Baby Travel Tips and Mommy Must Haves


I have been compensated by Johnson’s® Baby for this post; however, I am sharing my own thoughts. All opinions are my own.

Over the holidays, some of us travel to visit friends or relatives.  While sometimes a short trip doesn’t take much planning, a weekend away is much different with a baby along. You’re now packing not just for yourself and your partner, but, also, for your little one.

Here are some tips to make things easier

Expect the unexpected in terms of clothing changes. Take at least two or three extra outfits for your little one. A diaper mishap is not something you want to stress about when you’re on vacation.  On that note, bring extra diapers and wipes. Pack more than you would usually use. As I said, expect the unexpected.  Poop happens at the very worst times. It’s Murphy’s Law.

If you’re breastfeeding, that’s taken care of (just bring your nursing pads). If you are bottle feeding, bring extra formula and extra food if your baby is on solids. Have fruits and veggies and snacks at the ready.

Crucial: Do not forget that favorite blankie, pacifier or toy! When you bring your baby’s beloved items, you bring some ‘home’ to a strange place, and, the more your child feels at home, the easier the trip.


Extra Tip: If your child has a favorite blanket, toy or lovey, consider buying an identical one so that should anything bizarre happen (and believe me, it happens!), you can replicate it without too much trouble.

Odd fact: My younger sister’s favorite self-soother when she was a baby was a piece that had ripped off of my dad’s long johns. We still kid her about that to this day.

Also,  bring along your Mommy Must Haves. Mine always include Johnson & Johnson’s baby products.

We love and trust Johnson & Johnson products because of the care they put into their products and have always had a wonderful experience with them.

Another tip for you:  When getting ready for your trip, or any day, for that matter – Order in. Why spend time and energy getting the kids in the car to go to the store to stock up on baby items when you can order in from the comfort of your living room in your pj’s.

I love shopping at Walmart because it’s my one-stop easy shopping haven. This week I put in an order for baby goodies and got my order in two days along with free shipping because I spent $35 or more.

With the cold weather and preparation for the holidays, it was so easy to order baby products online and they arrived in record time, delivered right to the door so I didn’t even have to brave the snows or icy temps, or defrost the car.

My Mommy Must Haves




Johnson’s head-to-toe baby wash

This wash gently cleanses and soothes sensitive baby skin without drying, is the number-one choice of hospitals and has a creamy lather that pampers and is soap-free, dye-free, paraben-free, phthalate-free, hypoallergenic, and dermatologist-tested. Also gentle to baby’s eyes.

Johnson’s Baby Shampoo

No time for tears with this clean smelling shampoo. It’s hypoallergenic, dermatologist-tested, and gentle enough for newborns.

Johnson’s head-to-toe baby lotion


This is my favorite baby lotion for after bath.  With Vitamin E, it gently moisturizes your baby’s delicate skin, leaving it soft and smooth.  Pediatrician and dermatologist-tested, hypoallergenic and mild.


Johnson’s head-to-toe baby cleansing cloths



These are perfect for a quick and gentle all-over clean between baths, hypoallergenic and ultra-mild. They’re almost 2x the size of average baby wipes with a thick soft texture, enriched with Johnson’s baby lotion and pre-moistened so no water is needed.


You can also get travel sizes:


We’ve found that a good bedtime routine is an essential part of healthy baby sleep habits. A good bedtime routine alerts your child to the fact that sleep time is approaching.  Sometimes trial and error is the best way to find what works for you.


Start with a warm bath and gentle shampoo with Johnson & Johnson bath products to help relax your little one. After toweling off, it’s time for a baby massage with Johnson & Johnson’s baby lotion so they feel secure and loved. These rituals help engage your baby’s sense of smell and touch while strengthening your bond and preparing them for a good night’s sleep.

Next, it’s time for a lullaby or a book, or both. This is especially comforting because your child loves your voice, has since Day One, (or even earlier)! Music is good for the soul.

Time for kisses and lights off and hopefully everyone can get some peaceful refreshing sleep.

A good night’s sleep is essential for the overall health, cognitive ability and mood of your little one –- as well as for the parents.

Sweet dreams!






#Win SuperCute Cat Headphones for Your Kids or Yourself! #Giveaway

If you know me, you know I love cats and all things feline! Even my twitter name is MissingLynxx.

