house. Have your toddler sort the toys into the right color bucket. We bought these colored bears last year and have used them quite a bit. We use them for color recognition, counting, sorting, and pattern making. 
Fun Summer Activities to do With Your Toddler
Cereal Sorting - Purchase cereal (we bought Fruit Loops) and create a mat with colored circles. Give your toddler a bowl full of the cereal and have them sort the colors. You can also make it more interesting by having your toddler use tweezers to pick up and place the cereal on the correct colored circle. If your toddler is being extra sweet you cal also use m&m's or skittles. 
Fun Summer Activities to do With Your Toddler


Friday, April 28, 2017

The Strawberry Inn, Strawberry AZ

Last weekend we packed our bags and headed for the high country, Strawberry, Arizona. Twenty degrees cooler and surrounded by beautiful pine-filled mountains. With summer quickly approaching this new found destination quickly became a new go-to for us.

We stayed at The Strawberry Inn, right in the heart of Strawberry. It was the most perfect little Inn, so quite, and so beautifully decorated. The recently renovated Inn had me feeling like I was sleeping in a model home - It was so clean with no signs of anyone else ever staying there. I'm also convinced that Joanna Gaines herself decorated the place, the shiplap walls, the neutral color scheme, and the simplistic charm all bundled up into a beautiful place to sleep. 

There are quite a few things to do while you are up in the area and they have some of the most delicious restaurants, some of which we've been dreaming of since we left. Our favorite places to hike were the Mogollon Rim, and Tonto National Bridge, there is so much nature to explore and we were right in the middle of it. 

The night we stayed, we were getting ready for bed and Hazel all of a sudden got super hyper, like jumping from bed to bed, giggling like crazy, hyper. We then soon realized that we had never really gone on a vacation with her -that she could remember anyways- and staying overnight anywhere but home in the same room as mom and dad must have seemed too exciting for her.  Her laughter and high energy was all too fun to witness, she was eager and ready to watch tv with us while falling asleep -we knew that would never happen. 
If you're a Phoenix dweller, traveling through Arizona, or if you're looking for a cute little town to visit and maybe call your new get-away, stay a while at The Strawberry Inn. You'll find beautiful mountains to hike, historical sites to visit, and the greatest food to eat, plus you'll escape all that Phoenix heat!

When you book with The Strawberry Inn use code #dawson!10 to get 10% off your stay now through the end of they year. If you're headed up to Strawberry and looking for things to do, and places to eat I'd love to give you recommendations.

Happy traveling.



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