Thursday, September 24, 2015

7 or more hours of sleep per night: A healthy necessity for adults #YouKnowYouNeedSleepWhen

(The Jackson Five Family blog received a complimentary gift card to help facilitate this reader feature. However, all opinions are honest and our own!)

#YouKnowYouNeedSleep when you think it's a good idea to run to your fave coffee shop at almost 9 o'clock at night for a yummy cup of joe. Bad, bad decision. That's what my husband I did last night. It seemed like such a good idea and their newly decorated cups gave us even more reason to drink up and celebrate fall. I had been dragging all day and it definitely gave me a caffeine jitter that kept me up half of the night which isn't helping this morning.

Maybe I wouldn't be so tired if I'd follow the American Academy of Sleep Medicines new recommendation of getting at least 7 hours of sleep a night. At the top of their 'Healthy Sleep Tips' list is DON'T drink coffee any time after lunch. I definitely broke that rule last night and am guilty of many more!

Healthy Sleep Tips
Don't drink coffee any time after lunch, it can lead to tossing and turning all night.
Don't stay up late working on the computer --it prevents us from being able to 'wind down' and fall asleep.
Don't go to bed unless you are sleepy.
Don't read, write eat or watch TV in bed.


Do try and keep a regular sleep schedule, as you would for your child.
Do make your bedroom quiet, dark and a little bit cool. (It should remind you of a cave)
Do begin rituals that help you relax each night before bed --read a book (not in bed), take a warm bath, enjoy a light snack (again, not in bed).


7 hours of sleep shouldn't be that hard to obtain, but there's a million reasons why we don't get just that. For me it's things like busy nights with the kids, whether it be homework or evening sports it's hard to get them to bed on time and then I  feel like I have five million and one things I need to get done after they are out. The never ending laundry and housework, blogging after hours and of course our cell phones, we have to catch up on the latest gossip through social media and that's easy to do while laying in bed.

After reading some of the benefits of sleep I think I will try and get those 7 hours. One thing I read was getting enough sleep can ward off the common cold, even before it begins. Love that one. I also read that sleep deprivation ages you quicker, I guess that beauty sleep is a real thing :-) and of course the added alertness and energy you get throughout the day after getting enough zzz's should be reason enough to hit the magic number!

You can learn more about the benefits of getting at least 7 hours of sleep by visiting or visiting the American Academy of Sleep Medicines website


We've teamed up with the American Academy of Sleep Medicine to share these great tips with you on why it's important to get 7 or more hours of sleep per night. We'd love to help you hit that magic number so today we're giving away a $50 gift card so that you can go buy some relaxing bubble bath, maybe a new book to wind down to or even some new bedding or a pillow to help you achieve the sleep you need! There are many ways to enter and we'd love to hear how you plan on getting more sleep!


Tuesday, September 22, 2015

Halloween is only 38 days away, find your perfect Halloween Costume at Costume SuperCenter today!

Halloween is only 38 days away, are you ready?
My boys LOVE Halloween and have so much fun finding the perfect costumes to wear. This year we found Grady's at Costume Supercenter --He's going to be a Sumo Wrestler!

Oh my goodness how cute is he!! He's going to be ready to wrestle all of his friends in this inflatable Sumo Wrestler costume. It's powered by a battery operated fan, comes with a jumpsuit and a fun hat that resembles a sumo's wrestlers hair. It's an easy, no fuss costume that I'm sure will get him a lot of laughs and treats this year.
Costume SuperCenter offers the largest selection of kids and adult Halloween costumes online. Whether your child wants to be the latest super hero, their fave Disney princess, or the latest character from a movie, Costume SuperCenter offers just that and much more. You'll also find the best selection of adult costumes as well as fun party supplies all at affordable prices.
Don't wait until the last minute, pick out this years Halloween costume today!

Monday, September 14, 2015

New Styles to Fal for with Florsheim Kids Footwear & Giveaway...

