ACTIVEkids Twitter chat 5/28

Want to find out if you won this month’s ACTIVEkids $400 Summer Camp giveaway

Tomorrow, 5/28 is the big announcement day! Even if you didn’t win the grand prize, 10 runners-up will win ACTIVEkids swag bags filled with T-shirts, water bottles, notebooks and more!

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Winners will be announced on at 3 p.m. CDT on Thursday, May 28, and during the next #ACTIVEchat on Twitter when we’ll be talking all about summer camps for the kiddos. We’ll cover everything from benefits of participation to when to sign up and how to save. 

Join the Twitter chat on May 28 at 3 p.m. CT to see if you won!

Follow @ACTIVEkids on Twitter and use the hashtag #ACTIVEchat to join in! 

– Denise


Preeclampsia – My story of hope

May is National Preeclampsia Awareness Month, as designated by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services.

Preeclampsia (sometimes referred to as Pre-eclampsia or Pre-E) is a serious complication of pregnancy and postpartum period, dangerous and sometimes fatal to both the mother and her unborn baby.

Pre-E is characterized by high blood pressure and protein in the urine. Other signs and symptoms may include swelling of the face and hands, headaches, and visual disturbances. 
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I was diagnosed with Preeclampsia via the routine “pee test” at my doctor’s office during my 27 week check up along with my other symptoms. I had been suffering from an awful headache that wouldn’t go away and my blood pressure registered much higher than normal. 

By following doctor’s orders, including two hospital stays, consistent monitoring, and staying on bed rest, Chase and I both made it through. I delivered Chase by C-section at 34 weeks. He was 4 pounds, 14 ounces and 20 inches long.

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The day we got to bring Chase home from the NICU. So tired but overjoyed to have him finally come home with us :)

Because of his premature birth, he stayed in the NICU for two long weeks of “feeding and growing”. Bringing him home healthy made everything we went through all worth it. Now Chase is 8 and the tallest kid in his class! He has had no lasting complications from his prematurity. I truly believe it’s because of the excellent care we both received.

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From our family runDisney “runcation” trip to Walt Disney World in February. Chase ran the 400 meter Kids Race :)

People are always surprised to find out our story. While it’s hard to talk about sometimes, I share my story to help spread awareness. The first symptom I had was the terrible headache. By letting my doctor know, he charted it and watched closely for other warning signs. 

Knowing the symptoms and reporting them to your doctor immediately may lead to more timely diagnosis, better outcomes, and most importantly save lives. USA, LLC

To build awareness of preeclampsia, the Preeclampsia Foundation is sponsoring a month-long education campaign using the theme: Take the Preeclampsia Pledge – Know the Symptoms. Spread the Word. In addition, thousands of families in 43 cities will be participating in The Promise Walk for Preeclampsia™.

“A key message throughout all our activities is that every pregnant woman should receive detailed information about preeclampsia and its symptoms,” said the Foundation’s Executive Director Eleni Tsigas. “Expectant mothers who know what to be aware of play a vital role as the ‘first responder’ to preeclampsia symptoms. Our research has shown it can literally be a matter of life and death for many mothers and babies.”

Have you, a family member, or a loved one been affected by pre-eclampsia? If you have or would like to help spread awareness, you can get involved with a charitable walk. I love the idea of a walk for pre-e, not only because it brings like-minded people together who have been through the same life changing experience, but because it’s something active and healthy, reminding us of the good things our bodies can do.

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Walking was one of the first things I did to lose the baby weight, it helped me so much both mentally and physically to get moving and regain control of my life.

You can read more about my losing the pregnancy weight story here:

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My 100+ pound weight loss

The Promise Walk for Preeclampsia™ is the signature awareness and fundraising event of the Preeclampsia Foundation to support its mission of saving the lives of mothers and babies impacted by preeclampsia and related hypertensive disorders of pregnancy. The Foundation does this by providing patient support and education, raising public awareness, catalyzing research, and improving healthcare practices.

In the last five years, this national event has raised more than $1.8 million, and the 2015 fundraising goal is $500,000. This year’s national sponsors are BabyCenter, Happy Family Organic Superfoods, ISEBOX, and PerkinElmer Labs.
Promise Walks in the 43 participating cities are family-style events. “You will see a lot of babies in strollers, guest speakers, appearances by media personalities, raffles, health screenings, children’s activities, and memorial events,” said the Foundation’s Director of Community Relations Laney Poye.

Visit to register or support a Promise Walk. You can even sign up for a Virtual Walk if there is not one hosted in your city.


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The Preeclampsia Foundation is a U.S.-based 501(c)(3) non-profit organization established in 2000. It is dedicated to providing patient support and education, raising public awareness, catalyzing research and improving health care practices, envisioning a world where preeclampsia and related hypertensive disorders of pregnancy no longer threaten the lives of mothers and babies.

For more information visit or call toll-free (800) 665-9341.

When I developed Pre-E during my pregnancy with Chase, it was one of the scariest and most frightening times of my life. I worried every day but I never lost hope. I’m so thankful that we both received excellent care from our team of doctors and nurses and can share our story to help others. If you’ve been diagnosed, don’t lose hope! You and your baby can both make it through :)

– Denise

Purex Insiders

Hi friends! I know some of you are bloggers or are considering starting a blog of your own. I started last year and feel like I learn something new every day about how to improve my blog and grow my network. I knew I wanted to have product reviews and giveaways as a feature on my blog and researching brands to partner with was one of the first steps I took.

