How to deal with sensitive skin and still enjoy summer

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My sweet little boy suffers from EXTREME eczema. We realized this early on as when he was only a month old he broke out in a dry rash all over his body. It was awful. Fast forward two plus years and I have learned that his eczema flairs up much worse in the summer. The first two summers we spent trying to figure out how he we could still get outside and enjoy the summer without him being in pain later from red, itchy skin. Now on our third summer I have discovered some tips and tricks that I would love to share with you all for any of your little ones suffering from sensitiveness skin. 

1. Dress appropriately.
If you have been following my blog for any amount of time you guys know we love to be outside. Whether we are at the lake, pool, beach, hiking, or just playing in the backyard we spend all the time we can outdoors. What I realized is whenever I would put sunscreen on our little guy he his eczema would get SO much worse. I have sense learned to apply sunscreen only when completely necessary and instead try to cover him in long sleeves when outdoors. They make awesome SPF proof long sleeve shirts that we wear all the time and SPF shorts as well. That paired with a hat greatly limits the amount of sunscreen we have to apply. 

2. The kind of sunscreen you wear matters.
Take it from me...I have tried every sunscreen on the market on my little guy and honestly the best luck I have found are the products that are made for sensitive skin. 

3. We ONLY use All Free Clear detergent. 
We made the mistake early of trying to use a different brand of detergent and our poor little guy broke out for weeks. Now we wash ALL our laundry (including dish rags, towels, etc. because yes he touches these too) with only all® Free Clear. Honestly I recommend this brand above any of the "baby detergents" you can find in the baby section. This brand is the #1 recommended detergent by dermatologists, allergists, and pediatricians and helps our family live free of skin allergens and sensitive skin worries. all® Free Clear was also awarded the Seal of Acceptance by the National Eczema Association for having no dyes, perfumes, certain chemicals, and irritating residues. You can find all® Free Clear at your local grocery store or shopping store. I most recently purchased mine at Kroger. 

4. Be sure to wash all new clothes before wearing them.
Another mistake I made early on was to put an outfit I had purchased on the little guy or me before washing it. I have learned not to do this. I now be sure to wash all my new clothes with all® Free Clear detergent and often, their dryer sheets, before wearing it. Even though my husband or I don't have sensitive skin we still need to wash all our clothes first so the fabric doesn't rub off on "E" while we are holding him causing him to break out.

5. Get out and have fun. 
Now that I have shared my tips and tricks don't be afraid to get out and play. HAVE FUN! Another great thing about all® Free Clear is that it is great at fighting stains and brightening colors. I never have to worry when we are outside getting dirty because I feel confident that all® Free Clear will do the trick. 

If you anyone in your family suffers from sensitive skin I encourage you to make the switch to all® Free Clear and join the all® Free Clear community to connect with parents just like you! 

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Our Disney Schedule + Best Rides/Shows to Fast Pass

By 4:17 PM , ,
As promised here is my second Disney post that includes our schedule for the week and the best rides and shows to Fastpass. 

Our first day, Sunday, was spent at Magic Kingdom. 
We arrived at the park at prior to opening to catch the 20 minutes prior to opening welcome show at the gate and literally closed the park down after the firework show and night parade.  Full day in the park and got to experience probably 80% of all the rides and shows. One of the biggest highlights was seeing Mickey in the theater (see him immediately when park opens and you will have a very short wait). We had lunch at Be Our Guest (highly recommend but you will need a reservation in advance). We ate dinner out of our backpacks and at quick service restaurants. 
Our favorites in Magic Kingdom include: Splash Mountain, Space Mountain, Be Our Guest Restaurant, Mickey's 4D Theater, Meeting Mickey at his Theater, Small World, Pirates, Haunted Mansion, Little Mermaid, Seven Dwarfs Mine Train, Peter Pan
The best rides to fastpass are: Seven Dwarfs Mine Train, Peter Pan, and Splash Mountain (during summer months)

Our second day, Monday, was spent at Animal Kingdom. 
We started the park an hour before opening thanks to Magic Hours and finished at closing. We then headed straight to Animal Kingdom Lodge for dinner at Boma. One of our all time favorites! The dinner is a buffet style that includes many delicious but good for you options. Our favorites shows were Finding Nemo and Lion King but I would recommend arriving early to both! 
The best rides/shows to Fastpass at Animal Kingdom: Kilimanjaro Safari, Water Ride, Expedition Everest

Our third day, Tuesday, was spent at Epcot. 
This park ended up being one of my favorite two parks tied with Magic Kingdom. We were there during Flower and Garden and it was simply beautiful. Ended up being some of the best food as well! 

Our favorites rides and things to at Epcot include: walking around and experiencing the lands, Nemo, Test Track, and tasting Coke. You can skip Ellen's ride...
The best ride to Fastpass is Test Track!

Our fourth day, Wednesday, was spent at Hollywood Studios. Our little guy loved the Toy Story ride and meeting the Disney Junior characters at this park. The fireworks show as also great. 

Best ride to Fastpass: Toy Story, Rock-n-Roll Rollercoaster, Tower of Terror

Our fifth AND sixth days we divided between Magic Kingdom and Epcot. Same highlights as above. 

All in all in was an amazing trip and I think a week is the perfect amount of time at Disney! 

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Mickey Mouse Clubhouse 2nd Birthday Party

By 9:26 PM , ,
Somehow, someway my baby is two...this has hit me hard. The fact that I have a FULL ON toddler and not a baby has weighed emotionally on me much more than I thought it would. This year for his second birthday we threw our little guy a Mickey Mouse Clubhouse party. He has loved this show since he was little and after meeting Mickey at Disney a couple months ago the Mickey party was an easy decision. Here are the highlights...

