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That post baby issue no one ever talks about…

I was 26 when I started teaching full time and it was a running joke among my colleagues that I had a bladder “built for teaching”.  That was their humorous way of pointing out  that I probably took the fewest bathroom breaks of all the teachers on the floor.  Frankly, it wasn’t easy to take a bathroom break unless I wanted to hang out in the girl’s room with my students. Luckily, I was a pro at holding it until my break at lunch.

Fast forward to the last few months I was pregnant with Josh and teaching on the third floor when the closest “adult” bathroom was on the second floor. Calling down to the office for someone to watch my class while I bolted down the stairs praying the bathroom was unoccupied wasn’t the best plan with an overactive baby using my bladder as a punching bag. I wound up dragging my entire class to stand in the hall while I dashed (okay – waddled) in and used the girl’s room more times than I care to recall.  But hey – I made it, right?

Then I had Josh and spent almost four hours pushing before my doctor managed to Hoover him out and things haven’t been quite the same since.

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People tell you all kinds of things about your post baby experience. Postpartum depression is discussed fairly openly and I had random strangers wanting to discuss nursing techniques but no one ever brought up light bladder leakage (LBL), not even my doctor.  Suddenly I found that I no longer had the steel bladder I had come to depend on. I found that if I waited a little to long to use the bathroom and then laughed too hard or sneezed, I might be in trouble.

I had no idea that this could happen or what to use for it.

Now that I’m older and more worldly (yep – that’s what I’m going to call it!!) I know that there are products made specifically for this issue. Poise Microliners are perfect for situations just like the one I described. Poise Microliners have SAM (Super Absorbent Material) that allows they to remain super thin while providing the kind of protection moms with LBL need.  They are so thin and discreet, no one has to know you are wearing them unless you want to share your secret.

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No matter what your needs, Poise has got you covered. But you don’t have to just take my word for it, give them a try yourself with this free sample offer.

Thanks to Poise for partnering with me for this post. All opinions are my own.

Join Walmart to Help Fight Hunger, Spark Change #Vote2FightHunger

feedingamericaWhat does hunger look like in your community? Probably not what you think.  If you think you will be able to tell who is dealing with hunger issues just by looking at them, you might be surprised. The people who are worried about where their next meal is going to come from look just like me and just like you. In fact, they might live in a house on your block.

A few months ago, Josh and I had the opportunity to donate food to our local food bank and it was an eye opening experience for both of us.  I spent some time looking around for a place to accept our donation and it was harder than I thought it would be. I first called the food pantry that we had always donated to in the past and learned two things: 1) they were not equipped to accept anything except nonperishable foods and 2) they are only open one day a month and only for very specific hours.

These facts disturbed me for a few reasons. First, I think it is pretty challenging to eat well balanced, healthy meals using only nonperishable foods. Healthy fruits, vegetables and meats are expensive and I couldn’t help but wonder if the people visiting the food bank would be buying them on their own. Second, having such limited hours makes it really hard for people to get the food they might need (never mind donate it!). What if a person has the chance for a job interview during the few hours the food bank is open – do they have to decide between getting food for the month OR possible employment? It just doesn’t seem right.

Since we had a trunk full of fresh chicken, that food pantry wasn’t an option anyways.  We found the Menomonee Falls Area Food Pantry and loved what we saw. Not only do they accept donations 24/7 but they also have several windows where people can stop in and pick up food. They have both afternoon and evening hours, so they offer access to food no matter what your schedule. Plus, they have coolers and were thrilled to receive our chicken donation.

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Josh commented that the people “shopping” there looked just like everyone else. I don’t know if he thought he would see people who looked more like the homeless people we have seen living on the streets or that they would just look “different”, but he was struck by the fact that these were people just like us. And I think that is a powerful observation.

Feeding America is an organization dedicated to making sure that no one goes without the food they need by making sure that the pantries like the one we visited have plenty of food to give out. Walmart has joined the fight against hunger and is partnering with Feeding America.   From September 15 through October 5, customers can visit www.walmart.com/fighthunger to cast one vote per day that will help direct grants to participating Feeding America food banks and local partner agencies across the country. The 50 winning food banks will each receive a $60,000 grant. The campaign also provides information on how customers can donate or volunteer to take a direct action in the fight against hunger in their local communities.

