Play to Win with Team Puracyn® Plus

Two times a year our suburban becomes our mobile soccer command center. All six of my kids are playing this season so we spend our Saturday mornings and Sunday afternoons at the soccer field.


We love soccer and it is really a fun time for our whole family. My husband coaches and I’m the unofficial photographer, cheerleader, water bottle filler, shoe tier and more!

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My kids love it so much; we are often the last family leaving the field because my kids start pick-up games after their scheduled games have ended.


During this busy time I make sure our truck is stocked with everything we need for our games.

Below is my soccer list:

  • Folding chairs
  • Bag of soccer balls
  • Socks
  • Shin guards
  • Cleats
  • Pennies
  • Water jugs/bottles
  • Hairbands
  • Sunscreen
  • Snacks
  • Sports Emergency Kit


Since we leave early in the morning on Saturday for games I make sure everything we need is in the car on Friday night. Getting six kids up, fed, and dressed is a big enough challenge without also having to remember to pack everything we need!


One thing I learned during our remodel was that having a small first aid kit including Puracyn® Plus Duo-Care™ Wound & Skin Cleanser with us is essential. My kids are not accident prone, but after being a parent for almost twenty-one years I’ve come to realize that accidents do happen!

During our very first week of soccer my husband was running with his team and ran into a wire that was supporting a tree.

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Injuries on the field or in a construction zone should be cleaned right away. When I haven’t had an emergency kit with me I’ve been guilty of pouring water from a water bottle on a cut or scrape to clean it off.


Puracyn® Plus Duo-Care™ Wound & Skin Cleanser is a great first step for cleaning a cut or scrape on the go.

  • The easy, hands-free spray application of Puracyn® Plus thoroughly cleans minor wounds, eliminating the need for running water in the critical first step of cleaning a wound.
  • Doctor-tested for wound treatment, Puracyn® Plus is non-stinging, non-irritating, and free of antibiotics, steroids, and alcohol, and completely safe for use virtually anywhere on the body (even the eyes, ears and mouth!).
  • Puracyn® Plus is a convenient alternative to the otherwise messy job of cleansing the wound area and can be applied on the spot and on-the-go, and is more effective than soap and water and won’t cause cell damage the way hydrogen peroxide can.
  • Puracyn® Plus Foot Wash & Skin Cleanser is the safe, effective, FIRST step in first aid for foot sores and irritations, blisters, dry and cracked feet, and rashes. Perfect for kids who spend hours in cleats every weekend!

When Cora needs a “boo-boo” cleaned she always asks us to use the stuff that doesn’t hurt. She doesn’t mind us using Puracyn® Plus Duo-Care™ Wound & Skin Cleanser on her cuts and scrapes which is great because I really dislike fighting with my kids when they are hurt!

I highly recommend keeping an emergency kit in the car, especially if your kids are active in sports. You never know when you are going to need to clean a wound and it is great to have first aid essentials available wherever you are!


Don’t forget to enter the Play to Win with #TeamPuracynPlus Giveaway on the Puracyn Plus Facebook page for the chance to win a Puracyn® Plus Sports Emergency Kit, including a $50 gift card to a sporting goods store of your choice and Puracyn® Plus product.

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This is a product-sponsored conversation written by me on behalf of Puracyn® Plus Duo-Care™ Wound & Skin Cleanser. The opinions and text are all mine.

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5 Healthy Habits Challenge: Fit for Good

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It’s time for another challenge! I really struggled coming up with the next challenge, because our accountability group is filled with people who have different goals and needs. Some of the ladies in our group need to lose 100 pounds or more and others just need to tone up or lose those last five pounds.

As I was thinking about what could be helpful to everyone (or at least most folks) I started thinking back on what it was that helped me change my life and it really boiled down to habits. If I was to sum up my health journey in one sentence it would be that I replaced my bad habits with good ones.

For example, I love carbs, like LOVE them! I would pass up a piece of cake for a plate of fries or garlic bread every single day of the week. I also seriously disliked exercise. While is is hard to give up something you love, or start doing something you hate I realized that if I created new habits eventually they would replace the old habits.

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It became less like giving up something I loved, and more like learning to like something new. Instead of subtracting something from my life I was adding. It is much easier to add something than it is to take something away.

Based on that principle, for the next five weeks we will be doing a Healthy Habits Challenge. I want you to come up with five healthy habits you can incorporate into your life. You may already be on your way to doing a few of them and that’s okay. I want you to think about things that you really need to do more of or do with more regularity and add those on your list.

Here are my five.

1. Drink more water

Most people don’t drink enough water. For me, this wasn’t a problem until a few years ago, then I got busy and just forgot about it. Not the best idea if you are exercising and sweating a lot. Also, if I’m being honest, drinking a lot of water means numerous trips to the bathroom, and #aintnobodygottimeforthat!

The rule of thumb for the amount of water you drink every day is to drink half of your body weight every day. So if you weigh 160 pounds you should drink 80 ounces of water every day. That’s 10 eight ounce glasses a day for someone who weighs 160 pounds.

I use my blender bottle most days and fill it up several times a day. I like this particular bottle because it has a very tight seal, but that thumb tab opens it easily so I don’t break a nail! Not that my nails are long or even pretty, but I’ve broken many of them trying to get things open.

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This bottle is 28 ounces, so I only have to drink a two and a half bottles, which is easy when I have it with me.

2. Get on a sleep schedule

I know that I feel better when I go to bed at the same time and wake up at the same time every day. I need less sleep and a feel more rested when I stay on a routine.