So, it’s fitting that Mindkoo has given me two sets of their Unicat MH-6 headphones for a giveaway. I’m a big fan of these for kids, teens, or anyone who loves cats.


They are wireless, easy to connect via bluetooth (V4.2), have a mic and 4 fun LED light modes. You can have 5 hours of nonstop listening with the lights and 8 hours with the lights turned off so feel free to prowl about freely.

Use them with your phone, tablet, PC, and for gaming. They are well-built, comfortable and expand to fit child/adult head sizes. With clear audio quality and a really great price, this is a perfect gift for Halloween, Christmas, birthdays or any day.


Also, right now, you can get 40% off your purchase of these headphones at Amazon when you enter this code upon checkout: GE6OH4UL.

You can also enter the Mindkoo giveaway on their site for a chance to win 1 of 30 black unicat headphones!




Also, because Mindkoo is so cool, we are doing a special giveaway for our readers and will be giving away 2 sets of these awesome headphones!

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Best of Luck to all you Cool Cats!

This is a partnered post with Mindkoo. All opinions are strictly mine.

Fall Festivities – $175 Cash #Giveaway!
Welcome to the $175 cash giveaway event!


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I’m loving the fall weather, the brisk air, the changing foliage! It’s time for warm clothes and cuddly blankets, for vegetable soup and hot apple cider. With $175, you can stock up on whatever you want or need for the season! Enjoy and best of luck!


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#Win $100 Amazon Gift Card or Paypal Cash #Giveaway – Game Changer Book Blast



Game Changer by Charissa Stastny

Meridee Mansford is completely comfortable pretending to be invisible and wants nothing to do with the popular crowd. But that doesn’t stop her from dreaming about the hunky football player who visits the campus ice cream shop where she works. Still, she’s smart enough to know he’d never notice a girl like her, and she’d never want him even if he did. Too much unwelcome attention.

Parker Harrington basks in the glory that’s been his since the game-changing passes he caught that pushed his team into the national spotlight. Sticky Fingers is his media moniker now, and the cheerleaders who used to ignore him when he sat the bench have become his most devoted fans. But when he accidentally crashes into a quiet coed and covers her in orange chicken, it throws off his offensive game.

As fate, ice cream, and orange chicken throw the opposites together, will Parker continue keeping company with women he knows are only using him for his fame, or will he change up the game and risk his heart on a genuine girl who despises the attention he craves?

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Parker waggled his brows at me. “I’m waiting.” When I glared, he leaned over to whisper. “Call your man, or I’ll know you’re lying and be by to pick you up tomorrow night for our date. Tara told me where you live.” His blue eyes crinkled at the corners.

Tara had what? I folded my arms. No way would I let him ruin my first date in over three years. “Fine. I’ll call him.”

He raised an infuriating brow. “Thanks, Mare. I can’t wait to meet your soul-mate.”

“It’s Meridee.” I stomped into the break room and sent Danny out to handle the teenage rush with Bryce. Soul-mate. What a moron.

Pulling out my phone, I hit speed dial. On the third ring, my big brother answered.

“What’s up, Mare?”

“Thanks for answering.” I released the breath I’d been holding. “I need a huge favor.”

“Name it, sis. You know I’m here for you.”

I frowned at the pity I detected in his voice. But pride had no place at the moment, not with Parker Harrington waiting in the shop. “There’s this guy bothering me at work. Stalking me.” If he suspected danger, Mark would rush right over to save me. “Can you come to the shop and pretend to be my fiancé so he’ll leave me alone?”

“Ew. You’re my sister.”

“It’d only be for pretend. Please? I need your help, Mark.”

“You don’t expect me to hold hands or kiss you, do you?”

“Oh, shut up. Just get over here and let me introduce you to him. He doesn’t believe I have a boyfriend.”

“You don’t.”

I gnashed my teeth. “I know. That’s why I need your help.”



Author Charissa Stastny

Charissa Stastny is an avid reader, happy writer, wasp-hater, iris-lover, and food connoisseur (especially sushi and chocolate, but not together). She was born and raised in Las Vegas, Nevada, but has never pulled a handle of a slot machine and can’t shuffle cards to save her life. She is married to her high school sweetheart and has four children that make her smile and laugh all the time. She called Idaho her home for years, but has recently moved to Utah, where she was thrilled to discover dozens of flavors of hot chocolate to keep her happy in the winter. The cherry one might be her favorite (this week). She is the author of five books and ‘imagine-eer’ of many more.

