Life by Cynthia

Wednesday, May 18, 2016

Being Sick Sucks #SickJustGotReal

When sick gets real: which is worse? A sick kid missing a school day or a sick kid missing out on summer fun? Answer: BOTH! Whether you are a kid or an adult, being sick sucks.

VERY soon school will be out for the summer! We are very excited even though we don't have much of a game plan set. We are winging it. Our plan: no stress and have as much FUN as we can. One thing is for sure: being sick is not one of those things on our list! We want to enjoy every single day of summer break.

Pfizer Consumer Healthcare sent over their Pediatric Platform products to have on hand if our kiddo gets sick. Honestly, we hope that we don't have to use them. Having them on hand does offer some peace of mind.


When you are a mom and your child is sick, it is easily one of the WORST feelings in the world. We try our best to keep our little ones healthy. My toughest early mommy moments was when my tiny one had a cold or the flu. It didn't happen often, but when it did - it broke my heart. Too young to take any medication. For a first time mom (like I was) it was tough to watch him ride it out. Holding my little guy was the ONLY thing that made him feel better. I would sit up with him so that he could breathe easier and find comfort in my arms. We did use a humidifier when needed, offered a lot of fluids, and encouraged him to just rest. I've learned to rely on prevention and use of products to take at the first signs of sickness to reduce the length and severity of colds.


Once our child hit preschool we came to accept that germs happen. He is a trooper and didn't often get sick. Thank goodness for a strong immune system.  During Kindergarten he did catch more colds but only missed classes a handful of times. He hated missing school. He loves his classmates and his teachers. With just a few weeks left, we are shooting for zero sick days for the rest of the school year! We don't plan on missing our Monday morning assembly!



Our guy will be in first grade soon and now meets the recommended age for most over the counter children's medication. The hope is that we will not be needing them, but we now have some on hand for just in case. I am thankful for a great pediatrician who eased our nerves when it comes to common colds and illness during childhood. As our son gets older he is just more exposed than in the past: the playground, at school, at birthday parties, play dates...

Lets keep the hope that your children (and mine) will be well. Sadly, kids get sick, no matter how much you do to prevent it. When sick gets real in your house, Pfizer Pediatric wants to help you to be prepared for the fevers, coughs, and colds. Target has all of the Pfizer Pediatric products to fight against the “ick’s” and “ew’s” that bring your kids down. They have 3 solutions to tackle the ickiest of symptoms: Infants’ and Children’s Advil®, Children’s Robitussin®, and Children’s Dimetapp®. All of the products are available at your favorite Target store.


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Disclosure:  The Pfizer Pediatric Platform products, information, and additional gift pack have been provided by Pfizer Consumer Healthcare. All thoughts are my own.

Friday, April 29, 2016

Mother's Day Movie

The buzz is out about Garry Marshall's Mother's Day Movie. The movie is in theaters now. I saw the movie a bit early. I was invited to a media screening prior to the official movie release date. I was VERY excited about Mother's Day. This was a movie that I wanted to fall in love with. I had thoughts of taking my sister and my mom! I wanted celebrate the "mother of all holidays". That just didn't happen for me. I think that I will make other plans...



The movie is packed with a star-studded ensemble. Jennifer Aniston, Kate Hudson, Julia Roberts and Jason Sudeikis. I'm a sucker for Pretty Little Liars so I was excited to see that Shay Miller was in this one! Let's not forget Hector Elizondo, Timothy Olyphant, Britt Robertson, and Jack Whitehall. The actors were great. The movie, to me, not so great.




I don't want to give away too much because you really need to see for yourself. You may have plans to take your mom to see it. I don't want to squash your plans. I may be WAY off on this movie. Please don't let me sway you. I am still processing my thoughts on this one. I might have to see it again as I feel like I missed something. What did I miss? Was it great and I just didn't catch it?

Simply put: I didn't love it.  There were parts that I liked.  My husband didn't like it much at all - and he can appreciate a good rom-com.  I just didn't have a great experience. I didn't laugh like I thought I would. I didn't run home and tell my sister that we HAVE to go see it together once it is out. For me it was pretty flat. Perhaps my expectations were just too high.

My less than stellar review could be due to a headache on the night of the screening. It could also be that my movie experience was affected by the annoyed feeling that I carried because the lady in front of me decided to be super-generous in applying her gardenia perfume. Seriously, I was nauseous. It was overpowering. Distracting. I wish that I followed the lead of the nice woman sitting next to me. She was smart and moved a few rows away. Oh, she might have still smelled it anyway. I'm not sure if a seat change would have made the comedy bits more funny.

I understand that inclusion is a great thing. I can appreciate that the movie depicts many types of moms:  divorced/single mom, same sex moms, young mom, expectant mom, Mr. Mom (a widower), mom in a mixed raced marriage, a brand new step mom, grandmothers, gym moms, working mom - you get it ALL sorts of moms. That's GREAT! I did NOT expect to see racist, homophobic mom... Sure, I get it that this type of mom exists out there. It brought some brutal honesty to the mix. I just didn't prepare myself for that. I was caught a bit off guard and can't say that I enjoyed seeing that. I am happy that it turned around for the best in the end. Just don't be shocked (like I was) when that comes up on the big screen.

There were some definite highlights for me. I am a fan Pretty Little Liars, so watching Shay Miller was a treat. I am also a fan of the TV Series Life Unexpected. I loved Britt Robertson as Lux Cassidy in the series. I was thrilled to see her on the big screen. Julia Roberts and Hector Elizondo: I LOVE the homage to Pretty Woman. You'll see. It's subtle but awesome.

I may have just expected way too much. I honestly wanted to laugh to the point that I could be in an LBL commercial. This movie wasn't "almost pee in your pants a little from laughing too hard" funny. I even wanted to cry a little. I did shed a tear, so there are touching moments. I must admit that I giggled here and there. I think that I even LOL'd once. It just wasn't as funny as I wished it would be. I did enjoy Jason Sudeikis' salmon colored pants and karaoke version of "The Humpty Dance". Or maybe The Humpy Dance just brought back nostalgic memories for me...

As I mentioned, my husband attended the movie screening with me. I couldn't get much out of him for an opinion. It went unsaid but I do know that he wished I brought my sister or a friend instead. I know him well and he didn't like it.

Maybe I need to see it again to appreciate it. Please let me know what you think when you see it.

Don't get me wrong I didn't hate the movie. I even liked it little. I just didn't LOVE it.



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