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How Stomach Flu Changed My Life - A Brightside To Everything

by Heather Wednesday, May 27, 2015

It all started with a weird feeling… did I eat too much for dinner? Did I eat something bad? Oh… this doesn’t feel good, I need to lie down, never mind I need to get up! Porcelain GOD here I come, and here comes the stomach flu! One by one my family members are dropping like flies; everyone is being hit, but wait--two days later they are coming back from the dead yet here I lie on my deathbed and it’s been almost a week! When will the torture end? When will I have the strength to move again? And when will my caffeine withdrawal headache cease?

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WaterWipes - The Last Baby Wipe You Will Ever Need!

by Heather Tuesday, May 26, 2015

I participated in an Influencer Activation on behalf of Influence Central for WaterWipes. I received product samples to facilitate my review as well as a promotional item to thank me for my participation

It’s a messy world out there… especially for moms. I don’t think a second passes by without some sort of mess being created in my home; with young kids it’s only natural, what isn’t natural is all the products made to help take care of those messes.

I love using wipes to clean up most spills; they are already wet and usually pretty sturdy to take care of any job, but what is hidden inside that little cloth? If I am replacing a food spill on the counter with chemicals is that really better? I don’t think so. I need something I can feel is completely safe for my family. We also use wipes for the traditional use (wiping little butts) and the last thing I want is to deal with a rash due to something unnatural being used to keep them clean.

My little girl has always had super sensitive skin and one wipe with something unnatural can leave a huge rash and pain for days. I have had a pediatrician actually counsel me in the past to completely rinse other wipes to get rid of most of the chemicals and added fragrance and then have her use them. Can you imagine? Who would want to go to the store, pay for normal wipes and then rinse away everything that you are paying extra for, no thank you!

That’s why I made the switch over to WaterWipes! WaterWipes is a premier European brand that is a chemical free baby wipe and contains only two ingredients, 99.9% pure Irish water and 0.1% grapefruit seed extract. How awesome is that?! These are durable and effective wipes without all the harsh chemicals and one of the best and safest options for your little ones.

We use wipes for everything around our house from cleaning counters, wiping snotty noses, messy faces and more and I can’t imagine doing all of that with normal wipes. My kids like most need their faces wiped off on a constant basis and I don’t want anything unnatural touching their perfect skin. I keep a package of WaterWipes not only near every toilet in my house, but also in my purse and in my car and they always come in handy! These are the perfect choice for babies, children and general home use.

Right now you can get a great deal on WaterWipes at most Babies R Us! To celebrate its U.S. launch, select Babies “R” Us locations will feature a special offer, 2 WaterWipes 60-packs for only $6! You can see more about this promotion here. That is a fantastic deal on such amazing natural wipes! Be sure to head to your local Babies R Us and grab a couple of packages. Plus right now you can enter to win $100 to Babies R Us! Check it out!

Don’t forget to stay up to date with WaterWipes here:

:: WaterWipes website
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:: Twitter
:: Pinterest

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5 Simple Ways To Be a Good Mom on a Bad Day

by Heather Tuesday, May 26, 2015

Being a good parent is hard, but being a good parent on a bad day is even harder! Don’t worry, we’ve all been there. Maybe you’re exhausted after being kept up all night by a crying baby. Perhaps your boss has just dumped a ton of work on you with a strict deadline. Maybe it’s the extra post-baby weight that’s getting you down. Maybe it is a combination of all the above! Either way you slice it, parenting is tough. But here are some tips I’ve learned after having five kids of my own on changing my mood and how to be a good mom on a bad day.

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US Women's Soccer Heartwarming Tribute to Moms Plus $1,000 Visa Gift Card Giveaway!

by Heather Tuesday, May 12, 2015

This is a sponsored post on behalf of Fox Sports and Mom It Forward Blogger Network, as always though all opinion are mine.

Mother's day is a special day for so many women around the world, but it can be heartbreaking for those who are too far away to see their moms. I've always thought it must be really hard for sports teams since most holidays they are on the road and can't be near their loved ones. All you want to do as a mother on Mother's Day is wrap your arms around your child and tell them how much you love them. And when you have a child that plays a professional sport I can only imagine how proud you must be of them and you wish you could always be there to cheer them on. The moms of the US Women's Soccer team got that opportunity this Mother's Day. Little did the team know that as they were preparing for a send off game that all their moms were anxiously waiting behind closed doors for the most exciting Mother's Day surprise. On Saturday night, as the team prepared for a send-off game vs. Ireland (in San Jose, CA) in advance of the 2015 FIFA Women's World Cup, an ordinary team meeting and dinner took a dramatic turn as the featured guests were revealed to be non-other than the players' moms. These moms have been on the sidelines cheering their little girls on from day one, but now their girls are grown up and on the road a lot. So this opportunity for them to see their daughters on Mother's Day is definitely extra special. Here is the video of the surprise and you might want some tissues. Wink

U.S. Soccer's women's national team received the ultimate Mother's Day surprise this weekend.Enjoy the video and don't miss the FIFA Women's World Cup this June on FOX Sports!

