7 Ways to Welcome a New Year as a Family

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I’m proud to be partnering with ScriptSave® WellRx in the New Year, as my family has used them for the past six months. We’re excited to welcome a new year and find all of the ways you can stay active, healthy, and close for your 2018!

Are you looking to make great New Year's resolutions and stay active and healthy and happy with your family? Here are 7 ways to welcome in a new year as a family! AD @ScriptSave

It seems like only yesterday that I started using ScriptSave® WellRx back in the summer before school started.

I got such a great perspective of how to get organized and inspired for a new school year. It was Des’ first year in elementary school, and Scarlet was starting third grade. I was almost unbearably nervous at the thought of two in school. Two sets of paperwork, two little immune systems to help protect, two new wardrobes, two backpacks, two lunch boxes, two water bottles, etc. You get the idea! I needed to get organized in order to feel less nervous about the transition.

I’m happy to say that it worked.

Now we’re four months into the school year, which I honestly can’t believe, and I’m happy at the way my family has rolled with the punches. Now we’re at the eve of brand new changes! Next month, our long-term home renovations will finally be over. Cassidy and I will have a finished bedroom and bathroom, and we’ll be splitting up the kids and giving them their own rooms. These seem like such big changes! At work, Cassidy is as busy as ever and has big resolutions for his own health and for his company. Me? I’m still managing the family and my three jobs and focused more than ever on taking care of myself, and thus, taking care of my family even better than before. It’s time to welcome this new year of 2018 as a family.

Here are 7 Ways to Welcome a New Year as a Family:

1 – Get your medical info organized, schedule your annual medical appointments, and learn all about our favorite time and money saving app for your prescription medications. And that’s with ScriptSave WellRx. When I used their website to search for discounts where we live, in Northampton, MA, I couldn’t believe the opportunities I found to save time and money. I had been skeptical when I first downloaded the app onto my phone, but I soon realized how wrong I had been.

This (below image) is a functioning savings card from ScriptSave WellRx! You can save the image on your computer or even take a screenshot on your phone to show at the pharmacy when you go fill a prescription! It’s so easy. Don’t wait!

Want to hear more? The ScriptSave WellRx card/app is free to download – so nothing ventured and nothing gained. It requires no credit card details to be entered, and there is no membership fee. Also, there is no way to pay more than you would have done without the program. In the worst case, you get no discount, although you’ll be getting no discount with the peace of mind that you KNOW you’re getting the lowest price available in your area. It can be draining and time-consuming to price shop, especially for something as important as medications. We also made our annual wellness appointments in advance. I had already downloaded the ScriptSave WellRx app, so we were already saving time and money on prescription medications. I feel more prepared.

Are you looking to make great New Year's resolutions and stay active and healthy and happy with your family? Here are 7 ways to welcome in a new year as a family! AD @ScriptSave

Recently the ScriptSave WellRx website and mobile app were updated to include brand-new functionality that I find useful for my family. They have “Medicine Chest Pricing” that allows a patient to enter the details of multiple prescriptions at the same time, and then click the “Price-check” button to see either the one single pharmacy that offers the lowest “one-stop price” OR the specific combination of pharmacies that will provide the lowest individual price for each single prescription. Amazing! You can also save all of your prescription to a secure “virtual medicine chest” for easy repricing every month. Using this will unlock access to pill reminders and refill reminders right within the mobile app. I’m astounded at both the money and time I’ve saved since the summer with ScriptSave WellRx. And that’s much more time and money to use for doing what matters.

Think about how fast, easy and free it is to unlock savings. Just the way you do that with flights or hotel rooms, you can “unlock” all prices at your local pharmacies on one screen. It’s important to know the cash price for your prescriptions, regardless of whether you have insurance or not. Sometimes, your insurance copay can be more expensive than buying medications without insurance. Knowledge is power in this case. Be informed and it won’t cost you a thing! Also, prescription prices can change daily and can vary in price at different pharmacies. You’ll have the best info.

I love how the arrival of a new year motivates us to make better choices and renew our commitment to self-care. The ScriptSave WellRx prescription savings program helps my family immeasurably. And here are our 6 other new year tips:

2 – Catch a sunrise together! You’ll have to bundle up for it, but we make a point to do this every January.

3 – Be a tourist in your own city, or one close to you. I love to read the articles of tourist attractions in Northampton (our city) and then go do those things with my family – either for the first time, or as if it’s our first time!

4 – Get outside as a family. Find a mild day or bundle up safely and go for a family walk, a family hike, family cross country skiing, or family snow tubing. It’s important to get that outdoors time together, even in the winter.

5 – Have an impromptu dinner party with neighbors. We had one just the other day with our neighbors three doors down. Our daughters were having an epic play date while we had tea and coffee together. That led to a delicious dinner.

6 – Make lists and check them off. It feels so good to be productive! Write down your appointments, schedules, renovations, shopping lists, etc. And don’t forget the wonders of using the ScriptSave WellRx app on your weekly to do list.

7 – Be intentional, of course, and go easy on yourself too! Self-care doesn’t mean to stop doing what you have to do – but it means doing it with more feeling and smarts. Enter the Invite Code: Camera when registering for your ScriptSave WellRx card or installing their mobile app. Link to do so HERE.

How do you welcome a new year?