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18 Reasons To Use SEO For Beginners


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As bloggers, we constantly are bombarded with keeping our blog as up to date as possible. How do we do this? By using essential tools to keep our brand/blog in the know, in the market, and available and accessible to anyone who wants to read about it. The problem is, how do we get those people to read what we are writing? So what do you need to know when it comes to SEO and is it worth it?

Here are 18 reasons to use SEO when blogging and what to use!

  1. Check For Duplicate Content– This helps you avoid losing search engine rankings! Duplicate content should be no more than 10% of your site. You should check for duplicate content and remove it to avoid losing search engine availability.

  2. Use International Contextual Links on Long Tail Keywords– This helps improve your page ranking! Scan through older posts that you have and other web pages. These are easy to link them internally and it helps to establish your SEO-friendly site architecture.

  3. Keywords in H Tags– For your best SEO results, it’s important that you place your page’s best keywords in H tags without overstuffing them. This allows your search engines to know what the page is all about.

  4. Use Short and Descriptive URL Links To Rank Higher– Create simple and SEO friendly permalinks, such that the URL is short but descriptive and contains your target keywords.

  5. Use Hyphens– This helps you to differentiate your words in the URL shortcut. The structure of a URL matters; so it’s important to keep them as simple as possible and to use hyphens to optimize your URLs.

  6. Optimize Your Images For Better Rankings– Optimizing your images to their largest size reduces your bounce rate, can improve your performance and generates more traffic from your image search engines like Google Image Search.

  7. Create Search Engine & User Friendly Layouts– By implementing a no-index tag on low quality pages, the search engine robots do not index them. A better idea would be to get rid of low quality thin content to help your page run smoother.

  8. Social Signals– These signals impact your search engine rankings. Make sure that it’s active on social sites because these search engines use the data from the sites to rank your website as a whole.

  9. Publish Static Pages– When you publish your usually static Privacy, Contact Us, About Us pages, you can improve your site’s visibility and search engine rankings because more people will spend time getting to know you, how to contact you and your privacy policy.

  10. Social Branding – If you are wanting a more organic search traffic and to rank well in SERPs, create a social profile for your business on popular social channels such as Twitter, Facebook, Google + and Instagram!

  11. Submit To Google Local Listing– Submit your sites listing on Google’s My Business page. This will help boost your local SEO and to improve your site’s visibility.

  12. Set Up A Search Console Account– Google Search Console gives you insight into which keywords are popular on your blog. Also, what web pages have been indexed, a list of external and internal sites and more!

  13. Set Up An RRS Feed For Your Blog– This makes it much easier for others to promote and share your content and then provide links back to your website, resulting in more traffic and brand awareness.

  14. Look For Broken Links– When you look for broken links on Wikipedia and replace them with yours. Getting a backlink from Wikipedia is great for improving your website’s availability.

  15. Use Guest Blogging For Link Building– When you have guest bloggers, they can help you boost your site’s organic search ranking by improving your site’s visibility on search engines. This is one of my favorite easy ways to keep your stats up!

  16. Create An Infographic – Using an infographic is one of the most popular methods of increasing your site’s traffic with quality content.

  17. Competitor Link Profile – Look at your link metrics of your website and review those important links. This will show you the important data, such as your page’s authority, domain authority, backlinks etc though which you can understand your competitors’ link building strategy.

  18. Use Google Keyword Planner– I didn’t start using this until recently but this tool really helped me a lot! It provides you with all the necessary information you need to conduct a keyword research.

There are many other great reasons to keep using SEO to get your blog name out there. If you feel overwhelmed or unsure about these tips, my next suggestion would be to hire someone to help you! RankCrew is your one stop shop for all SEO needs. They have over 16 years experience, affordable SEO services and packages depending on where your blog or brand is. You can create your account for free and then choose from one of their link building packages to help you obtain your top ranking in Google.

Save Everyday With Groupon


grouponI love saving which is why I love Groupon!

Groupon is a website offering 70,000 deals on over 9,000 retailers. Anytime I have shopping to do, I use Groupon to check out the deals. If there’s a chance to save some extra bucks, I’m in.  I’ve searched the internet for the best deals, and, when it comes to saving money, Groupon is where it’s at!