Posted by FOX Soccer on Monday, May 11, 2015

I loved the end of this video, how awesome is it that their moms got to walk them out on the field?! For the first time in the history of US Women's Soccer they were able to share a piece of what they do with their moms. You can see the absolute joy over both the moms and the daughters faces. What a special experience they will always treasure. My Mother's Day with my kids was very special and it's a day I look forward to every year, so I love seeing heartwarming stories like this. I loved when one of the moms told her daughter "I wouldn't be a mom without you" Mother's day is about that special bond we have with our kids and I believe this video embodies just that.

I think it's going to be an exciting year for women’s soccer. Be sure to keep up with the U.S. Women’s National Soccer team on FacebookFoxSoccer.comTwitter, and YouTube.com.

And I have a super cool surprise for you!!! Right now you can win a $1000 Visa gift card!! If you win maybe you could take your mom on a trip! Wink

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Straights - Delicious, Chic and Unforgettable.

by Heather Tuesday, May 5, 2015

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Recently I did a press trip to Houston sponsored through the GoHouston! As always all opinions are my own.

While on our amazing trip to Houston we were invited to dine at STRAITS Restaurant.

STRAITS menu unites the four major culinary influences of Singapore-Malaysia/Indonesia, Chinese, Indian and Nonya

I wasn't familiar with the cuisine from Singapore and I was afraid it wouldn't be quite to my liking. Wow if I had only known how narrow minded and wrong I was.

If it weren't for this opportunity, my husband and I on our own probably would have chosen a different restaurant and missed out on such a wonderful dining experience.

As soon as we walked in we were greeted by an incredibly friendly staff and seated outside in one of their lovely cabanas.

The air was a perfect temperature and City Centre had live music across the way... it was starting to feel like a scene from a romantic movie.

My husband and I looked at the menu for a few minutes, but we were stuck between a few different options.

Vladimir our waiter suggested we choose the Tender Braised Asian Pork Pot Roast with Chinese Spinach & Pineapple Chutney.

To say "he knew what he was talking about" would be an understatement, but before I get ahead of myself I can't forget to tell you about the Roti Prata.

I can't believe I have been missing out on this my whole life. Do you see those crispy layers? That's heaven somewhere in the middle there.

It's no secret that I am a carb fan, but this is on a whole other level that any other bread, pastry I have ever had.

The Roti Prata comes with a curry that is also top notch, and you don't want to miss it.

I loved this so much that I have now found a recipe online and plan on making this at home.

Unfortunately we don't have a STRAITS Restaurant in Utah or you would find me there every week eating one of these.

I will be sure to let you know how my homemade version turns out.

This was our main course; the Tender Braised Asian Pork Pot Roast with Chinese Spinach & Pineapple Chutney. My mouth is watering just thinking about it right now.

Doesn't it look amazing, my pictures don't even do it justice. The combination of the Chutney and the Pot Roast flavors were heavenly.

I swear they must have had this baby roasting all day, because it was a challenge for it not to melt before it even hit my tongue.

I have never had such succulent and soft pork.

And if you are looking to spend a little less, they encourage ordering dishes to share; family style.

My husband and I shared this, and it was definitely enough for the both of us.

Don't skimp out on dessert! Your sweet tooth will never forgive you...

CHOCOLATE LAVA CAKE - I savored every last bite. The perfect complement to an amazing dinner.

Slightly crunchy outer shell and rich warm chocolate on the inside that comes pouring out once you dig in for that first bite.

If you prefer something with less chocolate (I will try not to judge) you could try the Cheesecake Egg Rolls, like my husband did.

Super moist and rich cheesecake filling wrapped up and dusted with sugar.

I would highly recommend sitting outside, I don't want to sound really old lol, but the music inside was really loud and nothing beats eating incredible food out in the fresh air.

To give you an idea of how friendly they are STRAITS, the manager John came over to our table to make sure we were enjoying our meal, not because I was doing a review on the food, but because it's what he does.

He lives for this restaurant and he genuinely wants to make sure every customer is happy, but this motto doesn't stop at the Houston location this is a huge part of the STRAITS every day.

STRAITS is owned and operated by noted restaurateur, Chris Yeo. “It has always been my dream to have a restaurant to make people happy! Food is my passion and through food I make people smile!” he says.

STRAITS Restaurant Group strives to leave a memorable impression by meeting every guest’s individual needs through great food, environment and genuine service.

Few people know that Chris Yeo began his career as a hairdresser and was once more familiar with cutting hair than steaming dumplings.

Had he not given up his blow-dryer for butane burners, foodies across the country wouldn’t have him to thank for bringing authentic yet modern Singaporean and Chinese cuisine to today’s dining landscape.

So if you happen to be near or pass by Straits Restaurant take a lesson from me; step inside, meet some incredibly friendly people and open your palate to some of the best cuisine you will ever have.

You can also check out their Facebook page for all their latest events and news.

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