A Donation of 5 Million Period Products by U by Kotex

This post is sponsored by U by Kotex but the content and opinions expressed here are my own.

1 in 4 women have struggled to purchase period products in the past year due to lack of income. See the donation that helps! #ad #WithUSheCan #UbKAndWalmart

I’ve written in the past about a local women’s shelter in my small city that has impacted Scarlet deeply.

It was her idea to donate a brand new teddy bear to the shelter after hearing that she could be helping a little boy or girl badly in need of a friend, and a cuddle. Since we visited the shelter’s office last year, she asks me a lot about when we can go back or if we can visit the women and children in the shelter. While I have to tell her that we won’t go into their living space, we can think of new and creative ways to help, and new and creative gifts to donate. She gave me an idea.

1 in 4 women have struggled to purchase period products in the past year due to lack of income. See the donation that helps! #ad #WithUSheCan #UbKAndWalmart

What if we could find out what this shelter, and other shelters were most in need of, and put together a holiday stocking filled with those items? I thought this was an incredible idea, so I turned straight to Google, as well as to a friend who manages a particular organization. Scarlet and I wrote out our shopping list, went to Walmart, and used our brains and hearts to fill stockings for those most in need of the items we hand-picked. It was a hard task for me, because I tend to over-think everything and want to DO everything, but Scarlet gently reminded me of our task at hand. It’s important.

1 in 4 women have struggled to purchase period products in the past year due to lack of income. See the donation that helps! #ad #WithUSheCan #UbKAndWalmart

This year, I’m excited that the tradition will continue, although this year we know about period poverty, and we never had before. We learned that 1 in 4 women have struggled to purchase period supplies/products in the past year due to lack of income. And have learned that U by Kotex® is proud to be the founding sponsor of The Alliance for Period Supplies.

This is a new national organization, founded in May of this year, that helps ensure that individuals in need have access to essential period products required to participate fully in daily life. Their mission is to raise awareness of the millions of women living in poverty who miss out on daily life because they lack access to period supplies. The Alliance for Period Supplies also supports the nationwide development and expansion of community-based period supply initiatives capable of providing a reliable supply of period products to individuals in need. They also distribute period supplies and funding to community partners as well as to community-based period supply initiatives.

1 in 4 women have struggled to purchase period products in the past year due to lack of income. See the donation that helps! #ad #WithUSheCan #UbKAndWalmart

Not only that, they advocate for legislative changes to make period supplies more accessible and affordable, regardless of income. Remember the October buy, give program? They will be thanking participants for participating in that for the entire month of November. They want to recap the donation made by UbK and Walmart – 5 million period products to women in need! And Walmart donated $25K to the Alliance of Period Supplies. For every purchase of U by Kotex – U by Kotex will donate 2 products.

1 in 4 women have struggled to purchase period products in the past year due to lack of income. See the donation that helps! #ad #WithUSheCan #UbKAndWalmart

And this is a big way of saying thank you.

1 in 4 women have struggled to purchase period products in the past year due to lack of income. See the donation that helps! #ad #WithUSheCan #UbKAndWalmart

I get my U by Kotex at Walmart! You can use grocery pickup or walk into the store. Either way, it’s a great time of year to start helping with the donation. Remember, For every purchase of U by Kotex – U by Kotex will donate 2 products!

They’re saying thank you by giving you a Motrin and UbK ibotta offer HERE.

1 in 4 women have struggled to purchase period products in the past year due to lack of income. See the donation that helps! #ad #WithUSheCan #UbKAndWalmart

Have you heard of the buy to give donation?

1 in 4 women have struggled to purchase period products in the past year due to lack of income. See the donation that helps! #ad #WithUSheCan #UbKAndWalmart

5 Ways to Crush Health and Fitness Goals This Holiday Season

This post was sponsored by Optimum Nutrition as part of an Influencer Activation and all opinions expressed in my post are my own.

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Can you believe it’s already time to celebrate the holidays?

Even though they feel so far away, they’re not! Thanksgiving is only a little over two weeks away. Hanukkah and Christmas are really not that far behind that! And don’t get me started on New Year’s Eve. We spend days upon days with our dear friends from Chicago – lying on the couch, watching movies, reading, and having a foodie extravaganza. No holidays are off-limits for rich foods and taking it easy. And to some extent, those relaxation and feasting days are crucial to my family.

