On Bravery in Motherhood

Nearly every single day, I watch my children push themselves physically.  Up the scaffolding bars, off the furniture, onto the exterior side of the playground equipment.  Every jump, climb, maneuver and sprint often feel like a new risk – and with every kissed boo-boo is a lesson in mothering.

My children are continuing to learn about bravery.

So am I.  

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I’m still working on suppressing the inner helicopter and instinctively muttering the truly unhelpful “BE CAREFUL!!” – because there’s nothing greater than seeing budding resilience and earned sense of confidence with each accomplishment.  I  hope that my kids are learning that it’s OK to fall and make mistakes.  And it’s OK to not get it on the first few tries.

I’ve learned that if I don’t make a fuss over minor mishaps my children are more inclined to follow suit.  And if I’m prepared with essential first aid items, the return to play is that much quicker.

Summertime has a way of reminding me to beef up my summer-preparedness supply and I’m happy to continue my work with HEALTHY ESSENTIALS® because they understand the importance of offering significant savings on products that should be in every parents’ arsenal.  From sunblock, to Neosporin, tough strips  band-aids and oral health supplies.  HEALTHY ESSENTIALS® has the whole family’s summer-product needs covered with printable coupons, tips, tools and more.  Save more than $45 by visiting http://www.HealthyEssentials.com in June and July.

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.


Healthy Essentials In The New Year

For many of us, the New Year marks a time of fresh starts and resolutions.  Among other things, I’m striving to live a more organized life. I rarely stock up on essentials and typically purchase products as needed.  I’m hoping to cut down on those unexpected runs to the store because someone needs a band-aid and save money by researching sales.  To help families like my own streamline healthy resolutions in the New Year, HEALTHY ESSENTIALS® is offering significant savings, printable coupons and various helpful tips and tools.  To take advantage of these savings simply visit www.HealthyEssentials.com to save well over $45 this month and obtain future coupons and offers on items including kids & baby products, pain and allergy relievers and products addressing dietary and digestive health.

Johnson & Johnson Healthy Essentials

I hope that you will also join me and Johnson & Johnson Family of Consumer Companies for a Twitter party discussing HEALTHY ESSENTIALS® in the New Year, family wellness, resolutions and effective ways to save on healthy products for the whole family.  There will be 15 prizes randomly awarded throughout the party, from all eligible correct responses.  Each prize includes an assortment of Johnson & Johnson Family of Consumer Companies HEALTHY ESSENTIALS® products with an estimated retail value of $50.  Details are below:

Healthy Essentials Twitter Party:

Date: Tuesday, January 14, 1 p.m. ET

Hashtag: #Moms4JNJConsumer

Prize Eligibility: No purchase necessary. Entrants must be legal residents of the 50 United States + D.C. 18 years of age or older. Void where prohibited.

Hosts: @theMotherhood, @CooperMunroe, @EmilyMcKhann, @TheMotherhood25 and co-host @MarinoBambinos

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Johnson & Johnson

This post is part of the Healthy Essentials® 2014 program by Johnson & Johnson Family of Consumer Companies, Inc. and The Motherhood – who sent me products and compensated me for my time. As always, opinions, experiences and photos are my own.