Improving Kids Digestion and Immune System with EndoMune Junior

Disclosure:  Post sponsored by EndoMune.

Happy Monday friends! Last week did a number on us. Although the temperatures have yet to really dip, the season is changing. We all seem to be feeling the effects of those pesky seasonal allergies already.  A major concern for me is my kids. They have a harder time picking up on the onset of allergy symptoms leading them to suffering more. I have tweaked their daily regimen by including a few essentials like EndoMune Junior. Endomune Junior is a chewable probiotic made specifically for kids. Improving their digestion and immune system is key to putting my kids on the right track to a healthier day-to-day and controlling those allergy flare-ups that are imminent. 

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EndoMune Junior Probiotic for Kids maintains a healthy balance of beneficial gut bacteria, specifically for kids 3-8. The chewable Probiotic comes in a smart bottle and consists of 30 tablets (30 day supply). Each daily tablet consists of 10 billion CFUs of four varieties of beneficial bacteria: L. acidophilus, B. lactis, B. longum and B. bifidum. Other leading brands offer only 1-5 billion CFUs.

EndoMune Junior Chewable Probiotic also contains a prebiotic, Fructooligosaccharides, to nourish probiotics in the digestive tract. The chewable tablets are gluten free, vegetarian, non-dairy, sugar-free and contain no artificial colorings, preservatives, or GMO products. And most important to my kids, the berry-vanilla flavored tablet is delicious. 

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Research shows that a healthy intestinal balance of beneficial bacteria improves overall health.

EndoMune’s benefits include:

  • Reducing the effects of irritable bowel syndrome (IBS)
  • Lessening the risk of antibiotic-associated diarrhea (AAD)
  • Reducing the incidence of gas and bloating
  • Boosting immunity
This newest probiotic supplement is available in 68 H-E-B stores across Texas and more than 100 independent retailers and pharmacies in seven states.

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Dr. Lawrence Hoberman has spent more than 40 years practicing medicine and is board certified in both Internal Medicine (1972) and Gastroenterology (1975). Many individuals suffer from ongoing GI symptoms, allergies and skin conditions may benefit from the addition of a daily probiotic supplement. Dr. Hoberman developed EndoMune Advanced Probiotic and EndoMune Jr.Dr. Hoberman currently practices at Health by Design, located in San Antonio, Texas.  Hoberman recommends that individuals talk to their doctors about taking probiotic supplements.

All-You-Can-Play Main Event Summer FUNpass #FamilyFunME

This post is sponsored by Main Event.

News flash summers not over. We are squeezing every bit of summer fun in wherever we can. Our usual dinner out last night was a surprise trip for the kids to Main Event San Antonio North to take advantage of the Main Event Summer FUNpass. The Summer FUNpass is valid Through Sept. 7 at all 20 Main Event centers. I’m determined to put FUN into the last bits of summer and you can to with this amazing deal. 

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Main Event’s Summer FUNpass includes all-you-can-play bowling, laser tag, billiards and more for only $15.95 per person (9am-4pm) and $17.95 per person after 4pm! 

Main Event makes it easy to have fun as a family. A competitive family game of bowling is bliss after a long day.

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Take advantage of bowling, billiards and laser tag. Gravity ropes, bocce ball and rock climbing are also available at select locations.

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Interactive games for all ages. We all have our own favorite things to do and Main Event has it all under one roof. Take advantage of fun and games with the all-you-can-paly FUNpass.

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Main Event Entertainment, the fastest-growing bowling-anchored entertainment center in America.

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For more information, visit mainevent.com.

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Letting Go Of The Fear, Homeschool Mom

It’s official, we are a homeschooling once again. After three months of “can we do this” conversations with my husband, we mutually put our fears to rest and let our dreams take over. We live in an extraordinary circumstance, my husband and I both work from home and have very flexible schedules. I put the idea of homeschooling in our boys court. If they wanted to be homeschooled, I would invest the time to research and give them the best shot at it.

Letting Go Of The Fear, Homeschool Mom.

letting go of the fear, homeschool mom

Homeschooling for us began in 2012. Our oldest had just completed fifth grade and we took a leap of faith to homeschool him 6th, 7th and the first semester of 8th grade. We always left the door open to going back to public school or any other school for that matter, he decided to go back to school early on during 8th grade. We  prepared for the transition and it was a breath of fresh air when he fell right into his new school and finished out the school year with all A’s and B’s!  While he was transitioning back into public school we also had a kindergartener who was doing great in public school.

