The SNEAKY & CREATIVE Places Germs Are Hiding

This post has been sponsored by Pfizer Consumer Healthcare. All thoughts and reviews are my own.

I don't obsess about germs, but ever since my daughter caught MRSA, I've been a bit more aware of the harm they can do.
After a diaper change? I always wash my hands.
After I use the restroom? Even when nobody else is home? I always wash my hands.
I try to get my kids to wash their hands after using the restroom, but they're not very good about it yet. 
While I understand being super-sterile isn't healthy either, I think there's a good medium. It also helps to know where germs are hiding. I'd like to thank pediatric doctor Dr. Nina Shapiro and microbiologist Dr. Charles Gerba for sharing their expertise with me on how germs exist beyond what meets the eye and how to get kids back to being kids again when germs cause those "Sick just got real.™" moments.
Germs at play
  • The sun's ultraviolet light rays kill bacteria, so playground equipment in the shade will have more bacteria. 
  • Sandboxes are a germ culprit, particularly if they remain uncovered overnight, which allows bacteria to enter. 
  • Any microorganisms on kids’ hands will spread to monkey bars, slides, teeter totters, swings and other touched surfaces where other children can then pick them up when playing.

Germ class is in session 
  • Half of students don’t wash their hands after using the bathroom ­ – and of those who do many don’t even use soap. 
  • Less than one-third of teachers said they regularly disinfect germ-laden objects in the classroom. 
  • Desks often have more bacteria than a toilet seat and if eating happens in class, the number of germs multiplies. 
  • Up to 2.7 million bacterial cells per square inch live on common school surfaces such as water fountains, desks, computer keyboards, bus seats and cafeteria trays.
  • Shared technology in classrooms introduces new high-touch surfaces for spreading germs – the computer mouse, keyboard and tablet surfaces have some of the highest germ counts. 
    • Each keyboard key contains up to 1.3 million germs—that’s more than 135 million germs on the entire keyboard, and a standard iPad screen has up to 192 million bacteria
“Ew” is in the air 
  • In addition to school and the playground, the supermarket is a festival of “ew”, with shopping carts, credit card machines and reusable grocery bags acting as the leading germ carriers. 
  • Some germs can live on dry surfaces, such as toys, for several hours.
  • Colds and other respiratory infections are spread by the hands and touching the nose or eyes, while 81 percent of people with the flu virus spread it through the air when they cough.  
  • Most kids touch up to 20 objects per minute and touch their face 50 times per hour – leading to wide germ spreading. 

Say goodbye to perfect attendance 
  • More than 38 million school days are missed by U.S. children each year due to the flu.
  • Parents miss about 126 million workdays annually caring for a sick child, which equates to 40 billion lost dollars.
  • Missing work to stay home with their sick kids and worrying about sickness outbreaks going around the classroom were the top concerns parents have when their child is sick at school. 

Okay, want to wash your hands yet? Go ahead. I'll wait right here.

Feeling better now? Good, let's continue. 

Kids get sick no matter how much you do to prevent it.  The pediatric brands of Pfizer Consumer Healthcare are there with three solutions – Children’s Advil®, Children’s Robitussin® and Children’s Dimetapp® – to tackle the “ew”iest of symptoms. 

Ease those aches and pains, while reducing a child’s fever fast with Children’s Advil®, a great solution for kids as young as 2 and up to 11. Children’s Advil® comes in several great-tasting flavors, including: Sugar-free Dye-free Berry, Bubble Gum, Grape, Blue Raspberry, Fruit and Dye-Free White Grape flavors. There’s also Infants’ Advil® White Grape, which provides unsurpassed fever relief (among OTC pain relievers) with a syringe for easy dosing for children 6-23 months.

My 8-year-old takes Children's Robitussin® Extended-Release 12 Hour Cough Relief  to help with his cough.   
For your child’s cough, trust Children's Robitussin® Extended-Release 12 Hour Cough Relief to control and relieve symptoms all-day or all- night. Available in grape or orange flavor, for children ages 4 and up. Please note that while most Children’s Robitussin® products can be used starting at age 4, some are only for children age 6 and up.

Children’s Dimetapp® Multi-Symptom Cold Relief Dye-Free eases your child’s stuffy and runny nose, while quieting a bothersome cough. All in a great-tasting grape flavor that’s dye-free, for children 6 and up.

*It is important to remember to always read and keep the cartons for complete warnings and dosing information on Pfizer Pediatric products and to use as directed

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Tips For Selling Children's Old Toys & Clothes

This January, I set a goal for myself to sell enough "stuff" that I don't love to take my family on a vacation as a part of Gary Vaynerchuk's #2017FlipChallenge.

As February rolls to a close, I've certainly learned a bit that I'd like to pass along to anyone else who is interested in selling the junk around their home for money.

  • eBay is a good place to sell unique, old, and used items. I've sold an stuffed animals (one for a $60 profit!) and leather gloves on eBay this year. 
  • As a new seller, you can list 30 items a month for free. Do this. The more you list, the more you can sell.  
  • To figure out how much an item is worth, search for Sold Listings. Base your price off of what the item has actually sold for. 

  • Amazon is a great place to sell books and newer items.
  • Ship books via Media Mail - the cheapest way to ship anything.
  • If a buyer pays $3.95 + shipping for a book, you'll get around $2 after fees.
  • If a buyer pays $13.99 + shipping, you'll get around $10.84 after fees.
  • As a rule of thumb, I list things $5+ on Amazon.
  • I've sold books and diaper rash cream on Amazon. 
  • To make a sale on Amazon, you need to have the best price. Be sure you use the "match the lowest price" feature when you list an item.

Facebook Groups
  • Get in as many local Facebook sell groups as you can so more eyes can see your items for sale. They're often called "Garage Sale" groups. When you post an item, there's an option to "Post to more groups" do this to easily let your listing reach more people. 
  • If you decided to lower the price for an item on Facebook, create a new posting with the newer price. It's much faster than individually modifying the price on all of the group pages. 
  • Some pages have so many postings, your post goes to the bottom within a day. Comment "Still available" on your post after 1-2 weeks to bring it back to the top of the page, while not annoying people too much. This allows more people who may be interested in your item to see your post.
  • I've sold a snowboard, children's clothes, toys, framed artwork, a pregnancy test kit, and baby items on Facebook groups.
  • Sell here to avoid fees that you'll have to pay selling on eBay and Amazon. 
And... if an item won't sell, lower the price! You'll find somebody will almost always buy if the price is low enough. Even $1 is better than $0. Every penny counts, and those low sales add up quickly.

I'm looking forward to sharing my journey of decluttering, minimalizing, and making money with you here on the blog as well as on Instagram.

Thanks for stopping by. Do you have any advice for selling things online? Leave a comment below. As always, I read and respond to each and every one.  

12 Ways To Style Your Short Hair Like A Model

When it comes to short hair, one girl has got it figured out like no one else. It took me a while to figure out who this mysterious woman was, but I've finally got it. Her name is Krissa Fowles, and her hair is amazing. You can follow her on Instagram at

Short, tousled locks compliment her classic bang twist

Sideswept bangs a smoother locks let her eyes pop

Another variation of the bang twist

Peachy pink roots add a fun pop of color to her signature style

A side view of the peachy pink color

Krissa credits Fanola No Yellow shampoo for her color here

Fowles rocking her jaw-dropping pixie

Giving Snapchat filters a run for their money with her floral headband

Classic Krissa band twist

A perfect pixie

Funky & glamorous

Krissa's beautiful bob

A bob with a bang twist

Nothing basic about this stunning bob

A side view of the bob

Slightly shorter bob

Texture & a side twist

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