Spring Activity Ideas for Kids and Families

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Spring and fall are my favorite seasons of the year so I am super excited that the spring has officially arrived. After the super cold winter we had, I honestly thought it would never get here! It’s so nice to hear the birds chirping again and to see the Dogwood trees blooming in Georgia! To celebrate, I’ve put together a list of ten of our favorite spring-inspired activities for kids and families.

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1. Go on a nature walk at the park. Name the flowers that you see blooming. Observe the animals. Feed the ducks.

2. Celebrate Earth Day of April 22nd. Teach your kids the importance of being kind to our environment.

3. Make rain in a jar. This is such a cool project that teaches kids the science of rain.

4. Fly a kite. This is the perfect time of the year to fly a kite. It’s so much fun for the whole family!

5. Go camping. This is by far one of our family’s favorite activities in the spring and fall. It is the perfect way to experience nature and bond as a family away from the tv, iPhones and video games.

6. Plant a garden or start small with these DIY Strawberry Planters.

7. Speaking of strawberries – go strawberry picking at a pick your own farm and then make your own jam.

8. Make an Egghead Planter. Kids love these!

9. Coffee Filter Butterflies are so fun for kids to make!

10. Make homemade popsicles. Healthy and delicious!

It’s important to keep your family healthy so that you can actually enjoy all of the fun spring and summer activities! But if your little ones get sick, it pays off to be prepared. One of our go-to medicines anytime either Lucas or Amelia get the sniffles is PediaCare® Gentle Vapors® Plug-In Unit.

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It fills the room with non-medicated vapor that helps soothe stuffed up noses and coughs. It contains a blend of aromatic ingredients, including menthol, eucalyptus, camphor, lavender and chamomile. It smells lovely and works for us every time. Love! For additional information, make sure to visit PediaCare.com and check out their blog, which has helpful articles like How To Treat Your Child’s Fever – lifesaver for a first time parent or any parent who needs a refresher!

Ten Ways To Lower Stress During the Holidays

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The holidays are my favorite time of the year. There’s so much to love! I love the baking, the twinkling lights, the chill in the air, the spirit of giving, Christmas music, and all of the fun events.

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But…there is a downside to the holidays. There are parties to plan, events to attend, travel arrangements to be made, packing, traffic, overcrowded malls, blown holiday shopping budgets, and more. It really can be a stressful time too. There is so much to do and so much going on – it can take a toll on your energy and state-of-mind. So, here are a few tips to hopefully help you lower your stress this holiday season…

Ten Ways To Lower Stress During the Holidays

1. Prioritize. Decide what is important to you and your family this holiday season and stick to those types of activities and events.

2. Don’t overcommit yourself. Learn to say no! It really is OK to say no!

3. Plan ahead. This includes travel, events, shopping lists, etc. I find that when I plan ahead and am prepared, I am not as stressed.

4. Spend time with your loved ones. This is the reason for the season, right?

5. To reduce financial stress, plan out a holiday shopping budget and stick to it. The holidays are not about gifts – there are other ways to give than material things.

6. Enlist help. Ask your kids and husband to help with wrapping gifts, cleaning the house for company, packing for the holiday trip, etc.

7. Do something for YOU. Spend some time this holiday season doing something nice for yourself. It could be a manicure, some quiet time reading a book…whatever makes you happy.

8. Give back. I find that anytime that I volunteer and give back to our community, I always feel uplifted. This is a perfect time to involve the whole family!

9. Let go. What I mean is that the holidays are not about having the perfect menu or holiday decorations or Christmas tree so … just let go and have fun!

10. Stay healthy. During the holiday season, it’s easy to skip exercise, get less sleep, etc. It’s important to keep both ourselves and our kids healthy so that they can actually enjoy the holidays! But, if your children do get sick, try PediaCare Children’s Fever Reducer Plus Multi-Symptom Cold With Acetaminophen for kids ages 4-11. It takes care of fever, sore throat, sneezing, runny nose, cough, and stuffy nose – pretty much everything!

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Make sure to check out the “Squeezable Moments” sweepstakes! Parents can upload a photo via PediaCare’s Facebook page of a “cute, tender or silly moment” of their child for chance to win an iPad mini.

And, check out the video below!

Squeezable Moments: Squeeze Away the Fever!

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I’m thrilled to announce my partnership with PediaCare. Over the next six months, I will be sharing lots of healthy living tips for families and children along with other fun ideas such as travel tips, rainy or sick day activities, and more. Up first, I’ve been tasked with sharing “Squeezable Moments”.

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As a mom and parent, we experience so many squeezable moments with our children. It’s one of the best parts of being a parent! All of those cuddles! The most excrutiating squeezable moments though are when our babies are sick. Thankfully, Amelia hasn’t been sick yet (knock on wood), but Lucas has asthma and allergies and the poor kid gets bronchitis at the drop of a dime. I’ll never forget the first time he was sick when he was a little baby. He had a really high fever and was miserable. You know who else was miserable? Mommy and daddy. Oh my goodness…Mike and I couldn’t even think. It was like the world stopped when he was sick (it still does). I swear my mind doesn’t work correctly either. It’s all the worry and stress. It doesn’t allow me to think clearly.

Lucas sick with a cold and fever.

Lucas sick with a cold and fever.

The truth is that even now that Lucas is 6 years old, I still don’t think clearly when he is sick. Both Mike and I are like that. Every cough, every sniffle feels like a dagger to my heart. That’s why I love the new PediaCare Single Dose Acetaminophen Fever Reducer/Pain Reliever. These are REALLY cool and convenient and…I don’t have to THINK.

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Basically, they are pre-measured acetaminophen product packaged in individual, squeezable packets. What does this mean for YOU? Peace of mind. Peace of mind that you’re giving your child the right amount of medicine. It’s a simple, no-brainer way of giving your child the accurate medicine dose every single time. This product is truly genius! These are perfect for every day use, but also extremely convenient for travel or to have in your diaper bag. LOVE! It’s squezable moments made simple!

Enter to Win and iPad Mini!

Make sure to check out the “Squeezable Moments” sweepstakes! Parents can upload a photo via PediaCare’s Facebook page of a “cute, tender or silly moment” of their child for chance to win an iPad mini.

All entries must be submitted at or after 9:00 AM EDT on November 11th, 2013 and must be received by the Administrator by no later than 11:59 PM EDT on December 9th 2013 (the “Sweepstakes #3 Entry Period”). The winner of Sweepstakes will be announced on or about December 12th 2013. Good luck!