Pedialyte Uses For When They Aren’t Sick

Disclosure:I have been compensated by Pedialyte for this post; however, I am sharing my own thoughts. All opinions are my own.

Moms know Pedialyte is great when the kids are sick, but did you know that it can be used to keep your kids hydrated in the heat and after exercise? Get it in liquid, powder packs and freezer pops, making it easy to rehydrate at home or on the go.

Pedialyte. If you have kids, chances are you know what it is and why every mom has it in her Super Mom belt. Moms love it because its the #1 pediatrician-recommended oral electrolyte solution AND the #1 pharmacist recommended brand for hydration. Moms also love it because it works. Kids love it because it tastes good.

When the kids are sick, I always grab some Pedialyte because it has the balance of sugar and sodium to prevent dehydration due to vomiting and diarrhea in children (and adults.) I know when we were kids that my mom always got us a citrusy soda to help our tummies, but things like sports drinks, juice, and soda are too high in sugar and too low in sodium, which is an important electrolyte lost due to diarrhea and vomiting.

Pedialyte Uses For When They Aren’t Sick

Moms know Pedialyte is great when the kids are sick, but did you know that it can be used to keep your kids hydrated in the heat and after exercise? Get it in liquid, powder packs and freezer pops, making it easy to rehydrate at home or on the go.

Did you know that there are lots of other times that Pedialyte can come in handy, too! You may have never thought about it, but Pedialyte fights dehydration not only when they’re sick, but also after exercise, too much heat or time outside, and when you’re traveling.

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Living in So Cal, we spend a lot of time outdoors. And in the summer, it gets HOT! We spend time at the pool, in Palm Springs, on the river in Parker, AZ, and the kids play outside in their bathing suits all summer long. One way to keep them hydrated throughout the day is with Pedialyte.

Moms know Pedialyte is great when the kids are sick, but did you know that it can be used to keep your kids hydrated in the heat and after exercise? Get it in liquid, powder packs and freezer pops, making it easy to rehydrate at home or on the go.

Pedialyte isn’t just sold in 1 liter bottles – it’s also available in liquid, powder packs and freezer pops, making it easy to rehydrate at home or on the go.

Moms know Pedialyte is great when the kids are sick, but did you know that it can be used to keep your kids hydrated in the heat and after exercise? Get it in liquid, powder packs and freezer pops, making it easy to rehydrate at home or on the go.

When we are at home and they’re out playing, they like the Freezer Pops. When we go to the river where we spend all day on the boat, I always bring the powder packs which can easily be added to cold water.

Moms know Pedialyte is great when the kids are sick, but did you know that it can be used to keep your kids hydrated in the heat and after exercise? Get it in liquid, powder packs and freezer pops, making it easy to rehydrate at home or on the go.

If you’re a new mom or not sure where to find Pedialyte, you’ll always find it in the baby section at Walmart. You can’t miss it; just look for the rainbow of colors!

Want to save $2 on Pedialyte? Stock up now and get $2.00 off any 2 one-liter bottles!

Moms know Pedialyte is great when the kids are sick, but did you know that it can be used to keep your kids hydrated in the heat and after exercise? Get it in liquid, powder packs and freezer pops, making it easy to rehydrate at home or on the go.

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Foster Care and Aspiranet

It’s rare that I have anybody other than bloggers guest post here on my blog. I have to feel very passionate about something to allow a brand or business to share their own words. When Aspiranet reached out to me about helping them spread the word about foster care for older youth, my heart hurt when I realized how many older kids don’t have families, a hot meal, love, or a place to call home.

If you are or have ever considered helping a child through foster care, please take a few minutes to read what Aspiranet wants us to know about foster care for older kids. And please help spread the word!

Information about Aspiranet extending transitional foster care services to eligible youth between 18 and 21 years of age.

 

Foster Care and Aspiranet

When you hear the word foster care what image comes to mind? For most, it’s usually babies and young children who are in need of homes. While that is true for some of the 62,000 children in foster care in California, several thousand youth who enter the foster care system are teens, or begin as a young child and never become adopted before turning 18 when they “age out” of the system.

Like young children, teenage foster youth are also in need of loving families, a roof over their heads, stability and mentors who can guide them through their transition into adulthood. Most young adults have parents who will support them during this time in their lives, whether it is helping them open a checking account, applying for their first job, or driving them off to college with a car full of necessities. However, for many in foster care, the scenario can be dramatically different.

In California, about 5,000 foster youth turn 18 each year, thereby marking a transition in which they must begin to prepare to leave the foster care system by age 21 with full self-sufficiency. Studies have shown that this group of young adults is faced with greater risk of unemployment, homelessness, unplanned pregnancies, mental illness, and involvement with the criminal justice system. Aspiranet, a leading human services agency of California for more than 40 years, understands that most 18-21 year olds are not ready to fully live on their own. Many young adults continue to need support after leaving foster care, particularly around housing.

