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Tuesday, April 28, 2015

Rambling at 4am

As I'm sitting here at 4 am trying to figure out what I want to say at this time in the morning is kinda hard. I know there is much that I can do like I don't know clean my house, do some laundry or heck sleep if my body would let me. Instead I'm sitting here on my chair watching The Originals. That's right I'm a huge fan of the supernatural. Who would have thought of it.

I guess I'm about to go to bed and try and get some sleep.

I hope y'all have a wonderful day and I can't wait to share with you my spring time recipe that will be posted later today.

PS. I'm awake because I work nights and can never sleep on my nights off.

PSS. If only my daughter liked to give me the same options of sleeping all night like she does my husband when I'm not home I might still be sleeping. However I do love my one on one daughter time when she does wake me up.

PSSS. Sleep is over rated right? No not right I just want to sleep :(

PSSSS. Good night.

Monday, April 27, 2015

Saving the day with Huggies Heroes

This shop has been compensated by Collective Bias, Inc. and its advertiser. All opinions are mine alone. #CVSHuggiesHeroes #CollectiveBias


With my cousins baby shower just last week I have tons of thoughts going through my head. I was her age when I had my first son Nolan and how much I had to learn from trial and error. That brings me to think about my first summer as a mom. I will never forget how much fun we had at the pools and getting to show off my chunky baby to all my friends who of course didn't have kids yet. Actually, now that I think about it, I'm still the only one with kids five years later. Let's just say I needed Huggies Little Swimmers to be my hero that day.


I had taken Nolan back home to see my mom and dad for the weekend and with it being summer all my friends I knew would be back in town as well. I was at my friend Cadi's when everyone decided it was too hot not to jump in the pool. I of course wasn't  ready to show off my new post baby body but I of course let them take Nolan into the pool. With all of us new to this whole baby thing I had nothing but a change of cloths and of course all the other baby essentials but swim diapers. I mean who would have thought he needed that right? I didn't even know that something like this existed.

Why can't he just go in the pool with his normal diaper on? That's right he can. Or at least I though he could. I will never forget. He was only in the pool for about 15-20 minutes and the only reason we decided to take him out is we noticed that something was up with his diaper. Have you ever seen what happens to a diaper when soaked/emerged in water for a long period of time?

This!


That's right. My poor baby had little balls of mushy stuff all over his little body. It had to be the funniest thing I have ever seen. I remember being kind of embarrassed from not knowing what was going on or even knowing better.

Now five years and 3 kids later I now know the right way to go swimming and it's definitely not with a regular diaper. Since this little mishap I have been using Huggies Little Swimmers to make our trips to the pool more memorable.... In all the right ways!



With summer right around the corner I love to stock up on what will be needed for those "just in case" moments for when everyone decides it time to jump in the pool. You can too. I like to pick my Little Swimmers up at CVS and use this awesome $2 off $10 Huggies coupon.



Do you have a fun story like mine? If so I would love to hear it, comment below.

Friday, April 24, 2015

How to make time for you in the middle of a busy day


   by  Sara. Nel 
Life can be pretty hectic. There’s pressure on us all the time to squeeze the most out of every hour, to be productive and to get things ‘done’. But sometimes, you need to just take a few minutes to take a break and have some ‘me time’. Mmmh, you may be thinking, sounds nice in theory, but how does that work with my reality?
Whether you’re at home with young kids who need plenty of your attention all the time, or you’re out at work and trying to make sure that you’re keeping up with targets set by your manager, generating free time for yourself isn’t always that easy. But, if you can achieve some short breaks in the day, where you’re not particularly doing anything useful, you’ll be able to carry on with the rest of your day feeling refreshed and ready to go again.
Here are a few ways you can factor in mini-breaks during a busy day:
Play a game

   by  wilhei55 
We have thousands of gaming options open to us at any time of the day thanks to the internet and smartphone apps. Grab your phone and play Candy Crush for five minutes, or sign in to an online bingo site such as bgo, Cheeky Bingo or 123 Bingo and have a quick game while you’re waiting for the kettle to boil. Games like these are absorbing yet don’t require any mental effort, so they’re ideal for switching off and zoning out. Go to a site like bgo.com/bingo and you’ll discover that there are plenty of games you can play for free, and the paid games only cost pennies anyway. Unlike old-fashioned land-based bingo, there’s no need to concentrate on the number calls. The software does that work for you. So you can just sit back and watch the game, and cross your fingers for a win.
File your nails


   by  Nichalia 



How often do you look down and feel embarrassed by the state of your nails? Take five minutes to give yourself a mini-manicure. It’s relaxing and it allows you to clear your head while you do something that will give you a little boost every time you look down and admire your neatly filed or painted nails.
Take a breather


   by  shawnzrossi 
It’s not always possible to head off for a power nap, even though that may be what you’re craving mid-afternoon. Instead, take yourself to a quiet room or space where you are unlikely to be disturbed. Close your eyes and just focus on your breathing, visualising the journey of a breath as you breathe in and out. As you unwind, your breathing will become deeper and slower. After five minutes, you’ll be able to open your eyes and feel almost as fresh as if you’d taken a 20-minute nap.
Go outdoors

   by  yellow book 
It may not be possible to find a quiet space to breathe at work, or at home. Instead, leave the building for a five-minute stroll around the block. A change of scene can really help you as it gives you a change of focus. Then you can go back to whatever you’re doing with a spring in your step.
Whatever you do for five minutes to de-stress or unwind during the day, make sure to try and fit at least one or two of these breaks in as a matter of course. You’ll feel miles better for doing so!