Both boys finished out public school and it was a great experience. Our oldest ready for high school, our middle child about to be a first grader and our youngest home with us for one more year. I had no idea if we would homeschool again, but that door was opened as soon as summer began.

Our soon to be freshman wanted to be homeschooled and our soon to be first grader had such an interesting first year of school that we felt the calling to homeschool. We had lots of discussions on the pros and cons of homeschooling them. My biggest fear is not giving them the right tools to succeed. It was a long summer, I cried, I prayed and the fear ultimately took over and I hated the nervousness of it all. A week before public school would begin we decided to not let fear take over anymore. There is a reason why homeschooling is calling us. Why would this path be right here in front of us if we weren’t supposed to travel on it?

Letting go of the fear, homeschool mom.

There are a two factors that have to take place in order to have a successful homeschool life.

  1. You and your spouse must be on the same page with the decision to homeschool. If one person is not fully committed to the idea of homeschool it will eventually cause friction.
  2. You must be willing to make mistakes, have a bad day, and try again.

We ultimately made the decision to enroll our oldest in public online school at Connections Academy. This option is not for everyone, but for us it is an option that will keep him on pace with public school and take the pressure off of us to teach 9th grade. We are supplementing our own homeschool plan with him. My husband decided that he would alter his schedule enough to be an integral part of our  first graders schooling. I am excited for this next chapter in our lives and to see my boys flourish with the one-on-one attention.

For us this is a dream come true. I don’t put too much pressure on my family to do everything perfectly. We have planned a schedule for the first two weeks and will tackle it day by day.

The most important lessons I want to teach my boys this year is to enjoy learning, make memories and treat all of our experiences as learning opportunities.

I want the five of us to truly enjoy each other. Aiden is almost 15, he will soon be done with high school and hopefully on to college. This time we all have together is precious and a gift. I am going to relish in this bonding time as long as I have it.

 

 

 

Hands on Space Mission Activities #MilesSpaceMissions

This is part of a sponsored collaboration with DiMeMedia and Disney Junior. However, all opinions expressed are my own. #MilesSpaceMissions

Calling all cosmic explorers! Go hands on with Miles From Tomorrowland space mission activities with your kids and enter for a chance to win a VIP family trip to the Kennedy Space Center. Can you imagine taking the family to see a rocket launch, meet an astronaut and more? Whew, that’s a mouthful! My boys have become huge fans of the Disney Junior show, Miles From Tomorrowland. It’s a cosmic adventure of exploring outer space with Miles. We have had such a blastastic time with pretend play and exploring the universe all thanks to Miles.

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To celebrate season two we had our own countdown watch party celebrating Miles From Tomorrowland. With fun space mission activities inspired by Disney Junior Miles From Tomorrowland we are ready for the new season.

Have your own DIY rocket ship competition with your kids. It’s the perfect activity to submit a photo for a chance at that awesome VIP prize. Submit your own entry in three easy steps. 

Win a VIP family trip to the Kennedy Space Center

See a rocket launch, meet an astronaut,receive a virtual reality viewer, 3D printer and Miles From Tomorrowland toys!

Check out this video for more information. Deadline for entry is Monday 8/31!

rocket ships miles from tomorrowland #MilesSpaceMissionsMiles from Tomorrowland: Season 2 Premiere

The Season 2 premiere of Miles from Tomorrowland Space Mission: Mars on Saturday, September 19th at 9 am/8c on Disney Junior on Disney Channel.

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Miles from Tomorrowland Space Missions Twitter Party

Join Miles on his special mission to Mars on Saturday, September 19! Celebrate the premiere of Miles from Tomorrowland: Space Mission Mars, a special new episode with a Disney Junior Twitter party. Grab your little cosmic explorer, some breakfast, follow #MilesFromTomorrowland on Twitter and join us as we tune in at 8:30 am EST for Miles’ latest adventures with his family. It’s going to be blastastic with awesome prizes so we hope that you’ll join us for some intergalactic fun!

 

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Don’t forget to check out the Miles from Tomorrowland page to submit your mission.

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Minecraft Gaming Event Comes To San Antonio

Win a free ticket Minecraft San Antonio

Minecraft fans Super League Gaming is coming to San Antonio August 26, 2015!

MINECRAFT Super League Gaming Tour

Come play Minecraft in a movie theater

When: August 26, 2015

Where: Regal Live Oak Stadium 

Time: 4 pm – 5:35 pm

Requirement: Know how to play Minecraft. Bring your laptop

  • limited number of laptops available

Register: San Antonio Minecraft Super League

*Prizes to Top Scorers

Registration is open to gamers of all ages. This will be the ultimate 100 minute Minecraft experience. Super League Gaming offers the first in-theater gaming league set inside major movie theaters across the country where gamers build, battle, create, and participate in free-for-all-arena-style mayhem.