This is a sponsored post written by me on behalf of ScriptSave® WellRx.

5 Tips When You’re Trying to Conceive

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I don’t know about you, but I’ve been around a lot of newborn babies lately!

My brother and his wife welcomed their third baby, Joey, in September. My sister had a baby last week and since then, I’ve already visited twice, driving back and forth to New Jersey! My friend Heather had a baby that I photographed. My little sister is welcoming a baby in early March, and one of my oldest friends had a baby over Thanksgiving. Actually, that’s just the tip of the iceberg. Several more friends are expecting or have just had babies. And in my busy career as a portrait photographer for children, I’m always honored and humbled to photograph babies. It’s pretty much the best thing ever.

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It’s been enough to put a third baby in my brain, and to take action. You see, Scarlet, my first baby, wasn’t planned. She was the happiest surprise ever, but I never went through the experience of wishing and hoping and waiting. For my second baby, Des, we got more strategic with Clearblue®. We were quite happy nine months later! It amazes me how different things were between the first two. Like pediatrician recommendations for high-allergy foods. The things we used to help with sleep. The gadgets. The monitors. And the toys! It was enough to make my head spin. A lot changed in three years.

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It wasn’t just me gaining confidence, but it was technology. When I had Scarlet, I used to nurse her while reading a book or occasionally watching a TV show. By the time I had Des, smart phones were the norm. That doesn’t mean I used it all the time, but those options continued to grow. We had thought we wanted one kid, and then Scarlet turned two and we agreed on another. We were SO sure we were going to stick with two, or at least I was sure, but things started to change when Des was in preschool. We realized we were now in the “having big(ger) kids club.”

I love naps and sippy cups and library hour. I love story time and routine and the smell of milk and cookies. It sounds silly but it’s a powerful stage for me – it brings out something in myself I never knew existed. I know there are extreme advantages to kids of all ages, but once my mind changed, I couldn’t shake it. I’m older now, though, and I don’t have as much time now.

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For me, being strategic has a whole new meaning these days – like discovering the Clearblue® Connected Ovulation Test System. Now planning for our next child will be easier, perhaps more than I imagined. In some cases, there’s no such thing as too much information. There’s knowledge you can use to go forward with your adventures. I’m so happy I have this test system, as well as these 5 tips I’ve been using to get ready for life’s next adventure – whenever/wherever it will be:

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5 Tips When You’re Trying to Conceive:

1 – Have a preconception checkup. Or I should say – checkups. For me, that meant a trip to my regular doctor, my OB, and my dentist too. Believe it or not, dental health is also connected. In fact, I went to all three doctors in one week! Yikes.

2 – Look after yourself. It’s of course important to maintain a healthy weight, drink more water, eat fruits and vegetables, take vitamins and supplements, and know your cycle, Also, make sure you are de-stressing and practicing self-care.

3 – Don’t forget your relationship. That one you have with your partner, spouse, significant other, etc.? It’s pretty much the most crucial part of this process. Take care of it like the valuable gem it is. You will need to rely on each other.

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4 – Find success stories. I used to keep track of them in a notebook, believe it or not. I need to hear the good stories and the successes. Each story is unique, but tips and techniques can always work for more than one family.

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5 – Discover new technology like the Clearblue® Connected Ovulation Test System. I discovered it two months ago, and it’s been enlightening to better understand my body and how it works in trying to conceive. In pairing the accuracy of the ovulation test with the convenience of an app, the Clearblue® Connected Ovulation Test System and app maximizes the chances of getting pregnant in a way like never before.

This newest offering from Clearblue® is the first and only test system to track two unique hormones now with connectivity to a smartphone, helping women get pregnant faster.[1] All cycles are different when it comes to tracking a woman’s fertility. Clearblue® accurately identifies personal fertile days using her hormone data – instead of guessing from a standardized algorithm. It typically identifies four or more fertile days per cycle.[2]

By tracking two key fertility hormones, the Clearblue® Connected Ovulation Test System typically identifies four or more best days to get pregnant, two more days than any other ovulation brand on the market[2]. The new Clearblue® Connected Ovulation gives women more flexibility and identifies more opportunities to get pregnant.

Also, a recently published study found that only 9% of free apps accurately predict the best days for conception.3 This opens a large window for error. The Clearblue® Connected Ovulation Test System gives confidence by measuring LH and E3G hormones to accurately identify the fertile period and remove any complicated guesswork, thanks to the app. It’s over 99% accurate at detecting the LH surge. This latest advancement provides unmistakably clear digital results.

The ovulation system allows us to understand and take control of fertility by connecting directly to our personal fertility info on our phones. We all have unique cycles and busy schedules – and this info at the press of a button? Priceless.

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Are you intrigued yet like I was? Make sure to find your Clearblue® Connected Ovulation Test System at U.S. retailers – such as Walmart, Target, Amazon and Meijer, and review the product on your favorite eRetailer site!

Footnotes:

1 Using the Clearblue® Connected Ovulation Test System to identify the most fertile days can help users get pregnant faster than not using any method.

2 In a study of 87 women, 4 or more fertile days were identified in 80% of cycles using actual cycle length (2012)

What do you think? Is this cool or what?

I was selected for this opportunity as a member of CLEVER and the content and opinions expressed here are all my own.