8 On-The-Go Summer Essentials for Moms

For the record, I’m sharing these 8 summer essentials for moms on the go (hey, that’s me) as part of a sponsored post for Poise Microliner through Socialstars. #PoisewithSAM

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So, you’re a mom on the go like me, huh? We’re always heading to the pool, or to the beach, or off on a bike ride, or some other family adventure, especially in the summertime, and it’s important for moms to be prepared for anything, and everything! We need to make sure we have everything the kids need. We need to make sure to have everything the husband needs. Everyone will need to be fed if you’re out all day. But what about mom? We need to be prepared too. And let’s face it, as moms, we have issues. No, I’m not talking emotional scars here. I’m talking “mom” stuff. You know, the stuff that happens to us after we become moms and begin to age a little? Yes, that stuff. It’s not pretty, but it’s a fact of life and when we’re out in the elements, all day long, we need to be prepared. Yes, I do mean the damage the sun can do to our drooping (OK, mine, maybe not yours) faces, and oh heck, I’ll say it, loss of control of some of our functions thanks to the minions. Yes, LBL (light bladder leakage). I’ve already explained that. Being prepared for anything is key!

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One of my family’s favorite outings is bike riding. It’s a huge deal for us and it’s a full day’s event. We need to be prepared. So while B is prepping our bike, or as I like to call it, #GossettBusComingThrough, I’m prepping everything else inside to ready us for the day. He gets the tools for the actual bike (can’t have a low tire, can’t be without seat adjusters, etc.), but I get our “tools” ready for the day. Here are my top 8 essentials for a great family day of bike-riding fun!

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1. Sunglasses for everyone.

The sun is BRIGHT here, y’all. I mean super bright and all of these blue eyes are very sensitive to the sun. We need sunglasses to keep our eyes safe, free of squinting, and in the cases of my “boys”, no sneezing. Seriously, they both sneeze every time their eyes hit the sun. We can’t have that, so I’m always prepared with sunglasses for all.

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2. Sunscreen.

Like I said, our sun is bright, and HOT. We need to protect all of our skin all day long with a good sunblock. Bubby and B are fair and Bug and I tan with a quickness. Neither is great for our skin (especially mine because, well…wrinkles), so we need to be prepared. We spray down before we leave, and I bring the spray along to reapply throughout the day.

3. A picnic lunch.

When you ride a bike all day long, you get a little hungry. Even though we just do leisurely bike rides (hey I’m not trying to race or anything), it’s still exercise and we get hungry. Stopping at restaurants along the way can get expensive, so I’m always sure to pack a nice picnic lunch and we plan a family-friendly stop along the way. This week, it was a fun park with a little water splashing action. Sandwiches are always best because you can pack light and everyone feels satisfied.

4. Bottled water.

This is a HUGE deal. You need to stay hydrated in all of that hot summer sun, especially for something like a bike ride. You don’t want anyone getting dehydrated, so tossing some bottled water in that cooler/picnic basket is essential.

5. Bug spray.

Mosquitos are BAD here y’all, and they’re demon mosquitos at that. We spray down before we go, and we’re sure to bring more to reapply as necessary. Seriously, the mosquito should be our national bird. HUGE, I tell ya, just huge, and demonic.

6. Cell phone.

OK, for me, this is a biggy for many reasons. First, you’re out and about and something could happen so you’ll need a charged phone in case you need to make a call (might I also suggest a portable charger just in case?). Second, photo opps of course. You don’t want to lug around your big camera, but you still want to capture those fun moments, right? Last, ummm, how else would I post all of the fun on my social media if I forgot it? Right. Never go anywhere without your cell phone!

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7. The bike.

Well, you can’t go on a bike ride without the bikes of course. Or in our case, one big, extremely long, bike for the entire family. Once he’s done assembling, and I’m done prepping, we’re ready to go and I know that we’ll all be safe and completely ready for a full day of fun!