Thankfully, since the passage of AB 12, The California Fostering Connections to Success Act, which was signed in 2010, Aspiranet and other agencies are now able to extend transitional foster care services to eligible youth between 18 and 21 years of age. According to a John Burton Foundation 2015 report, the Transitional Housing Placement Plus Foster Care (THP + FC) Program was created through the passage of AB-12, providing participants with safe, affordable housing and supportive services, as well as court oversight and child welfare supervision. Since the program was introduced in 2012, 52 counties in California now offer THP+FC services for youth, providing care for more than 1,400 to date.

Information about Aspiranet extending transitional foster care services to eligible youth between 18 and 21 years of age.

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Aspiranet has long been a proponent of transitional foster care and is dedicated to providing foster youth with a continuum of programs and services so that they can enter adulthood armed with the skills and confidence they need to succeed. Through Aspiranet’s Extended Foster Care and THP-Plus Foster Care Programs, this innovative human services agency is able to give foster youth a bridge of support and the platform they need to fulfill their educational and professional goals.

The program provides transitional age youth throughout California with a safe living environment with the option to live in a foster home that promotes independent living for young adults, or in an apartment with supervision and support. In addition, young adults in the program also receive services to provide for basic needs, emotional support, job attainment and education goals.

“As a provider of Transitional Age Youth Services, the funding we receive allows us to meet the basic needs of foster youth,” explains Jeannie Imelio, Executive Director for Aspiranet. “However, Aspiranet is always in need of foster parents to serve as mentors to young adults, or donations from the public, such as new or lightly used furniture and household items to further provide enriched opportunities. Additional support from the public helps to create a warm, safe, and well-equipped space for them to start their adult life.”

Take the first step to creating a lifelong connection with a foster child. Talk with one of our family recruiters at 877.380.4376 or visit AspiranetHeroes.org.

This post was written in partnership with Aspiranet. All opinions and ideas expressed are my own.

#ReadItForward with The UPS Store!

This post is in partnership with The UPS Store supporting the #ReadItForward program. All opinions expressed are my own.

We are a family of fanatical readers: you’ll find Ethan curled up in his bed with a book and Lila and Mia are always asking me to read them a story. And of course as soon as the kids go to bed, I’m opening up a book. We love being able to visit different worlds and live different lives through the magic of storytelling. Which is exactly why I’m excited to tell you about #ReadItForward and what The UPS Store is doing so that everybody can read!

Share your favorite children's book with the hashtag #ReadItForward to support children's literacy with The UPS Store and Toys for Tots! Learn more.

We all have favorite books, right? I’ll read anything and everything written by Lisa See, Stephen King, and a few others, but there are some books that will stay with me forever. Books from my childhood like Where the Sidewalk Ends, and all of the Little House on the Prairie books. Books that I can’t wait to read with my kids.

Why #ReadItForward?

Share your favorite children's book with the hashtag #ReadItForward to support children's literacy with The UPS Store and Toys for Tots! Learn more.

Watching Ethan read some of his favorite stories like Love You When You Whine to the girls makes my heart melt! The gift of a book is a gift every child should have, and The UPS Store is making that possible.

Did you know The UPS Store has been getting books to underprivileged children since 2008 with their partnership with Toys for Tots? Every year they have a holiday donation drive to collect loose change and sell donation cards at their 4500 stores, and 100% of which goes to buy books for children who don’t have them. Since starting, they’ve raised more than $3 million and each year distribute nearly 5 million books.

Share your favorite children's book with the hashtag #ReadItForward to support children's literacy with The UPS Store and Toys for Tots! Learn more.

I don’t know how I didn’t know this before, but now that I do I’ll be supporting the program every year. And even if you can’t afford to donate a book, you can still support them too! All you have to do is share their favorite children’s book (either a picture or chapter book) on social media along with the hashtag #ReadItForward. And when you do that, they’ll donate a dollar….until they reach $50,000!

And you don’t have to do anything fancy. Take a photo of the cover and tweet it with the hashtag #ReadItForward. Share a selfie with their favorite children’s book on Instagram. Share a list of your favorite book titles on Facebook.  Just remember to use the hashtag #ReadItForward.

Share your favorite children's book with the hashtag #ReadItForward to support children's literacy with The UPS Store and Toys for Tots! Learn more.

So let’s see your favorite books! It’s for such a good cause and so easy to do. Get your kids involved too! And don’t forget to tag The UPS Store here:o

Even if you’re not active on social media, you can still help by donating directly here.