That said, it’s all about the holiday season and all of those in-between days.

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It’s not just the holidays themselves – there’s a reason it’s a whole season! It’s weeks of parties and cookies in the breakroom. For me it’s hours of working and sitting in a chair. Endless hours of editing photos, writing blog posts, editing drafts. Not to mention that my favorite park to go to with my dogs is completely iced over by December. Sometimes even in October and November! That’s my favorite way to exercise. Ultimately I love to be outside all year long. You can see why:

I have so many fun health and fitness tips for the holiday season, though. I’m super inspired to share them because they’ve worked for me. It’s wonderful to find the fitness tips and on-the-go sources of protein to help attain these goals.

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5 Ways to Crush Health and Fitness Goals This Holiday Season:

1 – Make exercise a priority by scheduling it. Things are more hectic during the holidays, no doubt, so treat exercise like appointments and meetings. Try adding it to your calendar and make it a goal to exercise for 30 minutes, 3-5 days a week.

2 – Hydrate, and then hydrate some more. You should be drinking about eight, 8-oz glasses of water a day – but maybe a little more or less depending on your body weight. One thing I do is keep a 64 ounce water jug near me. I fill it in the morning and then monitor how much of it is gone by the end of the day. However you measure your water, find a way that works for you.

3 – Be social at holiday parties. I know that I can be the center of attention, or a wallflower, and I don’t always know which side of me will come out. When feeling wallflower-like, I’m probably more likely to be at the food and beverage table so I can avoid eye contact, and I can look busy. Don’t do that! Look for people doing that, and introduce yourself. Start a game, start a discussion, or start a dance party. That helps with fitness too! Dancing is the best exercise EVER.

And such fun too!

4 – Seek alternate gifts to baking. Chances are that while you’re baking, you taste test and then eat the samples too. Instead, make non-food gifts or make fun food gifts that are in jars, or boxes, and don’t invite sampling.

5 – Shop well for yourself, concerning food this time of year. Stock your fridge with healthy produce and your pantry with healthy snacks. Make healthy snacking convenient for you, by having awesome on-the-go options at the ready.

I believe it’s super important to focus on health and wellness, all year long. It’s always important to me, and some times of year just make it more challenging. Summer has humidity here on the east coast, and that can make outdoors exercise hard. The holiday season has ice and rain and early sunsets to thwart outdoor exercise, and tons of culinary temptation everywhere you look. That said you can take control of this time of year, and Optimum Nutrition can help. I pick them up at Walmart and they help me with my health and fitness goals. There’s so much to love about each and every option.

You can now snack better during the holidays with delicious Optimum Nutrition ready-to-eat protein options, like Protein Almonds, Protein Crisps, and Protein Cake Bites. These products are all perfect, on-the-go sources of protein to help you reach your health and fitness goals. They’re at Walmart, at an amazing everyday low price! Here are my favorites:

Protein Crisps!

They have 20 grams of protein per Bar, as well as a delicious, light and crispy texture. They have 240 calories, and 6-7 grams of fat. The flavors are Peanut Butter Crunch and Salted Toffee Pretzel. They’re unique, crispy and high in protein. They also have great tastes and are such an awesome way to get more protein in your day this holiday season, and beyond.

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Protein Cake Bites!

Well, these are super fun! Have your cake and protein too. There are four fun flavors: Birthday Cake, Red Velvet, Chocolate Frosted Donut, and Peanut Butter Chocolate. There are 20 grams of protein per serving of 3 cakes, as well as 2-3 grams of sugar per 3 cakes. They are indulgent, satisfying whipped cakes, and a 63 gram serving of 3 is under 250 calories.

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Protein Almonds!

These are so cool. I take them everywhere! They have 2x the protein of regular coated almonds and are delectably dipped in a whey enriched confection coating and dusted with cocoa. Each serving provides 10 grams of protein per 43mg serving to support nutrition goals. They are 230 calories per serving, with 1-2 grams of sugar, and no artificial colors or flavors. They come in Dark Chocolate Truffle and Cinnamon Roll. YUM.

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The new Optimum Nutrition products are available in-store at Walmart. Click here for more info on Protein Almonds, click here for more info on Protein Crisps, and click here for more info on those yummy, awesome Protein Cake Bites!

So, what are your favorite ways to crush health and fitness goals for the holidays?