However staying on a sleep routine is so hard, especially when you travel once a month!  My goal is to be in bed by 10 pm on the weeknights and get up before 6 am. I know that if I can fall asleep before 10:30pm I can get up early and feel great all day.

I’m creating this habit by going to bed a little earlier every night, not watching tv or being on the computer before bed, and trying to read at least one chapter in a book before I go to sleep. Television and electronics actually hurt your ability to fall asleep but man it is easy to get on your phone and check Facebook before bed, isn’t it!

3. Eat a low carb breakfast

For me, I gravitate towards high carb breakfasts, however, we do the bulk of our homeschool in the morning and carb loaded breakfasts seem to lower my energy level by 11 am. I know that if I eat eggs and lean meat or a smoothie for breakfast I feel great until lunch.

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I also know that eating tons of carbs for breakfast is one of the quickest ways I put on a few pounds. This is true for me, however it might not be true for anyone else. It is important to track what you are eating and how you feel after you eat, so that you can do what is best for your body.

I’ve gotten out of the habit of making eggs because grabbing a bowl of cereal is so much easier, but I know I feel better when I eat eggs so I need to start making them at least four days a week.

4. Eat two healthy snacks a day

I am not a snacker, so this one has always been a challenge for me. I just don’t like taking the time to eat, however I know that when I have a healthy snack my energy levels stay high and I feel better throughout the day.

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It also takes away the “I’m starving” at mealtime feeling so I make better choices instead of quick choices (which is usually not the healthiest choice).

5. Exercise at the same time every day

This has been the hardest for me since we have moved to Florida. I used to be on an exercise routine and I rarely missed a day, because it was part of my schedule, just like taking a shower or homeschooling the kids.

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Since our schedule has been wacky in general since moving here I’ve struggled to get in a good routine. I still exercise but it hasn’t been daily because I can’t seem to find the best time to make it a habit.

I really need to exercise five to six times a week to keep prevent back pain and migraines. While I prefer to work out in the morning, that might not be the best for my schedule right now so I need to figure out when the best time for exercise is for me.

How the challenge works

This is a five week challenge, where we are going to focus on each habit for one week. When the new week begins we will continue with the previous habit, plus add in a new habit. Hopefully this will give you time to get a good routine going with each habit so that by the end of the five weeks are you moving towards some awesome changes in your life.

I’ve created a very basic Healthy Habits printable if you want to have your goals on paper. Please, please, please print and fill it out. Writing things down is a great way to get things done! Saying you are going to do something is one thing, but writing it down takes it one step further.

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List out your five healthy habits and then decide what order you want to work on them.

My advice is to start with the easiest habit first. Get your small win, so you can move on to something harder and get a bigger win. Then list three ways you can succeed starting your new habit. You only need to list out your three ways to succeed when you start that week (although all my over achievers can do that today too!).

The Healthy Habits Challenge starts today! Start making your list and get to work on your first healthy habit!

Follow along on social media with the hashtag #fithealthyhabits and don’t forget to join our Fit for Good community!

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My Brother’s Keeper Bible Study Limited Time Offer

I want nothing more than my kids to love God and each other. That’s why I love this new bible study, My Brother’s Keeper


My Brother’s Keeper: Learning to Love Your Siblings God’s Way

Have you ever seen a bible study that’s specific goal is to teach your kids God’s plan for their relationships with one another? That’s one of the reasons this 4 week bible study is so cool! Here are some quick details about the study:

  • Comes in a Junior Level for ages 5-8 and a Youth Level for ages 8-12.
  • Scripture references are listed so you can use whatever translation of the Bible that you have chosen for your family.
  • Despite different age levels, all of your kids will go through the same topics each day.
  • Explores 10 different stories of siblings in the bible seeking to find God’s plan for this unique relationship.

Sounds like a great bible study, right? Well you can buy a single version for $8 or you can get both versions (Jr Level & Youth Level) in a Combo Pack for only $14!

Order your copy of My Brother’s Keeper today!

But hurry because the prices will increase significantly on March 23rd!

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How Many Times Do I Have to Tell You: Book Recommendation

This past weekend I had the privilege of hanging out with one of my favorite people, Rachael Carman. Rachael and her husband Davis own Apologia Educational Ministries which among other things publishes most of the science textbooks we use in our homeschool.

While I love their science curriculum, what I really love about Rachael is that she often speaks right to the heart of things I’m dealing with in my own family.

How Many Times Do I Have to Tell You Book

This weekend we celebrated the launch of her latest book, How Many Times Do I Have to Tell You?: What God wants us to hear when we talk to our kids.

Have you ever said and of the following things to your kids:

  • Are you EVEN listening to me?
  • What were you thinking?
  • Be quiet.
  • I know how you feel.
  • Stop running.
  • Let’s go!

I think we all have certain phrases we use over and over with our kids, probably so much so that they don’t even pay attention to what we are telling them.

One day when Rachael was dealing with a particularly difficult child she was struck by her own words.

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Are you hearing but not obeying what God is trying to tell you? If you find yourself convicted when you speak the same phrases to your children over and over it could be that God is gently (or maybe not so gently) trying to get your attention too.

In How Many Times Do I Have to Tell You?, Rachael shares numerous stories from her own life and how God used those moments to help shape her. At the end of each short chapter she shares a moment of introspection with several questions to help dig deeper into each chapter.

As with the rest of Rachael’s books this book is easy to read and the chapters are short, which is perfect for a busy mom.

I highly recommend this devotional book so grab a copy for you or your favorite mom today. It’s available on Kindle and in print.

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