8. Poise Microliners

But I almost forgot about me. About the LBL. Moms always forget to take care of themselves. But this time, I was prepared and I’ve been prepared all summer. Thanks to Poise Microliners, I haven’t had to worry about embarrassments or walks of shame. Just because pooping out 4 kids has done some things to my body that I don’t care to admit all of the time, that doesn’t stop me from having fun. I just plop a microliner in my panties and don’t worry if I can’t quite make it to the next port-o-potty because I know these thin (seriously, you can’t even tell that they’re there) pads will protect me, just in case. If you’d like to try them for yourself, you can. For free!

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Another successful weekend for our family, without incident, and fully prepared. This OCD comes in handy sometimes. Plus it keeps me feeling protected, protective, young, and prepared for anything. Are you ready when you head out of the house this summer? Don’t worry about the little things, and don’t you dare worry about embarrassment just because mommy issues have you wondering if you should stay at home. LBL is a thing, y’all, and you aren’t alone. 1 in 3 women have issues with light bladder leakage. It’s just a thing. Put Poise on your list and you’ll never have to worry again!

On Being a Mom of “Advanced Maternal Age”

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People often ask me what it’s like to be an “old” mom. They don’t say it like that, but that’s what they mean. They say things like, “How does it feel to have young children in your forties?” or “How do you deal with little kids at YOUR age?”. Those kinds of things.

I say I feel blessed. Let me explain.

You see, I’ve seen both sides of the coin. I was a young parent (not as young as a lot of my southern cohorts, but young by my standards). I was barely 22 when I had my first minion. She was gorgeous. She was perfect. I wasn’t ready for her, financially or emotionally. I loved her with all of my heart and soul, but we struggled and I wasn’t in a strong relationship. I was a kid. Then number two came along, not planned, and I wasn’t ready, at the age of 27.

Note the absence of a Daddy in this family photo. They had one, the same one, but he was never present.

1994: Note the absence of a Daddy in this family photo. They had one, the same one, but he was never present.

We muddled through. We were happy. We survived 2 marriages (my fault, not theirs) and a lot of macaroni and cheese…together. It wasn’t always fun. But I wasn’t ready for them. Financially, as most young parents (not all, and I won’t generalize, plus kudos to those of you who are) aren’t. I just wasn’t ready. Putting food on the table was my focus. We didn’t do a lot of fun stuff. When we did, I sacrificed healthy meals for macaroni and cheese and hot dogs. It was a trade off.

Luckily for me (us), their birthdays were both in the summer. That meant they got clothes for their birthdays from relatives, then clothes for Christmas from their relatives. Yes, I had their wardrobes covered. And their toys. I guess I planned that part well at least. Although, none of that was the plan. But my goodness, I loved those girls, obviously I still do, and wanted more for them. I wanted to provide them with more. But I couldn’t. I wasn’t prepared. I wasn’t ready.

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And then I was presented with the opportunity, when I was ready, to have children at an “advanced maternal age” with my current husband. I wondered, I worried. Would I be here for them when they were grown? Would I see them grow? Could I, would I, be able to do this at 39, and then 41? You bet your ass I was ready this time, and it’s so much easier this go round. I actually highly recommend being a parent of “advanced maternal age”. I was ready. And you know what? My babies don’t want for crap. They have all they need and then some.

I’m here. I’m present. And I don’t have to stress the small stuff anymore. Well, other than them, because they’re still small, and I stress their little happiness. It’s awesome being a mom of “advanced maternal age”. It’s great being financially stable and knowing that when I want to take them on an adventure, I can, without worrying about the unhealthy meals I’ll have to feed them for a MONTH to make up for the financial sacrifice of fun.

So, if you ask me what it’s like to be an “old mom”, I have to say, it’s AWESOME. I was ready for these babies. And I’m still young enough to handle the daily life of parenthood. Parenting in your 40s is like grandparenting on steroids. You get to spoil them, you can afford it, and you get to keep them full time. Let me tell you, there’s nothing like this in the whole world!

If you’re of “advanced maternal age” and wondering if you should take the plunge, DO IT! There’s nothing quite like this. I’m just amazed by the beauty of my world every day. Although I still worry if I’ll be around to see their milestones, I’m thankful that these babies have graced my life, and that I’m at a point in my life where they don’t have to need, or want, for anything.