First things first (this is not sponsored) if you have not purchased the quick fill water balloon Shark Tank invention yet you NEED to. Seriously...I bought these for E's party for only $9 at Walmart and they were worth every. single. penny. They filled over 100 water balloons in a matter of minutes and the kids loved them. Plus it was fun to watch them fill up and tie off all on their own. Totally genius. O.k. now back to the party.

The only negative to the party was it was outside. We had about 50 people and my house does not fit 50 people comfortably. Little did I know it would be the hottest day of the year. Seriously, heat index of 104...we have some amazing friends and family for sticking it out. Unfortunately we forgot to take a single photo of mommy and daddy with the birthday boy but I did manage to take some photos the party before the guests arrived. This sign greeted guests as they walked up. 

My mom, aka our all star cake maker,
 made the Mickey cake and cupcakes. 

These Mickey faces were posted all over the garage door as decor. (This picture makes me laugh as you can see us blowing up the awesome water balloons in the background.)

The party was set up in stations so next was the hopscotch game on the driveway. 

Since we knew it would be a hot one (not 104 mind you but yes still hot) we setup water stations around for the kids to plan in and asked them to wear bathing suits. So water stations were next. Another hit to the party was batting a water balloon off the tee. The kids LOVED it! 

We setup all the outdoor games like corn hole and ladder golf for adults and kids alike and then had this toss the ball in the Mickey bucket head for kids. 

To drink we had Pluto's lemonade and LOTS of water bottles in buckets. 

Here are the goody bags. The were stuffed with lots of Mickey items. 

We started a tradition last year where each year we buy a book for our birthday kiddo that is themed birthday of whatever kid of party they have. We have all the guest sign the book so the birthday boy can have it as a reminder of who all was at his party. 
The food table. 

 Included Donald's Dots, Goofy Grapes, Pluto's Cheetos, and others. 

Water, pinata, and gift fun.

Color a Mickey station.
My mother-in-law made this awesome 'pin the pieces on Mickey' felt board game for the kiddos. 

All in all, despite the heat, it was an another awesome party! We are so thankful for our sweet 2 year old! He is such a blessing we thank God for every day! 

If you missed his 1st birthday which was a Curious George themed party be sure to check it out here

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Freshening up for Summer + Giveaway

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This post was sponsored by Vera Wang Fragrances as part of an Activation for Influence Central. I received complimentary products to facilitate my review.

I don't know about you guys but for me summer is a great time to refresh my style. I take the time in the summer to make sure my highlights are fresh, update my wardrobe, and get a fresh manicure and pedicure. This summer I decided to also "freshen up" my scent with Vera Wang Embrace Marigold and Gardenia fragrance from Kohl's. This dreamy fruity and floral fragrance is the newest fragrance in the Embrace Collection.  I absolutely love this fragrance and have gotten so many compliments on it when I wear it. It truly accomplishes it purpose of helping you feel beautiful and confident in your own skin and just makes you feel that much prettier. 

I also love the pale color of the perfume and pretty square bottle. My first antique collection (when I was 10) was actually antique perfume bottles so I can appreciate a pretty perfume bottle ;). I knew it was a winner when my husband asked me within five minutes of putting it on for the first time what I was wearing. Always a good sign ladies. The bottle is also the perfect size to travel with – lately I have carried it with me on all my work and vacation trips.

You can purchase this fragrance from Kohl's online or in store (ARV $29.99).  This fragrance would also make a great gift for all the guys for the lucky lady in your life. It’s fresh fragrance smells delightful without making it overpowering. Do yourself (and/or your significant other) a favor and purchase this fragrance to freshen up your own smell. Just don’t forget to count how many compliments you get…I dare you.  

I-C is hosting a contest for the Vera Wang Embrace fragrance collection pack through which your readers can enter for a chance to win one of ten fragrance kits (ARV $75). This includes all 4 of the following fragrances:

Green Tea & Pear Blosso
Rose & Vanilla 
Periwinkle & Iris 
Marigold & Gardenia 

Contest opens on June 20, 2016 and closes July 12, 2016 - Enter below to win! 

Vera Wang Embrace Fragrance Collections

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Avoiding the Oops & Making Life Easier

By 8:44 PM
This is a sponsored post for SheSpeaks/Walmart.

Who has ever been in the process of changing your baby's diaper and you go to reach for a diaper only to find out you are out of diapers? What. an. awful. feeling. THE WORST. Poor baby is cold and ready for a clean diaper and you are totally out of diapers. What do you do? If you are like me you ransack the diaper bag in hopes there is an extra nearby. Somewhere. Anywhere. There has to be! Hopefully you can say you have no idea what this feels like but chances are if you are a busy mom like me you have run out of an essential at one point or another. Even if it is not diapers you have gone to reach for that last roll of toilet paper or a paper towel only to find out that someone used the last one. No one likes that sinking feeling when you reach for something only to realize it's all gone. However, Chelsea to the rescue; I am here to help you "avoid the oops." 

Here is a photo of my latest order. 

One of the best ways I have found to avoid the oops moments is to keep stocked up on essentials by stocking up at As any mom knows when you have your trunk full of groceries and a toddler attached to your hip it can be tough carrying in large, bulky items that keep your hands full. (Much less the shopping process in and of itself, can you say ugh)! But what most shoppers don't realize is that they have hte option of shopping for the same great household essentials at Walmart's everyday low prices at Not only will you keep your essentials stocked but you will save time and let's admit it. Time = money. The more time saved the more time we can spend with our precious babies. Head to today to order your everyday essentials. 

What is your "opps" moment? Please share about a time you ran out of an essential. 

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