Spread The Love With Huggies #UltraHug #Giveaway


Over the past 5 years my husband and I have yet to go a day without diapers. Literally as soon as one was out of diapers we had another baby to join in the diaper wearing fun. Not only have we been in the stages of diapers for 5 years now we have always had our favorites. We have tried out many different diapers and many different brands and have always come to rely on one. Huggies



With other diapers we have tried none have prevented those dreaded blowouts that tend to happen at the most awkward times. For instance when Luke got dedicated. He had on his hand picked outfit that we both loved and since we at the time had a different brand diaper an explosion happened. If only we had Huggies Snug & Dry. We learned our lesson and have used only the best since then. 

Another awesome reason to choose Huggies beyond the prevention of explosive diapers (as if that wasn't reason enough) 

From April 20th until June 25th, Huggies will be accepting all selfies of you and your baby with the hashtag #UltraHug, and featuring them in a collage on the campaign landing page. On July 6th, voting will begin to narrow down the 20 finalists to 10 winners who will win a $2,000 grant from Huggies for their nominated community initiative. How awesome this that? 




• First, take a selfie of you and your baby and upload that selfie to Twitter or Instagram. Make sure to use the hashtag #UltraHug
• In your same post, make sure to include a text nomination (approximately 100 – 120 characters) including a name and/or identifying description of a community project in the US, which you would like to nominate. Make sure the community project is something near and dear to your heart.


These Huggies Snug & Dry Ultra Diapers offer long-lasting leakage protection you can count on, so you can focus on all of your baby’s daily adventures. The range of sizes fit babies from newborn to 35 lbs. Only Huggies Snug & Dry Ultra Diapers have a new, unique quilted liner to lock away wetness better.

They have a conforming, gap-free fit to keep your active baby dry throughout the day The trusted Leak Lock® System has quick-absorbing layers for up to 12 hours of protection.


Wednesday, April 22, 2015

My face is now fresh 24/7 with Neutrogena Hydro Boost

Thanks to Influenster for sponsoring this post.
Whoop, whoop. Summer is here and I'm ready to start getting in the sun and having a lot of summer fun with the kiddos. But with summer comes dry skin and with dry skin comes a need for something to keep up with not only me being active but also keeping my skin hydrated. Especially my face. This is where Neutrogena Hydro Boost comes in handy.


I feel in love with Neutrogena Hydro Boost about a month ago when I received it to give it a try. I have to say I have used it every day and have not stopped. There are so many things I love about this moisturizer. This first thing I loved is the smell. It's like opening up a dress bottle of water. If water had a smell that is. Then came the feel. It was just absolutely amazing at how amazingly smooth, not creamy the formula is.

My face is now ready for summer and every other day of the year. Freshness and smelling amazing.

Thursday, April 16, 2015

SeaWorld Just For Kids

I'm extremely excited to announce I'm a SeaWorld Texas Wildside Ambassador for the year of 2015. Which means my family and I will be taking many trips to SeaWorld and I will be bringing our experiences to you.



This past weekend my kids had the time of their life getting to visit SeaWorld for the Just For Kids event.  Not only was it the first time they visited SeaWorld but they got to meet Elmo and friends as well.  I do have to mention this was a first visit for my husband and I in many many years making this trip even more of an exciting one.


A photo posted by Erica Bodker (@ericaswalk) on
Waking up early is very normal for the boys but this day I was excited to be able to wake them up with excitement as if it was one of their birthdays.  If only I could have caught the looks on their faces.  I mean really who wakes up a sleeping 5 and 3 year old on purpose? 



Getting to the park early to have breakfast with Elmo and some of his friends from Sesame Street was quite the experience. Our oldest, Nolan,  has not stopped talking about the experience.  Once we sat down and had our breakfast, one by one each Sesame Street character came by to see the boys.



Once our stomachs were full and our boys had met their new friends we were off to see what else the park had in store for us.  Since Jared and I haven't been to sea world in such a long time we didn't know where to start. We didn't know how our boys would react to riding a roller coaster and it was something we wanted to see if they were willing to try.


Let me just put it this way. My boys have done nothing but talk about Elmo and riding a roller coaster all week. Jared and I can't wait to take them back.

On another note... SeaWorld is now offering a PhotoKey which means every picture my family takes at SeaWorld I now have access too. 


Limited Time Offer! During Just for Kids! weekends (Fri. & Sat. April 4 - 26), you get a FREE child's reservation with every full-paid adult reservation. Just add the "Free Child" item to your cart along with every 1 full-paid adult reservation. Space is limited, so book soon!


Don't forget to check out the NEW Sea Lion Stadium when you do make your way to the park.  It will open at the end of May.
A video posted by Erica Bodker (@ericaswalk) on

Tuesday, April 14, 2015

Ice Cream for those with food allergies and vegan ~SubZero San Antonio~



Having a child with such bad food allergies is not the easiest when it comes to desert or even birthday cakes. What about ice cream? My poor child is not only allergic to dairy but also eggs and soy as well. Making the option for custard and soy based ice cream out of the question. 


With Luke in mind a friend told us about SubZero ice cream and how they have a variety of choices that even Luke can try. Not wanting to take Luke in and not get him anything Jared and I decided to have a little date night and check it out.


I couldn't believe it was true. They had everything from low-fat to original to rice milk and vegan. I was so excited to give it a try and even more excited that I have found something that Luke can have. I cannot tell you how much it has hurt me to have to tell him "no" over and over again and now that he is getting much older he is noticing even more that others are getting things that he isn't. It just breaks my heart. 


This process was actually quite neat. They start off with all liquids, you add your flavor and ingredients that you wanted added and then freeze the ice cream with liquid nitrogen. Creating fun "like magic" ice cream that was not only fun to watch but good as well. 



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