To participate in the voting campaign, learn more about the program, including details on participating products, visit www.walmart.com/fighthunger.

You can get involved by voting for your local food bank AND by participating in the #Vote2FightHunger Twitter Party on September 30th. RSVP and learn more here.

This post was brought to you in partnership with TheMotherhood.com. All opinions are my own.

 

 

Introducing Boxtroll “Candy” #BuildABoxtrollSweeps

I know everyone has been waiting anxiously to see how our clay and cardboard Boxtroll came out.

Without further ado, let me introduce you to our very own Boxtroll, Candy!!

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Enter the Build a Boxtroll sweepstakes for a chance to win an all expenses paid trip for four to The Boxtrolls movie premiere in Los Angeles! You can find more info and ideas here.

Take a photo of your creation and share it on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram with the #BuildABoxtrollSweeps hashtag to enter. No purchase is necessary, you must be 18+ years old and reside in the 50 U.S. States and District of Columbia to enter. The contest is going on NOW and ends September 5, 2014. Official rules

Get Sized for a Bra and Help A Woman in Need #LiftTOUR

Vanity Fair_LiftTOUR_PosterDid you know that chances are pretty good you are wearing the wrong size bra? Most studies seem to indicate that about 80-85% of women are wearing a bra that is NOT their size. Having kids, weight gain or loss, and a bra’s age can all affect fit.  Having a professional determine your size is really the best way to find out what size bra you should be buying.

Vanity Fair is on a mission to help women out in this department with their “Women Who Do” campaign. Hey, they know we are all busy and that’s why this summer they are coming to YOU! The LiftTOUR is a traveling bus tour where you can be properly fit and sized for a bra.  But the best part is that LiftTOUR has partnered with Dress For Success ( an organization that helps women who might be a bit down on their luck by providing them with professional clothing for job interviews).  I’m a huge fan of Dress For Success and donated all my suits there when I left the corporate world.

When you visit a LiftTOUR stop and getting a fitting, Vanity Fair will donate a bra to Dress For Success!

Check out the remaining tour dates and find out when LiftTOUR will be near you!

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Don’t Chase the Ice Cream Truck #IceCreamRun

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I’m pretty sure our local ice cream truck driver has been messing with us all summer. You know how the ice cream truck has that very distinctive music that plays and signals people everywhere that cold, frosty treats are slowly making their way in your direction?  Well, we have been hearing that music all summer but have yet to see an actual ice cream truck anywhere.wantedposter

Granted, we live on a dead end so the chances of him coming down our street and stopping in front of our house are probably less than some of the other houses BUT I do remember quite clearly silently cursing out an ice cream truck for s-l-o-w-l-y driving up and down our road back when LJ was of nap taking age, so I know they know we are down here.  Several nights we have heard the melodious call of the truck from what sounds like the next road over and have hopped on bikes and even in the car to hunt him down with no luck.  I began to wonder if one of the neighbors was playing a recording of the truck’s call just to be funny. Since my poor little kiddo was feeling rather down after our last unsuccessful ice cream truck hunting expedition, we decided to take matters into our own hands.

We went to Walgreens.

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Hey – stop your laughing!! Walgreens has a great selection of all of your favorite Unilever frozen treats.  For just under $20 (which is probably what we would have spent for each of us to grab a treat or two from the ice cream truck) we got a BUNCH of goodies at Walgreens.

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Everybody got exactly what they love – I got my Magnum bars with creamy caramel and rich chocolate, Jay got his Fruttare Strawberry Bars, and LJ got Oreo ice cream AND Klondike Bars (lucky kid!).

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So if your ice cream guys is like ours and seems to be playing a game of hide and seek, forget trying to hunt him down and just hit your local Walgreens instead!

This sponsored post was brought to you in partnership with Global Influence.

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