Whether you’re looking for home goods, back-to-school items or beauty steals, you’ll always find a great deal. There are so many retailers you can shop with Groupon such as Target , Macy’s, Walmart, Bed Bath & Beyond, Walgreens, and Aeropostale.

No matter what your shopping need may be, Groupon has a deal for you! Check them out next time you’re browsing.

One of my favorite retailers to check out Groupon for is Victoria’s Secret. I love their clothes and beauty items, and right now Groupon has 18 coupons there.


You can save 60% on the Victoria’s Secret Sale and get supercute bralettes at 2 for $30!

Get $4 off lip crayons


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PS: Also on sale is my favorite: Victoria’s Secret Coconut Milk Hydrating Body Lotion for $5.99. Hurry, before it’s gone!

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This is a partnered post with Groupon. All experiences and opinions are my own.

New Leap! Movie Dances Into Theatres August 30th!



Check out the brand NEW trailer from The Weinstein Company’s  LEAP!, featuring Carly Rae Jepsen’s hit song from the soundtrack, “Cut To The Feeling.”

In LEAP! 11-year-old orphan, Félicie has one dream – to go to Paris and become a dancer. Her best friend Victor, an imaginative but exhausting boy with a passion for creating, has a dream of his own – to become a famous inventor. The two friends flee their orphanage in pursuit of their passions. But Félicie quickly learns that talent alone is not enough, but determined to succeed, Félicie finds her mentor in the tough and mysterious school custodian, Odette who, along with Victor’s encouraging friendship, help her reach for the stars.

This charming animated comedy will inspire the whole family! Parents, kids, anyone who has ever dreamed of following their heart will fall in love with LEAP!. The entire cast captures the spirit and humor of the story and the music will have you dancing all the way home!

Make sure to get your tickets early!

LEAP! opens in theaters nationwide on August 30th and stars Elle Fanning, Nat Wolff and Maddie Ziegler alongside Mel Brooks, Kate McKinnon and Carly Rae Jepsen.


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How I fell in Love with my Tens Unit by Techcare

I have been given this product as part of a product review through the Chronic Illness Bloggers network. Although the product was a gift, all opinions in this review remain my own and I was in no way influenced by the company.



I really love my shoulders, but sometimes it seems they carry the weight of the world. This week I was driving home from buying groceries when the pain started. First, a small nagging whisper, then it got increasingly louder until it was soon at an 11. Can you relate?

I have fibromyalgia which makes me particularly sensitive to pain, but, so many of us struggle with pain issues, whether from overexertion, work or everyday stress. Wouldn’t it be nice to come home and have someone give you a nice massage?

I was so happy when I was asked to review the Tens Unit 24 Modes by Techcare Massager through the Chronic Illness Bloggers network. I remember looking at one some years back, but, it was a large heavy unit and it wasn’t cheap. This unit, however, is fantastic! It’s light, smaller than my phone, very portable and easy to use. The price is so reasonable as well.

Tens is an acronym for Transcutaeous Electrical Nerve Stimulation. You attach the electrode pads to the desired areas as desecribed in the instruction manual and you can relax in the comfort and privacy of your home.

The Tens unit was easy to set up. You simply plug it in and charge it through the enclosed wall unit or your computer USB port. The built in rechargeable lithium battery can be used up to 12 hours. The bright blue  3.75″ Large LCD Screen is easy to read and there are 24 pre-programmed massage modes.


I really love the different massage varieties: Kneading Swedish, Cupping, Scrapping, Reflexology and T’ai -Chi. I’m still discovering them all. You have a choice as to the intensity as well.

If you are wondering how it works: FDA approved TechCare massagers deliver low-voltage pulses to the skin to stimulate nerve fibers and effectively block the pain signal to your brain. No medication needed! How amazing is that for healthy pain management?

Friends, I am in love! Serious love! The Techcare Massager contracts and releases the muscles and helps get the knots out. My shoulders felt relaxed and I honestly felt joyful! I don’t know if  it was the feeling of someone massaging that very spot where you most ache or because the pain was released. Alongside the qualities of stimulating muscles and blocking pain, the brain is also stimulated to release endorphins. Endorphins are the ‘feel-good’ natural chemicals in the brain. For me, this effect is a revelation.

