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

Scarlet was an easy baby, to put it mildly. Even from the start, I didn’t have any morning sickness or complications with her pregnancy. She was born on her due date, serene and weighing in at 7 pounds, 9 ounces, and she could be held by anyone. When the pediatrician told us to call if baby Scarlet ever cried for more than an hour, we laughed because we had never heard her cry for more than five minutes. She could sleep anywhere, eat anything, and she completed her milestones on the early side of normal. I believe she is the reason parents decide to have a second child, because we originally wanted one!

(Easy babies sometimes grow up to be kids with sassy haircuts and a willingness to pose with product samples.)

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Now Des was a different story. Of course most of you know the mellow and completely happy three-year-old he came to be. It wasn’t the same smooth road, though. I swear I could feel his pregnancy start a week before I was “due”, which is insane because I didn’t even know I was pregnant with Scarlet until I was already six weeks along. Sure enough, though, I had a positive pregnancy test only days in. I felt seasick and more achy and even had a few days of pregnancy-induced carpal tunnel. He was stretchy and restless and messed with my pancreas just enough to mess up a few glucose tests, before deciding I wasn’t to have gestational diabetes. Thanks, Des. My water broke without my knowledge and this, coupled with having a cautious doctor, landed him in the NICU for six days on antibiotics. And that gave him a sensitive stomach for the first six months of his life. He cried a lot for the first four. What a different baby he was. And what a different kid he is.

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He was born in June, and we spent the summer traveling to Cape Cod or on mini road trips. Des even made his tiny debut at Tanglewood – where he slept through two hours of orchestra music! As a new mom of two kids, I spent my fair share of those early days taking care of the kids not feeling well. Scarlet had a bad cough for much of that first month, and Des had a sensitive stomach. I don’t know where I would have been without my #LittleRemedies Gripe Water & Gas Relief Drops. With many summer plans on our horizon, I made sure to include #LittleRemedies safe and gentle formulas in my diaper bag.

I still do, actually.

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Registered dietician, Bridget Swinney (@eatrightmama), made a great infographic with gassy baby tips:

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Little Remedies® products are made to support the health and well-being of infants and children of all ages. The company believes that “less is more” so they make each of their products with the fewest and most natural ingredients, without sacrificing the effectiveness of the products. They do not contain any artificial flavors, colors or alcohols, and are created with the very specific needs of children in mind. (even my picky medicine takers will take the drops) The Gas Drops relieve tummy pain from excess gas quickly. The Gripe Water eases tummy pain for infants, and helps with upset stomachs.

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Do you have a baby with a lot of gas, hiccups or stomach pain? What do you do to ease it?

Back to School Shopping Like a Boss.

Did I really just say “like a boss”?

There’s certainly a first time for everything. No doubt I have seen people use the term before, but I was never really sure I did anything “like a boss.” Until I became a mother. I think I gave birth “like a boss.” Twice, in fact. I nursed both kids “like a boss.” I have gone through their recent birthdays “like a boss.” I recently potty-trained my son “like a boss” and for real – I never thought I’d be able to accomplish anything of the sort and I thought that I’d be crying and calling my husband to come home instantly. In fact, I survived. I thrived. My son deserves most of the credit, though. He potty-trained “like a boss.”

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Parenting is not normally a “like a boss” thing for me. In fact, it is fraught with worries and questions and obstacles around every corner. It’s no mistake to myself or to my blog readers, that I’ve had a really hard time with the school transitions. I didn’t think I’d survive last September when Scarlet went to kindergarten and Des went to daycare for the first time. Survive, I did, and I could even say I parented during the school transition “like a boss” or at least like something boss-like.

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While kindergarten was hard FOR ME, it wasn’t hard for Scarlet. She thrived. Of course, kindergarten still has naptime and stuffies at our school. There was no homework and no need for school supplies. Well, guess what? That ended for me in June, and now I’m looking at my first summer of back to school shopping. Of course when I first started seeing “back to school” signs in stores, and “back to school” tips on Pinterest, I balked. Who wants to think about back to school when it’s sunny and July and I’m at Cape Cod in a bathing suit? I certainly don’t, and I’m back to school phobic as it is. I prefer to deny and avoid.

Or cry while listening to Don Henley’s “Boys of Summer.”

Something changed for me this year, though. I was given the chance to do my “back to school with Walmart”, for some one-stop shopping. The bonus is that I was able to get extra Box Tops for education on the paper products we need for our home anyway. (and we need a LOT of paper towels from Walmart) Des and I dropped Scarlet off at summer camp in the morning and then went to Walmart. I was a little nervous to be back to school shopping for the first time but it was very easy for me.

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We got everything we needed in only 20 minutes. (this may or may not have included Supergirl underwear for Scarlet and chocolate for Des..I mean.. me) Mainly I stuck to my list and was happy that all of my paper products were in one place. I was able to get Kleenex, Viva paper towels and Scott Extra Soft toilet paper at Walmart. All of the paper products we needed anyway gave us those wonderful extra Box Tops for education. There are so many students in my daughter’s grade and her school. If every parent turned in those Box Tops, the school would earn a lot of money, and we all know how needed that is.

You can share how you go back to school like a boss too. Learn more about BTS at Walmart HERE, and then share your stories and tips on your social media channels – using the hashtag #BTSLikeABoss. You could be featured on the website!

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So tell me – how do you #BTSLikeABoss?

Today’s post is sponsored by Kimberly Clark, but my love for their BTS option is all my own!