Happy Monday! I hope you had a great weekend. It's finally starting to feel like fall around here and we're so excited about the latest fall footwear styles from Florsheim Kids.
My boys' are really into hightops right now. They wear them with everything... shorts, jeans, sweatpants etc. They are obsessed with them. So when they saw the Florsheim Varsity High Jr.'s they had to have a pair.
The Varsity High Jr.'s are a sporty, but casual lace-up everyday shoe that not only offers comfort, but they are so on trend. From sports to school they'll feel super cool wearing these!
Available in 3 fun styles - The black offer a sleek look with a smooth leather shell and fun red laces and the gray and navy offer a little more rugged look with a suede shell and white laces. Not into hightops, but love the look? Then you'll love the Florsheim Varsity Low Jr. and Varsity Slip Jr. styles!
I'm really loving all of the styles available this fall from Florsheim Kids. From comfy casuals, to more funky mixed patterns and textures they have a great selection to choose from this season.
We want to help you get a head start on your fall wardrobe this year. So we've teamed up with Florsheim Kids and we're giving away a $60 Florsheim Kids Footwear gift card!

Tuesday, September 8, 2015

Ringing Bros. and Barnum and Bailey presents Legends in Dayton, OH at the Wright State University Nutter Center September 24-27, 2015

(The Jackson Five Family received complimentary tickets to help facilitate this reader feature. However, all opinions are honest and our own!)

We're so excited to announce that Ringling Bros. and Barnum and Bailey are coming to Dayton, OH this month and presenting their 'Legends' show at the Wright State University Nutter Center. There will be 7 performances between September 24th-27th.

9/24 @7pm
9/25 @7pm
9/26 @11am, 3pm and 7pm
9/27 @1pm and 5pm

This show is fun for all ages. As Ringling Bros. and Barnum and Bailey presents Legends you'll experience the unimaginable family fun as amazing performers from around the globe perform awe-inspiring feats of daring, spectacles of strength and thrills of wonder to summon the mythical and the mysterious visions that have only existed in your imagination and now materialize before your eyes: the Unicorn, Pegasus and a Woolly Mammoth.

 Join in the fun and get your tickets now for an unforgettable family night!

Kids tickets are just $12 and you can save up to $4 on adult tickets by using code FAMFUN.
All ticket holders are encouraged to attend the All Access Pre-Show that starts 1-hour prior to show time. At the pre-show you'll be able to see animals close-up, visit with the performers, get autographs, try on costumes and much, much more!

Learn more and purchase your tickets HERE!




Want to attend the opening night show of Legends in Dayton, OH on September 24th at 7pm? We are giving away a family 4 pack of tickets to one lucky reader! Enter below!!

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Monday, September 7, 2015

Take a trip back in time and visit the Ohio Renaissance Festival weekends through October 25th...

The Jackson Five Family received complimentary tickets to the Ohio Renaissance Festival while working with US Family Guide. This did not influence the fun tie we had. All opinions are honest and our own! 

Yesterday we took a trip back in time and visited the Ohio Renaissance Festival. Although it was miserably hot we still ended up having a great time!

Before we even entered the front gates, Jace was saying this place is awesome, everything looks like it did back in the day. Yes, the castle like entrance sets the atmosphere for the 30-acre re-created 16th Century English village that offers over 400 years of fun in a single day!

The festival offers around 100 shows daily on 11 stages, 135 unique arts and crafts shops, hearty food and drink, games of skill and human-powered rides to amuse all ages.

There is definitely something for everyone at the Ohio Renaissance Festival. The boys loved watching the live jousting show, making their way through mazes and playing several fun games. Craig loved the food, his faves being turkey legs and kettle corn and Mom and I loved browsing all of the little shops that offered everything from jewelry to swords, costumes, floral headbands and much more.

You can take a trip back in time too --the Ohio Renaissance Festival is open on Saturdays and Sundays from 10:30-6 now through October 25th.

To learn more or to purchase tickets, please visit:


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