Why playtime is so important to us…

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I always carry a first aid kit with me no matter where I go. It helps us live more active, more fun lives. Today’s post is a partnership with The Motherhood/BAND-AID® Brand and NEOSPORIN® Brand.

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We believe that playtime is one of the most important parts of life.

Our motto is work hard, play hard.

After school and everyday during the summer these two are out playing. Hula-hooping, playing catch with the ball, hiking, running… you name it… they are doing it! Playing is so much more than just being active though. It’s about creating life long skills. BAND-AID® Brand and NEOSPORIN® Brand understand that the ability to play, create and discover is crucial to development during all stages of life.

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After three kids I’ve learned that keeping the kids safe has to be balanced with letting them explore. And that often means a few scratches and bumps here and there. BAND-AID® Brand and NEOSPORIN® Brand provide the tools to get out there and tackle new adventures — and to treat the inevitable mishaps that happen along the way.

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Mishaps can happen anytime, anywhere, so it is important to always be prepared with a first aid kit with products that can treat your everyday cuts and scrapes and products tailored to your specific needs

First aid kits should contain:

    • Essential products such as NEOSPORIN® + Pain Relief Ointment to help prevent infection and BAND-AID® Brand Adhesive Bandages to cover and protect wounds from dirt and germs.
    • For more serious injuries, always keep items such BAND-AID® Brand of First Aid Products Cloth Tape and a first aid guide on hand.
    • If you love to garden, you’ll want products that help treat itching from bug bites or rashes you may receive from certain plants, like BENADRYL® Extra Strength Spray, as well as tweezers for splinters.  If you love to cook, you’ll need products like BAND-AID® WATER BLOCK PLUS® Clear Bandages and ones that can help treat minor burns, like NEOSPORIN® + Pain Relief Ointment.

At participating retailers, if you purchase three or more qualifying products – such as BAND-AID® Brand Adhesive Bandages, NEOSPORIN® Brand products, BAND-AID® Brand First Aid products and BENADRYL® Anti-Itch topical products – you will receive a free first aid bag.

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When we are traveling I always carry a box of both BAND-AID® Brand bandages and NEOSPORIN® with me.

These little accidents always seem to happen when you are away from home too! I’ve even got the kids trained to carry mini first aid kids with them. They keep some in their backpacks and pockets! If you have a little one of your own at home you know that they also can double as a fashion statement and they have the ability to make little ones happy even without really needing one. Aka. my little one has been know to use a whole box to decorate her body!

I can’t tell you how many times we have ended up needed these and I was so thankful that we had some on hand. Just last week Pete and my middle daughter were doing box jumps and my middle daughter slipped. What could have made them stop, and have to go home for treatment, was handled right then and there with some BAND-AID® Brand bandages and NEOSPORIN® thus allowing them to keep having fun!

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BAND-AID® Brand and NEOSPORIN® Brand are working with KaBOOM! to not only encourage active play, but ensure that families nationwide have the tools to get out there and tackle new adventures through the following commitment:

            • Donate first aid products to play spaces that need them across the country.
            • Contribute to new creative play spaces in 2015 by providing Rigamajig grants to KaBOOM! Playspaces.
            • Provide safety and preparedness tips for the inevitable bumps, bruises, cuts & scrapes that might occur during play.

Actress, talk show host and campaign spokesmom Tamera Mowry-Housley has joined this effort to help remind parents about the benefits of play. Join me and the #playon campaign as we share our commitment to helping families live more balanced, active and playful lives.

Did you notice these adorable BAND-AID® Brand Adhesive Bandages the little one is using… 

Johnson & Johnson® has recently partnered with lifestyle blogger Joy Cho, who will add a playful twist to two iconic first aid products–BAND-AID® Brand Adhesive Bandages by Oh Joy! and First Aid Kit by Oh Joy!, exclusively sold at Target stores and

BAND-AID® Brand Adhesive Bandages by Oh Joy! feature bright, colorful patterns and designs, offering a fun way to protect cuts and scrapes. Features an assortment of 12 styles; available beginning in late May, only at Target stores and

Who says First Aid Kits need to be boring? The First Aid Kit by Oh Joy! offers a stylish way to keep all of your first aid essentials organized and on hand for easy access. Store this stylish-solution in your home, car and office. Available beginning in mid-April, only at Target stores and  When you purchase three or more first aid products, you will receive the kit for free.

How does your family play?

Heather Reese
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Heather Delaney Reese is the storyteller and photographer behind the lifestyle and family travel blog, It's a Lovely Life®! For the past decade, she has vacationed over 150 days a year with her family. She is a vegan, and loves being by the water, spending time with her children, husband, 2 Shih Tzus and Cat.


  • Ha! I have one of these first aid kids in my purse, all our SUV’s, three rooms in the house and each bathroom. Five boys and one girl have taught me to be VERY prepared

  • My kids are the bandaid queens. Not joking. They use them for bruises and for decorating their knees and arms sometimes. That means we go through a tonne of these. You have reminded me though that spring and summer are great times to stock up on some of these because there will be more falls and scrapes when the bikes and skateboards are out!

  • These are trusted products in my home, with 4 very energetic children bumps, scrapes and bruises are very common. These products help keep this mom happy and worry free.

  • I should be better prepared about this, as ex military and father of 7. I keep a nice first aid kit in my backpacking gear but that’s about it.

  • Totally agree that playtime is vital. Plus, my mom thinks that Neosporin will cure just about anything. “Just put some Neosporin on it,” is a term I have heard repeatedly over the years!!

  • I have a little first aid kit that I keep in my car. I also have a little band-aid supply in my purse. You just never know when you will need these supplies.

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