Players can socialize, move around the theater, and compete in a recreational setting. Parents and spectators can attend Super League events for free! For a full list of events check out Super League.

Enter to WIN a free ticket to attend the Minecraft gaming event in San Antonio

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2015 Toyota Highlander Limited Platinum AWD Review #LetsGoPlaces

I test drove the 2015 Toyota Highlander Limited Platinum AWD for a week. All thoughts expressed are my own.

Review of the Toyota Highlander SUV AWD

I’m going to take you back in time for a moment, four years to be exact. I was thirty weeks pregnant with my third child and we owned a four door car. Everything had fallen into place seamlessly,  I was having my third boy. I had hand me downs, toys and even unopened diapers from my middle child. I was nesting and buying last-minute items for our new baby. That week I ordered a double stroller and new infant car seat, the last of my necessities. The boxes were so big and at that moment I realized the car I was driving was never going to carry a family of five and all this stuff. I loved that car so much, but it was shrinking before my eyes.

That night my husband said, “maybe you are ready for a van”. I laughed, he was serious. Then I cried, because I was a hormonal, emotional, thirty-week pregnant wreck. I would return that double bob stroller before I drove a minivan. I mean vans are exploding with some of the coolest options, but me driving a van full of kids. I just wasn’t ready, it’s a psychological thing I guess. Because four years later I don’t have the same distaste for a minivan, I mean have you seen the new Sienna (I need that minivan in my life)?!

You had me at Mid-Size SUV

I then started paying attention to SUV’s on the road, I had driven a large SUV for a few years, but it always felt too big. I loved the convenience of a car and the ease of parking. The mid-size SUV, won us over it was everything we needed without the bulk. When I had the chance to test drive the Toyota Highlander I was ecstatic. The size, the features, the look of it.

13 Reasons To Love the 2015 Toyota Highlander Limited Platinum AWD

The Color

I am letting my girly side show here, but I just love this rich maroon hue. It’s labeled Ooh La La Rouge, which makes me think those Toyota people have a cheeky side. I just want to pick up a latte and travel the world in this car.

Automatic High Beam Headlights

This vehicle is smart on so many levels, but this feature had me at automatic. Imagine driving in a rural area, where deer are abundant and cars are scarce. You have to drive 15 miles out of the city to get to my house. Which calls for less than optimal driving conditions at night. I also live in a night sky zone, meaning no street lights are allowed and outdoor lights must be a certain wattage. AHB detects nearby light sources such as the headlights or tail lights of vehicles ahead. The system automatically switches between high beams and low beams to ensure optimum nighttime visibility. This also helps vehicles detect pedestrians at night from further away.

Easy Access

Getting in and out of the Highlander is a breeze. The vehicle sits comfortably to allow adults and children to easily access in and out. The back seats are simple captain seats that allow to pass through to the third row or slide the seats up for ease of getting in the back.

Smart Dash

Blue LED ambient lighting lights up the in-dash shelf.  8-in. high-resolution touch-screen. USB, iPod connectivity,  voice recognition, hands-free phone capability, phone book access, SiriusXM, predictive traffic and Doppler weather overlay.

Keyless Start

The Smart Key System and liftgate with Push Button Start and remote keyless entry.

Conversation Passenger Mirror

The overhead console has sunglasses storage and a conversation mirror that allows the driver to easily see everything going on in the car with a quick glance.

Seating For Eight

The third row is perfect for a full car, or opt to drop it down for a more spacious cargo space.

Three Zone Climate Control
Individual driver and front passenger settings with the second-row personal control panel that operates the second- and third-row vents.

Navigation 

Use the voice command button on the steering wheel to navigate you to a certain address in your display and by voice.

Back Up Camera

Not only can you see the back view you also get a projected path, that is the perfect back-in parking assistant.

Blind Spot Monitor 

Do not rely exclusively on the Blind Spot Monitor. Always look over your shoulder and use your turn signal

Lane Departure Alert

Lane Departure Alert is designed to read the lane markers, providing visual and audible alerts when lane departure is detected.

Sleek Quiet Ride

The refined design in and out of the vehicle makes this mid-size SUV perfect for my family of five. It’s quiet ride in and outside the vehicle is exceptional. With an abundance of amenities to keep my family safe we give the 2015 Toyota Highlander Limited Platinum AWD five stars.

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Check Out Altitude Trampoline Park in San Antonio

Special thanks to Altitiude Trampoline Park for hosting A Thrifty Diva.

