Spring Time Means Sneezes and Sniffles

It's spring time and that means only one thing. Tons of tissues, sneezing, coughing and runny noses. Most of us, more importantly children can't enjoy spring because they will get itchy eyes, watery eyes, sneezing and runny noses. Did you know that non-drowsy Children's Claritin Syrup can provide 24 hours of non-drowsy relief from allergies.

It's also available over the counter, no prescription needed. It's also grape flavored, a flavor kids love!

Here are some other tips for manging your children's allergies:

  1. Keep windows closed, pollen is carried by the wind.
  2. Keep your house smoke free.
  3. Change your air filter frequently.
  4. Help protect against mold. Clean your shower and tubs regularly.
  5. Change your child's clothes after playing outdoors.
Check out Claritin on Facebook and Twitter.

Guess, what! I have a giveaway with this post! One lucky reader will win a $3.00 coupon off any Non-Drowsy Children's Claritin, 4 ounce syrup or 10 count or larger pack!
All you need to do is leave me a comment, about your favorite part of spring. Win additional entries by mentioning it on twitter, using my name @JessicaLea81 or by becoming a follower of my blog!

Good luck! Giveaway ends Friday, April 6, 2012.

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Fruit Allergies

People are ALWAYS perplexed about my food allergies. I'm pretty much allergic to every single fruit, vegetable and nut there is. I can eat watermelon, cantaloupe, honeydew and grapes. For vegetables I can only eat lettuce fresh. Sometimes cucumbers, depends on the time of year. Everything else has to be baked, cooked or boiled or processed for me to eat.

Whenever I tell people this, they give me a side eye. Because it's not very explainable. In this month's Family Circle Magazine they had a great explanation that I wanted to share with my readers!

First, I'm allergic to pollen, very allergic. So eating raw fruits, vegetables, and nuts cause a reaction in in me, that causes me to get swollen lips, itchy mouth, and a scratchy throat that can close. It's called oral allergy syndrome. Many people don't realize that pollen and produce contain similar proteins and what happens is the immune system can't tell the difference.

I happen to be allergic to all three these;
  1. Ragweed, which also makes me allergic to bananas, cucumbers, melon(which I'm not thankfully), kiwi fruit and zucchini.
  2. Birch, which also makes me allergic to apples, almonds, carrots, celery, cherries, hazelnuts, kiwi fruit, peaches, pears and plums.
  3. Grass, which also makes me allergic to celery, melons, oranges, peaches and tomatoes.

Hopefully this helps clear up some air about food and fruit allergies and how they are related!


Walmart Bake Off

*Winner is Kristi! Congrats!*
Are you looking for new recipes for your weekly dinners or an extra special dessert to share with your family? Well look no further,
Bake-Off.com now has 100 new recipes from Pillsbury Bake-Off finalist from across the USA! There are a ton of recipes, from breakfast, appetizers, dinner and desserts!

  • Head to your local Walmart where you can find great savings on refrigerated Pillsbury products including: Pillsbury Original Crescent Rolls, Pillsbury Cinnamon Rolls, Pillsbury Pie Crust, and Pillsbury Cookies among other items
  • Don’t forget to check everydaysaver.com/Walmart before you head to your nearest Walmart to find additional coupons and offers

Having trouble deciding which of these mouthwatering recipes to make first? Here are just a few of the delicious ones available on BakeOff.com:

Before you head out to Walmart check out everydaysaver.com/walmart.
You can also check out Walmart on Facebook. And also Twitter!

And guess what, there's a prize in it for you! One lucky reader will win a $25 gift card to Walmart, all you need to do is leave me a comment with the recipe you would make from Bake-off.com! Earn extra entries by posting this to twitter,using hash tag #myblogspark and JessicaLea81. Also stay tuned to see what recipe I created from Bake-off.com!

You have till next Friday, March 23 to leave a comment! Good luck!

"Disclosure: The gift card, information, and giveaway have been provided by Walmart and General Mills, through MyBlogSpark."


'Inside the Crayon Box"

Just in case you missed last weeks "Inside the Crayon Box" with Lisa Loeb, you can watch the full video here!

Praying for Lauren

About 4-5 years ago, when I got engaged I decided to check out The Knot, if you aren't familiar with it, it's a wedding planning website. On there they have message boards where you can talk to anyone about every aspect of weddings. They also have monthly boards, where you could meet other brides that were getting married the same month as you. Little did I know that when I logged on to The October 2008 Knot board, would I form relationships with these other girls that at the time I had no clue who they were. 4 years later and we all still share an amazing bond. We still talk to one another everyday, some of us have formed friendships off of the board and get together. We've been through a lot together. Ups and down in marriages, divorces, and the most special the birth our children and our pregnancies.

Like I said this is an AMAZING group of women. Sure, we are a group of women and don't always agree, but in the end when one of us needs another, support, anything, we are there for one another. I'm still amazed everyday at the bond we share.

One of our members, Jackie, who blogs at Meeting Lauren, a blog about the joys of expecting a daughter who happens to have Down Syndrome, recently gave birth to her adorable and amazing little girl Lauren, in fact she just turned a month old!

Unfortunately, this precious little girl has to have open heart surgery next week. Please support and think of Jackie and her family at this time. If you want steal the code and put the badge that Margaret from Mind Full Mommy made this adorable badge!


Join Lisa Loeb and Crayola!

Creativity matters. It´s a skill that all children can learn and when it´s practiced every day, kids become the critical thinkers, problem solvers, and leaders in the classroom, and they´re better prepared for professions of the 21st century.

Crayola wants every child to be creatively alive, so they´re inviting parents "Inside the Crayon Box," for a special live chat with celebrities and trusted parenting experts that will inspire and spark ideas to expand your child´s creative thinking. If you find yourself looking for new ways to inspire your children to express their ideas and build their creativity, you´ll want to join us to learn and share!

The first "Inside the Crayon Box" live chat is Wednesday, March 7 at 9 p.m. EST. Join Crayola and musician, children´s author and mom, Lisa Loeb for a 45-minute live streaming video chat on the Crayola Facebook Page. Lisa, best-known for her number one hit "Stay (I Missed You)," will share as personal stories, practical advice and ways she brings a little creative play into every day for her daughter. We want to hear from you - participants can ask Lisa questions during the event, too! We hope you will share the information about the first Crayola "Inside the Crayon" live chat with your readers on or before Wednesday, March 7th so they may plan to attend as well.

Interested in the topics to be covered during the chat?
  • Why Does Creativity Matter? Creativity is not about who´s the best artists or becoming an architect. It´s a way of thinking that encourages kids´ original ideas and develops their confidence.
  • Growing Up Creative. Lisa will share stories about growing up in a home where creativity was encouraged.
  • Simple Tips. Easy Ideas. Like most moms, Lisa juggles a lot. She´ll share simple, easy ways she sparks her daughter´s creativity as part of their daily routine.
Check out these videos:


Also, be sure to check out Lisa’s book Lisa Loeb’s Silly Sing-Along: The Disappointing Pancake and Other Zany Songs (Sterling Children’s Books, 2011) available at Barnes & Noble and Amazon.com. Sing, laugh, and play with pop Lisa in this fabulous collection of ten of the silliest songs ever. Fun activities, games, and recipes accompany whimsical songs. Take Lisa's Silly Sing-Along with you wherever you go and get the high-spirited good times started. Includes a 10-song CD recorded by Lisa!

Disclosure: This information has been provided by Crayola through MyBlogSpark.