Did you hear that? That was the entire family shouting with joy. Why are we shouting? You will need to watch our latest vlog as we share big news in L’s eosinophilic esophagitis journey!
I gave up soda a little over a year ago. I only drink a cup of coffee in the mornings, water throughout the day, and a cup of hot tea at 3:00 p.m. You are probably scratching your head about the 3:00 tea time. This is a time that I look forward to each day while I am at work. My bestie, Nan from AMomBlog.com, lives many states away from me so our 3:00 tea time is a way for us to stay connected. We lift up our mugs to our google chats and give a virtual cheer/toast. It’s great.
Back to the subject at hand, my new water bottle. This water bottle travels every where with me. I do not leave the house without it. It is stuck with me for life. The bottle is this good, friends.
My coworker showed me her corkcicle and I started drooling. Not really, but you get the point. She had me at first look. The bottle was immediately fast tracked to the top of my wish list. Luckily, my husband was paying attention and told me to go pick out my Christmas present. My first stop was our local Hallmark to purchase a corkcicle bottle. This turquoise color had me all goo gaa, but alas I couldn’t use the bottle right away. The bottle was wrapped and put under the Christmas tree. We roll in our family by buying our own presents. At least you know you will always love your present. Ever since I locked lips with this bottle, we have been best friends forever.
My water stays cold and ice will even stay in the bottle for over 25 hours. This I know because I put the bottle to a test the day after Christmas. It’s a great bottle and I highly recommend it as well to encourage you to drink the recommended daily water intake. You can put hot beverages in the bottle. My personality requires a bottle for my water and a bottle for my coffee. No mixing bottles allowed so therefore I cannot comment on hot beverages in the corkcicle.
Go ahead and take a peek at their products on the Corkcicle website. You never know, you may find a color that you fall for fast.
We are on the road several times a month to Children’s Hospital for L’s doctor appointments. There are many times that we have to leave early in the morning in order to be there on time for our 8:00am appointment. We were delighted to test drive the 2017 Toyota Sienna on one of our recent clinic days. Check out which feature was M and L’s favorite!
This will be my view in a year. My oldest daughter will be driving the highways. How is this possible? You can imagine the worries that are already settling into my brain. Did you know there are over ten million teenage drivers in the United States? It’s okay, don’t panic! But with so many new drivers on the road, it is critical that we encourage our kids to make the right choices any time they get behind the wheel.
With Teen Driver Safety Week taking place this week, Growth Energy has a few tips for teens – and their parents – to encourage smart, safe choices before hitting the road.
Buckle Up: Buckling up saves lives, it is that simple. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration recognizes that seatbelts reduce the risk of fatal injury to front-seat passengers in cars by 45 percent and light-truck occupants by 60 percent. Since 1975, buckling up has saved an estimated 255,000 lives. Unfortunately, teens are least likely to use a seatbelt compared with other age groups. We should remind our kids that a simple act that takes two seconds to complete can have profound consequences.
Avoid Distractions: According to the Pew Research Center, over 80 percent of 16 and 17 year olds have cell phones, most texting a mile a minute. And half of teenagers say they’ve been in a car while the driver was actively texting. It is not a surprise then to learn that ten percent of all fatal wrecks with teen drivers were a result of distracted driving. Remind your teen that they need to put the phones down and focus on the road. Keeping the number of passengers in the car to a minimum is also valuable advice.
Maintain a Safe Car: National Teen Driver Safety Week falls right in the middle of Fall Car Care Month. This is a good reminder that vehicle maintenance is a necessary chore. Be sure your teen knows when to change their oil, check tire pressure and schedule regular maintenance. All these things will help keep your teen’s car running optimally and safely.
Fuel Choice: Drivers today have more fuel options than ever before. Teen drivers who drive 21st century vehicles should consider a modern fuel option – E15. This fuel option is 15 percent ethanol, up from the 10 percent ethanol blend found in E10 – the fuel most of us are already using in our vehicles. Although drivers have been using E10 for years, the additional benefits of E15 may be news to many:
– Lower-cost: Teens on a budget (and moms!) are always looking to save a buck. Ethanol lowers the cost of gasoline, and choosing E15 will keep more money in their wallets.
– Environmentally-conscious: Many teenagers care deeply about the wellbeing of the environment. After all, they’re going to be dealing with the effects of global warming and pollution for decades to come. Ethanol is a homegrown, eco-friendly biofuel that reduces greenhouse gas emissions and replaces toxic alternatives which have been proven to cause cancer and smog. Using E15 will help make the air we breathe cleaner and healthier for generations to come.
– Good for their car: E15 is a modern fuel that is a high-performance option for any car made since 2000. It runs cooler and causes less wear and tear on expensive engine parts.
To find the closest E15 station, you and your teen can visit www.GetEthanol.com and begin to take advantage of this next generation fuel today!
Disclosure: This is a sponsored post. This is a topic we feel passionate about. All thoughts and opinions are of our own.
I’m just going to say it. It is hard to spend money on myself. Normally, the extra spending each month goes towards doctor visits or my girls. Paying doctors and meeting my daughters needs are my top priorities, so it is very rare that I will buy something just for me. My husband came home about a week ago, and said he was in our local Belk’s store and noticed a brown purse. The purse that has been my sidekick for the last year started to fall apart but it was still usable. Since I am very frugal, I told my husband that I couldn’t imagine paying $50 for a purse. Let’s wait till Black Friday and maybe it would have a big discount.
When I was waiting on my daughter to get out of dance class, I strolled through Belk and laid eyes on the purse. Immediately, my heart was with the purse. As time goes by, I decide to walk away. $50 on sale is a great deal, but $50 could purchase a lot of grocery items.
Fast forward two days and my husband and daughters meet me in the living room when I come in from work. All three have giant smiles across their faces. What did they pull off? Their money was pulled together along with two coupons and the much-wanted purse was purchased for a total of $33. You can imagine my face when the family presented me with this huge surprise. My oldest daughter said, now you do not have to worry about trying to find room for all of L’s medicine. Bless her heart! My family pulled off a huge surprise and I am extremely grateful.
Check out this beautiful Nine West purse!