Techcare Massager gently contracts and releases the muscles and gives you the benefits of a massage. So far I have had success with carpal tunnel, neck, back and shoulder pain, headaches and the other pains of fibromyalgia. I have learned that it is also effective for arthritis, bursitis, tendonitis, sciatica, TMJ pain and so much more.


There are some people who are not good candidates for TENS, however. This includes people who:

  • Use a pacemaker
  • Have a bleeding disorder
  • Experience epileptic seizures
  • Are pregnant

I have reviewed many products on my blog, but, I can honestly say, that this Tens Unit  is one of the best. I was actually surprised to see the price on Amazon. Even one massage session costs more than that!

The unit comes with: the 2017 Newest Model Controller, 4 Large Electrodes ( Pads ), 2 Electrodes Cables, User’s Manual, USB and Wall Charger, 1 Small Electrode Pad and Wire Holder, 1 Treatment Points Chart and a lifetime limited warranty.

I have to add here that I love the Acupuncture Points Chart! I am a huge fan of Acupuncture, but, I can only afford so many sessions a year. With this unit and the chart, I can treat the same points my Acupuncturist does. I was particularly fascinated to see how the different points relate to different conditions. As someone who does acupressure, they are both accurate and extremely helpful.

So now, I am no longer shouldering the weight of the world. My neck is happy. My back is happy. I love my Tens Unit and I’m sure this relationship will last a very long time!


Freedom From Pain with Liberty Lixir CBD Tincture!

I have been given this product as part of a product review through the Chronic Illness Bloggers network. Although the product was a gift, all opinions in this review remain my own and I was in no way influenced by the company.


Sometimes misfortune may be a catalyst to discovering new ways of healing. This is how Liberty Lotion began. Samson Garner was working in an industrial environment when he had an accident which left him with crippling pain and a decreased quality of life. He had such a severe injury that metal plates were put in his upper back and he was prescribed high doses of pharmaceutical painkillers. Finding these treatments largely ineffective with unpleasant side effects, Samson’s imagination and creative mind led him to find out what natural solutions existed to help his debilitating issues.

Samson was amazed to find that there were many natural options that could have a profoundly positive effect on his quality of life without harmful side effects. In his process of discovery, he came across CBD, or Cannabidiol, a substance found in a variety of plants and other sources, usually derived from hemp. He learned that scientific studies have indicated that CBD has a strongly potent effect on inflammation and appears to help the body regulate and regenerate by boosting and balancing the endocannabinoid system.

That’s when Liberty Lotion was born. Soon came Liberty Lixir and Liberty Lip Balm, and that was just the start.

I love that Liberty Lotion’s guiding principles are to use the best sources available and to support small businesses which help make our country great. They are rigorous about labeling transparency and quality. CBD is a non-psychoactive cannabinoid commonly found in hemp. In anecdotal stories and scientific studies, it has been indicated that CBD may be a viable treatment for anxiety, chronic pain, stress, neuralgia, migraines, arthritis, and more, especially those conditions with a direct relationship to inflammation.

Evidence suggests that CBD is a potent anti-inflammatory, and, since inflammation is the cause of so many diseases, CBD has the potential to help so many.




I was sent the Liberty Lixer ULTRA 1,000mg 1oz Tincture  to review. Liberty Lixir Ultra contains 1,000 mg in a 30 ml bottle dispensing 6.7 mg CBD per pump. You spray it under the tongue so it can be rapidly absorbed. Within 15 minutes, I began to feel a wave of relaxation that was very pleasant. As there is no THC in the Liberty Lixer, I was able to get work done, the only difference being that I was not in a lot of pain. As a fibromyalgia sufferer, I have daily chronic pain which can be annoying at its best and debilitating at its worst. It wears on you and it wears you out. I am always researching and writing, yet back, neck and shoulder pain (which often causes headaches as well) make what I love to do unpleasant.

After taking the Liberty Lixer spray, I definitely felt my shoulders were looser, my neck pain diminished and that unpleasant tension and stress was gone. I’m not saying that it was a miracle cure and all my pain disappeared; it just took it way down to where it really didn’t bother me, which is truly a blessing. I also noticed that when I took the Liberty Lixir at night I was able to sleep better and woke up without any ill effects.

I love that this company is all about quality and customer service.  Check out their topical lotions and lip balms too!

Use this link to get a 10% discount off your purchase (any purchase) with the code STRANGEDAZE