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Having a great network of both bloggers and brands to work with helps you to feel more connected to people. As a new blogger, it feels lonely sometimes when you’re just starting out. Partnering with brands for products to review also makes picking up your mail and UPS packages a lot more fun too!

One way I have grown my blog is through partnerships with brands I trust. I researched programs for brands I used in my daily life and have found some great corporate blogging partnerships that you might want to apply for too. 

The first one I’d like to share with you is Purex Insiders.

Are you a blogger who loves to try new health, beauty, and home care products? Sign up for the Purex Insiders program! 

When my blog was brand new last year and I was researching who to partner with, I found about Purex Insiders. I saw that many of our favorite brands like Dial and Purex team up with bloggers through this program to get the word out about their new products.

If you’ve been reading Healthy Disney Family, you know I really love to try new products! I liked that they send product for you and your family to try and in addition they also mail you coupons for free products.  

You can either keep the coupons for yourself or use to host a giveaway on your blog like I do. 

Why Become a Purex Insider?

 – Receive exclusive offers
 – Participate in productive collaboration
 – Influence product innovation
 – Have your voice heard

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It’s pretty awesome to receive full size samples of everything from new laundry detergents to Dial soaps to try out. I have also received some bonus gift cards for my participation as well!

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If you want to team up and be part of my Purex Insiders network, here’s the link to sign up:

By using this link to apply, you’re letting them know you’re in the same network as me and you’ll be a great blogging partner for them too!

Are you a blogger who is in a blogging network, link up, or partnership with a brand that you love? Feel free to share opportunities in the comments. By sharing opportunities and our connections, we can help support each other and grow our networks together.

– Denise

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Shape Up for Summer Giveaway Hop

Join Kristy at Runaway Bridal Planner and I for the fantastic 2nd Annual Shape Up For Summer Giveaway Hop!

If you’re looking for awesome giveaways to enter for gift cards – we’re giving away an electronic gift card starting June 1! Ours will be an international/worldwide giveaway and so will others :)

Check out the 5 reasons why you should join us on her blog here:

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If you’re a blogger, sign up on the linky below now through May 28th. You can giveaway anything fitness or running related or a gift card to Amazon, Target, or another store where you could purchase fitness related items. The value of the prize must be $10 and above and you’re responsible for fulfilling the prize you give away. It’s a great way to grow your blog and your social network!

It’s great to join whether you’re an experienced blogger or a brand new blogger. I participated last year when my blog was just a few months old. I met so many bloggers online (and in real life!) and I’m so glad I joined in :)

Find out more details here: 

If you have any questions, you can always ask. We’re happy to help!

Hope you can join us as a blogging partner, giveaway participant or better yet – both! :)

– Denise

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$100 Salonpas Pain Relief Giveaway

Many of us include daily exercise as part of our healthy lifestyle. I do! It’s part of keeping off the 100+ pounds I lost and making sure I keep my weight in a healthy range. 

After I gained so much weight, everything in my body hurt when I moved. Even just lifting myself up off of the couch was a struggle. Seriously. It was awful!

The whole time while I lost weight I was in physical pain too. I took over the counter pain meds to try to deal with it. My doctor recommended using them when necessary and they became necessary for me to use daily. I try to avoid medicines and pills whenever possible so I looked for more natural solutions for relief. I found that gentle stretching along with juniper oil and epsom salt baths helped me a lot.

Even with all of that weight gone, I still have assorted aches and pains but now they are mostly from running, lifting weights, or a stiff back from working at my desk. On any given day for me, it might be my back aching, knee hurting, or some muscles that I overworked at the gym. While exercise is necessary to keep our bodies at a healthy weight, fit, and strong, it sure can result in a lot of discomfort sometimes!

Salonpas has a healthier solution for pain management. With their line of topical analgesic products in the form of creams, gels, sprays and patches, you can feel relief without taking strong medicines. By putting the medicine right at the site of pain and bypassing the stomach and liver, Salonpas can use less medicine to deliver an effective dose and help you feel better.

“When people self-medicate with over-the-counter oral pain pills, they can ingest inappropriate doses and run the risk of potential drug interactions, which can lead to unintended or unsuspected dangerous side effects, some of which can be as serious as liver failure or heart damage,” says Dr. Sylvia Hesse, a New York based orthopedic medicine specialist. “By relying on topical analgesic gels, sprays and patches for pain relief – without the use of pills – you can be assured of making a safer choice.”

The nice people at Salonpas contacted me and asked if I’d like to try out their products for myself and host a giveaway for a suite of their top 4 pain relieving products. Of course I did :)

I just used the Salonpas Pain Relieving Jet Spray right now while working at my desk. It provides an instant cooling sensation and relieves that nagging back pain fast. It smells minty when you spray it and not “mediciney” like some topical pain relievers do. I have sensitive skin and it doesn’t irritate me or leave any kind of sticky residue – it’s great stuff! 

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They’re including the Salonpas DEEP Relieving Gel, Salonpas Pain Relief Patch, Salonpas Pain Relieving GEL-Patch HOT-L, and Salonpas Pain Relieving Jet Spray in the prize pack. This is $100 worth of Salonpas products! 

I hope their products help you like they are helping me. Enter below and good luck :)