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Allergy Season is Here! Be Prepared with Scotties Facial Tissues by Royale

This post is sponsored by Scotties Facial Tissues.

Allergy season is upon us! Luckily Scotties sent me an allergy care pack! We are fully stocked on Scotties Facial Tissues by Royal and made a pharmacy run to get all the kids their meds. So far 4 out of 6 kids have seasonal allergies and their prescriptions only do so much. Itchy eyes, runny noses, and sometimes a cough. I was lucky this year and was only miserable for a week, my kids have not been this lucky. Scotties tissues 3-ply or 3-ply with aloe are the best for this time of year, to keep you layered in comfort. If you don’t have time to run to the store you can now get them delivered by Amazon, visit the Scotties section here.

My kids are not letting allergies slow them down! They are out jumping on the trampoline with friends. They take their meds with breakfast and don’t let anything get in the way of having fun! I saw a post Scotties had on Facebook and it’s been so helpful, you take an empty facial tissue box and use a rubber-band to attach it to a full box. That way you can put your used tissue right into the empty box and not have a gross tissue pile that kids tend to leave behind. Genius.

So get out and enjoy the summer! Don’t let allergies keep you indoors! Scotties 3-ply tissue are layers of comfort for your face from runny nose, to watery and itchy eyes.







5 Ideas of Free Things to Do This Summer

  1. #1 is a classic…Go to the park! My kids learned to beg for that as soon as they could talk. It’s now a 15 minute drive for us, but I am going to be using this option a bunch this summer. Kids love basic parks, nothing like a 20 year old swing set to tire them out for a good nights sleep. Hopefully no one puked on the tire swing. If you are lucky, it will have a splash pad! (We are not that lucky close by).
  2. Beach/lake/river/creek. If it’s wet and you can throw rocks at it, kids will have a good time. We like to visit a local park about 30 minutes away that has a small creek perfect for wading. We also drive about 30-40 minutes to the river very frequently for free swimming when this Washington weather allows.
  3. Trails. We live in the mountains so we have many trail options available. Take baby carrier in case you can’t take a stroller to the trail you choose. We love to check out the woods around some waterfalls locally.
  4. Kids programs. We personally love to take advantage of Vacation Bible School (VBS) for something to break the summer up. If you are non religious and in a larger area I bet there is something similar available. Schools sometimes run a day program during the summer.
  5. Set up play-dates. My kids are always begging to go to a friend’s house or to have someone over. If I like the kids I let it happen. Maybe if you get along with their mom, you can split a bottle of wine while they play (or just coffee). Other wise use your free time for doing something for yourself if you are not the hosing home.

Soft Summer Moments w/Scotties Facial Tissues

Scotties Facial Tissue provided me with a care pack of their facial tissue and a $25 gift card in exchange for writing this post. All thoughts are my own and were no influenced in any way. This post also contains affiliate links.

Scotties Facial Tissues asked me what my favorite soft summer moments and memories are! A soft summer moment is one that warms your heart, makes you slow down and savor the wonderful summer season.


Growing up my favorite soft summer moments would have to be when we traveled to visit my Grandparents in Wisconsin. Playing out on their farm with the goats in the early years, and later walks around town when the weather was just cooling off. I really miss the family time we had just savoring each others company and just being kids!


Another favorite soft summer moment from being a kid is swimming! I’m not sure how but my brother and I could swim for hours! Lakes, pools, or even the old tarp slip and slide my dad put down with dish soap on it..we could have fun in the water for hours! I really hope the weather picks up this year in NW WA state so I can take my kids to the river to spend all day swimming!


Now as an adult with my own family my favorite soft summer moments are slowing down and sitting around a camp fire in our own yard, and roasting hotdogs and or marshmallows. No dishes to worry about, no crumbs to sweep up after…a mothers pure bliss! Sure the kids get a bit sticky, and one gets a bit sneezy (he has allergies, the Scotties samples I received are helping out nicely with Sages summer allergies!) but we all have a good time! My only care in the world is making sure Cruz doesn’t fall in the fire, and that the dogs don’t eat all the food!


Every year we try to make it down to the ocean for a barbecue and fun in the water. It’s always a good time watching the kids play in the “sand” (we have mostly rocks around here) and looking for sea life! My favorite soft summer moment at the beach is watching the sun set. It’s so beautiful and you can just relax and watch the water change colors and know your kids are going to bed soon 😉image


Head on over to Scotties web site where you can enter to win a cart load of Scotties! Also Scotties is now available on amazon for your convenience. Did you know about Scotties 3 to 1 tree planting promise? You can keep on having soft summer moments because they help sustain our trees! Here is an excerpt from their website:

What is our 3 to 1 tree planting promise?

Consider it our pledge to you and our environment, for today and all of our tomorrows. For every tree that Scotties uses to create its products, we will plant three more trees in its place. In the past 50 years, J. D. Irving, Limited has planted over 944 million trees. **For more info check out their web page HERE.

**Leave a comment about your favorite soft summer moment!


Scotties Facial Tissue provided me with a care pack of their facial tissue and a $25 gift card in exchange for writing this post. All thoughts are my own and were no influenced in any way. This post also contains affiliate links.

Greta the Fox Wooden Swing – Video Review

This swing is adorable! I was planning to install this in my playroom, but we couldn’t find a spot safe to attach the mounts Ikea Home Living Room Decor Ekorre Hook 2Pack I had chosen. So my husband found some wood and attached it between two trees. He made it low for my 22 month old son, and I think we will need to make it a bit higher soon as he grows.

The swings classic look makes it all the more fun as your child can play with the beads while swinging. We decided to use carabiner clips to attach the swing to our mount so we can take it down if the weather gets yucky. I have seen a few complaints that the swing does not have a safety strap, but the four sides of the swing come up so high I don’t see that as an issue since you should never leave your child unattended in a swing anyway. The quality of this swing feels great, and I can’t wait to make great memories with my kids outside!