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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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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Kidde Smoke Alarm Giveaway!

This post is in partnership with Kidde, all opinions are my own.

When you renovate your home, it is easy to focus on the big things, like floors, paint, or appliances. But one important thing you should not overlook is the smoke alarm. Even if you’re not renovating it is important that your smoke alarm is always functional, including the batteries!

Did you that last year in Florida 43% of the homes that had fire related deaths either did not have a smoke alarm, or the alarm was not working properly?

On January 1, 2015 new smoke alarm regulations went into effect for the state of Florida. In accordance with the building code, homeowners whose homes are currently equipped with battery-powered smoke alarms must install 10-year, sealed-battery smoke alarms when replacing outdated alarms.

Personally, I love these sealed alarms, like the ones from Kidde. I’m sure I’m not the only one who has been woken up by the sound of an alarm with a dying battery! I’ve actually pulled a smoke detector out of my ceiling because I couldn’t get it to stop chirping in the middle of the night and I didn’t want it to wake the baby.

Unfortunately many people do the same thing and wait a day or longer to replace the battery in the alarm, which is super risky.

A 10-year, sealed battery smoke alarm is great because you don’t have to worry about chirping batteries or frequent battery replacement, and it is tamper-resistant.

For Florida homeowners who are repairing or updating their homes (a “level 1” alteration as defined in the Florida Building Code), you can use a 10-year sealed-battery alarm instead of retrofitting the area with smoke alarms powered by the your home’s electrical system.

Any time I don’t have to mess with electricity I’m happy. After replacing almost every outlet and switch in our house I avoid electric work if I can!

Did you know that a ten-year sealed-battery smoke alarm costs around $25-50 at your local home improvement store or online? It is estimated that consumers will spend $40 replacing batteries in a smoke alarm, so not only are you safer, you are saving money too!

Every three hours someone dies in the U.S. from a home fire. Many of those deaths are preventable! I personally know two people who have lost their homes to a fire, thankfully their families were safe, but 114 people in Florida last year were not as fortunate and lost their lives in a home fire.

If your home was built before 2004, chances are your smoke alarm needs to be replaced. I recommend purchasing a 10-year, sealed-battery smoke alarm by Kidde.

Kidde has a wide range of products that will help keep your family safe and they are affordable too!

If you are a Florida homeowner you can learn more about this new legislation here.

For my Florida resident readers I have a great giveaway for you.


One Florida reader will win a Kidde 10-year, worry free smoke alarm. The features are below:

  • It’s Always On: 24 hr/day, 7 day/week protection from smoke and fire
  • Decade of protection: sealed lithium battery provides 10 years of continuous power
  • Maintenance-free, hassle-free: never replace a battery during the alarm’s operating life and no need to worry about the batteries being removed
  • Goodbye late night low battery chirps: an end-of-life chirp tells you when it’s time to replace the alarm
  • Location-based attributes make it simple to select the right alarm for the right location in your home
  • Money savings: no batteries to buy and replace every six months, save up to $40 over the life of the alarm
  • Quick and easy installation: simply twist the alarm onto the mounting bracket and it activates

To enter please leave a comment. Giveaway is to Florida residents only and ends February 27, 2015.

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