Thoughts on Bedtime and The Return to School

Well, hello there last weekend of summer.  You certainly came in like a tidal wave and we’re busy soaking in every possible last bit.  While the focus should shift to the transitional changes that make the ease back to the academic shuffle smoother, I suppose we’ve been doing the exact opposite.  Fun has certainly been had – and when the fall breezes permanently set in, we’ll have memories of many joyful beach days and little ones staying up way past their bedtimes.

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That said, sleep is the magical key to the well-adjustment of the littles and bigs in our family.  And I imagine that we’ll be playing catch up for quite a while to make those 8 am school-start times as easy as possible.  Clearly, as the leader of the pack, I need to practice what I preach and am committed to shifting back my own bedtime this week.  If I’m up before the rest, to enjoy coffee and morning solitude and tackle the dual lunch boxes and snacks, I’m all the better for it.

As many of you know, products are often introduced to us via this website and only the ones that are a good fit are shared here.  Many of the HEALTHY ESSENTIALS®  products that have been sent to me since working with Johnson & Johnson quickly became my morning favorites.  From NEUTROGENA® Oil Free Acne Wash in Pink Grapefruit to LISTERINE® HEALTHY WHITE™ GENTLE Rinse – I’m able to restock on these refreshing products at my local drug store.

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Best of luck with the return to school!

This post is part of the HEALTHY ESSENTIALS® 2014 program by Johnson & Johnson Consumer Companies, Inc. and The Motherhood, who sent me a box of products and compensated me for my time.  Opinions as always are my own.


Valentine’s Ready

Motherhood continually proves that the little things bring joy.  Fleeting moments of in-my-face wake-up smiles and handmade “Valetimes” tucked under pillows will perpetually make my heart melt.  As will those stolen moments of time to reconnect with my husband.  Even if our special date night doesn’t coincide with the standard love day.

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I’m a big believer in doing little things to make myself feel good.  Presenting my best self on the outside can help transform my attitude when inward stressors are present.  I’ll never believe that a woman’s self worth can be found in a make-up isle, but I will continue to covet my magic wands of mascara and the pop of color (and spirit lifting!) that the perfect lippy can bring.

I recently tested out NEUTROGENA’s® MoistureSmooth Color Stick and Healthy Volume® Mascara, and they’ve helped me achieve that put-together glam feeling, for a quick run to school pick-up or a special date sans kiddos.

The HEALTHY ESSENTIALS® program is offering great printable coupons (including $1 off any NEUTROGENA® Cosmetics product), tips, tools and much more.  Significant savings can be found on the HEALTHY ESSENTIALS® website this month and by signing up for extra-sweet HEALTHY ESSENTIALS® coupons and offers.

Happy Love Day everyone!

This post is part of the HEALTHY ESSENTIALS® 2014 program by Johnson & Johnson Consumer Companies, Inc. and The Motherhood, who sent me a box of products and compensated me for my time. As always, opinions are all my own.