So, yes, I’m happy to be an “old mom”, just in case you wanted to ask!

Be honest. Can you tell I have a problem?

You should know that I’m sharing TMI about LBL with you here today as part of a sponsored post for Socialstars and Poise Microliner. As always, all opinions and ideas are entirely my own. #PoisewithSAM

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Usually, when I talk about being a mom, it’s with much pride and joy. Most of the time, I really enjoy being a mom. I guess that’s why I have six kids. But sometimes, motherhood isn’t always easy. You see, I have problems. There’s the screaming and fighting (OH.EM.GEE…the fighting) that I deal with on a daily basis. There’s the constant dealing with issues like “I’m hungry” or “I’m bored”, especially during the summer months. And there are those things, those amazingly ridiculous things, that my children did to my body during pregnancy. That’s the ugly side of motherhood and it’s a fact of life. I’m talking about disappearing boobs, belly issues (like, holy crap, where did that extra skin come from?), and piddle problems stemming from light bladder leakage (LBL). But I don’t look like I have those problems, right?

Motherhood is rough, y’all. I want to keep up with my active lifestyle. I want to be able to play with my kids. I want to be able to giggle snort at will. I want to work out, whenever I want to work out. I want to ride bikes. I want to walk on the Seawall. I want to do all of this without fear of peeing in my pants. And I sure as heck don’t want to wear diapers to avoid the inevitable. I deal with life’s little challenges as they come along in any manner I see fit.

When my boobs disappeared after baby #2, I bought new ones. Problem solved.

When my belly sag got the best of me after baby #4, I began a daily workout routine and bought clothes to camouflage the body part I had grown to despise. Problem partially solved, but I’m still working on that.

But when I started piddling in my pants just because I giggle snorted, or waited too long, or exercised, or played too hard, I just did the walk of shame to my bedroom and changed my panties. I’m not talking full-on pee here, I’m talking piddle. Something had to be done! LBL is a common problem among women, especially moms, so there had to be SOMETHING out there to help a mom out that wasn’t a stupid adult diaper. I’m too young for that (really, I am, shush your pie hole).

Enter Poise Microliners to the rescue. No more walks of shame for me this summer. I’m going to have fun in the sun without fear of embarrassment. I’m ready, are you?

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This summer, when I head out to sit by the pool and watch the babies splash, go play at the park, go out on a ka-zillion mile bike ride (seriously B, those bike rides do NOT have to be that long), or just head out anywhere for a day of fun, I bring along all of the essentials and I don’t have to worry about a thing!

With enough sun block (and a few shots in my face), some strategically worn clothing, and a Poise Microliner in my panties (or a couple of the tiny, individually wrapped liners in my purse), no one will know I have any problems at all and I can enjoy my summer however I’d like, where ever I’d like. Comfortable and carefree! Wanna know how these super absorbent microliners work?

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Well, to start, they’re super thin as you can plainly see so they’re incredibly discreet and comfortable. No one will know it’s there. You might even forget until the LBL monster attacks. But you know what? This little tiny thing can hold a LOT of liquid and still go unnoticed.

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Don’t believe me? Proof is in the picture. I decided to SHOW you instead of just tell you so I did a little test. That’s a lot of liquid in that tiny microliner. Wait. Don’t go. That’s NOT pee (seriously, I wouldn’t do that to you, that’s just gross). I did my test with beer to prove my point. It seemed fitting since drinking alcohol (which often makes you giggle snort) is an LBL trigger for many. I poured half a can on this microliner!

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And it’s still THAT thin! Six ounces of fluid and still that thin. Amazeballs, right? If you deal with LBL on a daily basis, you’re not alone. One in three women experience light bladder leakage so there’s nothing to be ashamed of. Plus, no one has to know. No more walks of shame, no more embarrassing piddle problems. If my little experiment wasn’t enough to convince you, be sure to get your free sample and try them out yourself.

Enjoy your summer without worry this year. No more piddle problems, no more walks of shame. I’m totally ready for summer, are you?