Looking for a place to unwind with the kids? Or what about a place for your kids to play while you have a date night? Altitude Trampoline Park is the perfect place for families in San Antonio to enjoy both and so much more. Upon entering the 30,000 square foot building you are met with streamlined wall-to-wall trampolines. Altitude Trampoline Park is clean, friendly and staffed to keep the entertainment rolling while keeping everyone safe. Located in the Huebner Oaks Shopping center, Altitude trampoline park takes entertainment to a whole new level.

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This exciting concept is a hit for all ages. It’s a high-energy place to unwind and stay indoors.

Upon entering the facility sign your waiver at the self-serve computers, head to the desk to pick up your safety socks and get the rules. Use the lockers to keep your valuables safe while you jump and play. Altitude Trampoline Park employees are on hand keeping the flow of events going in the trampoline park at all times.

Open Jump

Mon – Thu 10 am – 9 pm

Friday 10 am – 11 pm

Saturday 9 am – 11 pm

Sunday 11 am – 8 pm

Toddler Time

Starts August 21 from 11 a.m.- 1p.m. Monday- Friday

  • First Child $9.99
  • Sibling 6 and Under $5.00
  • Guardian $4.00 (must jump with 3 and under)
Fitness Class

8:30 a.m.

  • Classes- $15.99(plus tax)
  • Childcare-$5.00/per child

3 hours jump time + pizza + DJ

Kid Drop Off : $21.99

  • Dance
  • Jump
  • Eat

Plus a great place to host events and birthday parties.

For more information on Altitude Trampoline park visit them online, Facebook and on Twitter.

Stay tuned to our A Thrifty Diva Facebook page we will be giving away a family four pack to one lucky reader soon.

How To Make Money Work In A Marriage

Research indicates that couples argue more about money than anything else. How do you avoid financial woes from becoming the root of your marriage problems? Money-minded Psychologist Dr. Malec, author of the book “Marriage in Modern Life: Why It Works, When It Works” (www.drannemalec.com), offers constructive solutions for marital money stressors. 

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How To Make Money Work In A Marriage

Be partners in your common cause. 

When one partner carries most of the financial burden, it can thrust that partner into an almost parental role over the other. This is a form of asymmetry that can affect other areas of the relationship and erode a marriage, creating resentment by each partner for different reasons. Whether or not you make roughly the same amount of money as your spouse – or none at all because you’re a stay-at-home parent – stay involved in the goings on of your household’s finances. Understand what you can and cannot afford as a family. Communication is crucial. Discuss your feelings about money and how both of you contribute to the overall well-being of your family.

Avoid financial infidelity. 

Every couple has to determine how their joint and individual expenses will be shared. Account for the necessities, from rent or mortgage to groceries and more. Account for all of your typical expenses, which may include date night and individual interests or hobbies. Respect individual interests – whether or not they are reasonable expenses, understand that they are important to your partner and may help the relationship. If one shops too much or spends too much on cars, find a way to compromise. Having an agreed-upon monthly budget helps minimize financial tension, and to spend more requires a good explanation. 

Be open to money issues beyond the marriage. 

Most adults have some degree of debt because of a college loan, child support, a medical history or a host of other reasons. Ideally, you will have discussed and come to terms with a spouse’s debt before marriage. Also, consider the potential upsides to having a prenuptial agreement, especially when one or both of you come to the marriage with significant assets or debts, or when children are involved.

Have annual discussions about a spouse’s stay-at-home status. 

There are many good reasons for a mother or a father to stay home and raise children, but you should revisit this decision once a year to determine if it still works for the family. The spouse who chooses to stay at home should make him or herself fully aware of the potential risk of doing so. Can you afford a one-income household? Will the stay-at-home spouse be able to re-enter the workforce? Will you be fulfilled at home? These are valid questions to seriously consider each year.

About Dr. Anne Brennan Malec

Dr. Anne Brennan Malec (www.drannemalec.com) is the founder and managing partner of Symmetry Counseling (www.symmetrycounseling.com), a group counseling, coaching and psychotherapy practice in Chicago. She also is author of the book “Marriage in the Modern Life: Why It Works, When It Works.” Dr. Malec earned her Bachelor’s degree in Accountancy from Villanova University and holds two Master’s degrees: one in Liberal Studies from DePaul University, and one in Marital and Family Therapy from Northwestern University. Dr. Malec earned her Doctoral degree in Clinical Psychology from the Chicago School of Professional Psychology.