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Halloween Safety Tips For Keeping The Kids Safe While Trick-Or-Treating

The countdown to Halloween night is on! The kids are bugging me relentlessly about “how many more days” there are until they get to trick-or-treat. And while it’s fun to see ghosts and goblins and fairies and princesses running around asking for candy, it also can be a dangerous time. I mean think about it, you never know who’s door your knocking on or what kind of people you may cross paths with.

Halloween Safety Tips

I don’t normally take unsolicited guest posts, but when Crime Wire asked if I’d be interested in sharing this infographic with Halloween safety tips, I decided to take a look. And it’s got a ton of great information on it, so I thought it would be helpful to pass it along to you, too.

Do you take to your children about Halloween safety? We always trick-or-treat with the kids, and of course tell them not to run into the street, not to go to houses that don’t have lights on, etc. But there’s more to it than that, and these Halloween safety tips are a good place to start.

Trick-or-treating is a fun time, but can also be dangerous. Keep your kids safe by sharing these Halloween safety tips with them and by being involved.

You’ll also find additional Halloween safety tips here. What tips would you add?

Looking for some Halloween inspiration? You’ll find tricks and treats on my Halloween board on Pinterest.

Get Your Kids Healthy & Active With Fuel Up to Play 60!

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Disclaimer: This is a sponsored post written by me on behalf of California Milk Advisory Board. All opinions expressed are mine.

Are your kids active? Do they make healthy food choices? Learn more about the Fuel Up To Play 60 initiative, which encourages kids to learn healthy living!

 

When we were kids, we came home from school, grabbed a snack and did homework, and immediately ran outside to play. We biked and played chase and walked all over the place. It’s not that way anymore. Nowadays the kids come home and get on the computer or tablet. They don’t want to go outside! But with Fuel Up To Play 60, they’ll learn how fun playing outside…away from gadgets…can be.

Fuel Up To Play 60

Fueled (see what I did there?) by The California Milk Advisory Board (CMAB), which represents California’s more than 1,500 dairy families, Fuel Up To Play 60 empowers students in California to take action to improve nutrition and physical activity at their school and for their own health. It was created by the National Dairy Council® (NDC) and the National Football League, in collaboration with the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA).

Are your kids active? Do they make healthy food choices? Learn how the California Milk Advisory Boards supports the Fuel Up To Play 60 initiative, which encourages kids to learn healthy living!

It’s also the nation’s largest in-school wellness program creating real transformational change in more than 73,000 schools nationwide! That’s so impressive and shows how well this initiative works.

So what’s it all about? It encourages youth to consume a healthy diet, one full of  low-fat and fat-free dairy products, fruits, vegetables, lean meats and whole grains while also getting outdoors to get at least 60 minutes of physical activity every day. The goal is to get kids to want to implement positive, lasting changes for themselves and their schools andinspiring their friends to do the same.

Sounds great, right? I bet you’re wondering if your California school is involved. Schools that would like to apply to receive funding can apply for a grant of up to $4,000 during the school year. Also, funding eligibility for the 2015-2016 school year is held through a competitive program designed to support schools that implement plays from the 2015-2016 edition of the Fuel Up to Play 60 Playbook.

Fall 2015 Fuel Up To Play 60 grant applications are open to California K-12 schools interested in supporting health and wellness initiatives through November 4, 2015. For more information on Fuel Up to Play 60 and to sign up an eligible school, visit FuelUpToPlay60.com.

Are your kids active? Do they make healthy food choices? Learn more about the Fuel Up To Play 60 initiative, which encourages kids to learn healthy living!

Does the Fuel Up To Play 60 initiative work? As a result of the program, 38 million students are eating healthier diets and making healthier lifestyle decisions.

I’m a huge proponent of having kids help cook and take a part in meal preparation. They’re more apt to eat it if they make it. So I thought it would be fun to share a few of my kids’ favorite after school treats!

These Kid-Approved Crispy Kale Chips are the #1 most requested snack at the Hoage House.

Are your kids active? Do they make healthy food choices? Learn more about the Fuel Up To Play 60 initiative, which encourages kids to learn healthy living!

These Peanut Butter Apples are easy and the kids love to make their “apple pizzas.”

Are your kids active? Do they make healthy food choices? Learn more about the Fuel Up To Play 60 initiative, which encourages kids to learn healthy living!

And these Nut Free Chocolate Power Balls are a make-ahead treat the kids can grab and go, or are good for a breakfast-on-the-go, too!

Are your kids active? Do they make healthy food choices? Learn more about the Fuel Up To Play 60 initiative, which encourages kids to learn healthy living!

I also support our school, who is a participant in the Fuel Up To Play 60 initiative. This year, I headed up the Walk To School Day event to help show my support, as well as get the kids thinking about the importance of physical activity.

How do you get your kids to Fuel Up To Play 60? I’d love to hear about ways you get your kids excited to be active and eat healthy!

This is a sponsored post written by me on behalf of California Milk Advisory Board.