End of Summer Hair and Skin Tips

Now that we have subjected our hair and skin to excessive amounts of sun, chlorine, and other elements it’s time to do a 180 on the damage. If you remember one thing about summer care, it should be to always hydrate, hydrate, hydrate! Beauty expert Leonardo Rocco is sharing the best End of Summer Hair and Skin Tips to help revitalize your beauty routine after the summer months:

End of Summer Hair and Skin Tips

End of summer hair and skin tips.

Exfoliate and moisturize to return skin moisture

After a season of sun exposure, skin may tend to feel dryer and rougher as the upper layer of skin gets thicker, harder and drier. Exfoliating regularly post summer (and throughout the year for that matter) can help remove dead skin cells and their build up, bringing skin back to life. As you may already know, the cardinal rule for keeping skin looking and feeling smooth is the application of a hydrating and moisturizing cream after exfoliation, such as POND’S Cold Cream Cleanser, which contains 50% moisturizer and it is Dermatologist tested, non-comedogenic, hypoallergenic and suitable for those with sensitive skin. These two basic steps will help infuse your skin with vital moisture after soaking in the sun after a long summer.

Use a hydrating body wash to restore natural oils

According to Everyday Health, soaking in the water can cause surprising damage your body skin. Those occasional dips in the ocean can strip away the natural oils, making you feel dry and patchy. To recuperate some of the lost moisture, shower with the Daily Silk Body Wash body wash or bar to experience the moisturizing beads. This delicious scent features the delectable fragrances of white peach and silk blossom, leaving your skin feeling irresistibly silky-soft after soaking in the sun after all these months.

Start the summer hair rehab process in the shower 

Don’t forget about your hair! By now – and after months of the wind blow, sun, chlorine, salt water and air conditioning – it probably feels fried and brittle. It is important to pay special attention to the routine washes and opt for a shampoo & conditioner system that will help your locks retain as much moisture as possible, such as Suave Professional’s Sea Mineral Infusion Moisturizing Body Shampoo & Conditioner, which contains a healthy blend of rich minerals from the sea providing your hair with 24-hour body and moisture that is easy to style.

For more End of Summer Hair and Skin Tips and tricks, visit ViveMejor.com.

6 Things you need to know about getting pregnant

Six things you need to know about getting pregnant. Starting a family is simple, yet extremely complicated. For some starting a family is a huge undertaking that can take a toll on couples.

6 things you need to know about getting pregnant

ALYSSA DWECK, MDOB/GYN at the Mount Kisco Medical Group in Westchester County, New York provides care to women of all ages and has delivered thousands of babies offers these tips on getting pregnant. 

 

You can’t get pregnant on just any day of the month. 

A little out of the classroom SEXed talk regarding the menstrual cycle and fertility. Education about ovulation, peak fertility and “safe times” during the menstrual cycle whether it be from a phone app, a friend or a healthcare provider is key. This of course is not so easy if your cycles are irregular and doesn’t take the place of contraception and/or condoms, but sure is handy info nonetheless.

Women can learn a lot by charting their monthly cycles. 

It’s amazing what your menstrual cycle can tell you whether you are trying to conceive or prevent pregnancy. Predicting ovulation doesn’t have to be complicated if you are in tune with your body. By simply tracking basal body temperature and cervical mucus changes women can have valuable information to plan or prevent pregnancy.

Ovulation doesn’t always happen on Day 14… Newsflash! 

It’s not uncommon to assume that conception occurs specifically at the moment of ovulation. In fact, sperm can live up to five days in a woman’s body. The best time for intercourse is actually a few days before ovulation and a day or so afterward.

Some lubricants can have a negative effect on sperm motility. 

Many common lubricants contain sperm-toxic ingredients, have the wrong pH or have high salt levels, all of which have may have a negative effect when trying to conceive. Even saliva and water can kill sperm and should be avoided when trying to conceive. Fertility friendly lubricants like Pre-Seed mimic cervical mucus to optimize fertility. Pre-Seed’s isotonic and pH balanced formula supports sperm on their journey through the cervix to meet the egg.

A surprising number of women will experience infertility, miscarriage or both

At least 1 in every 10 women will have significant trouble getting pregnant, and 1 in 5 will experience miscarriage at least once. These are emotional rollercoasters to say the least. Good news, there are tests and treatments to help prevent and treat the many fertility problems that we face. Rest assured, if you are facing this challenge, you are not alone.

Life is full of uncertainty, but the relationships you form will be your source of strength.

Coping with the anguish and emotion of miscarriage, no matter how early or infertility, is easier with support from your partner, friends, family, clergy and healthcare provider. Community is vital and all can serve as life lines when we face adversity.