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A SUMMER SURVIVAL GUIDE FROM THE MOTHER OF SIX BOYS, AGES 8 TO 19

Talk to Colleen Burns-Harristhal, TV Producer & Author of MOMARCHY, Why Moms Rule the World
 
Colleen Burns-Harristhal is a successful reporter and later became the producer of an Emmy-Award winning show. Colleen is still a journalist and author, but now has another demanding job as the mother of six boys under 19 years of age.  How does she do it?  Colleen reveals her summer survival tips and how explain how she transitioned from news to ‘MOMARCHY’! Colleen also has some creative suggestions on how to solve the summertime blues for your family.
 
RECOMMENDATIONS FOR SUMMER SURVIVAL
As a mom of six boys, my top summer survival hack is finding ways to help with the laundry.  As you can imagine, there’s a lot of laundry at my house. With new appliances like this Samsung FlexWash and FlexDry, now I have the flexibility to do laundry the way I want, when I want. It features two washers in one, and two dryers in one so now you can wash multiple loads at once. With the washer, you can wash smaller items – like swimwear on the top, and heavy-duty items, like beach towels and blankets on the bottom. And the dryer has a top-load drying zone for delicates to lay flat and gently dry, and a full-sized drum for larger loads, like bedding. For more information, visit www.samsung.com
 
TIPS FOR SURVIVING THE SUMMER WITHOUT A HUGE MESS
Summer is fun, but it can also be terribly messy. It’s easy to feel overwhelmed with toys and gear all over the house, dishes, sand, etc. It’s important to spend some time every day cleaning up after the fun so you don’t get inundated. Also, if you are having friends and family over, it’s important to make sure your home is presentable. The main focus is the kitchen and the bathroom. With the Clorox® Toilet Wand, the most frequently visited room of the house will be the easiest to prepare! The Clorox® Toilet Wand system disposable refill heads are preloaded with Clorox® Toilet Bowl Cleaner to give you the cleaning power you need, with none of the nastiness of a traditional, germy toilet brush – all while killing 99.9% of germs. Simply click a refill head onto the wand, scrub away the germs, then toss the head in the trash. And when you're cleaning the kitchen, here's a tip – already have your dishwasher empty so considerate guests can help with the dishes and have lots of garbage cans around the house for easy clean up. For more information, visit www.clorox.com

ON-THE-GO DURING OPTIONS TO KEEP KIDS SATIATED BETWEEN MEALS
As a mom of six boys, I think that it is always a good idea to have snacks at the ready. One of my survival tips is Crunchmaster™ crackers. They are crunchy, naturally gluten-free, and a perfect fit for on-the-go lifestyles during the summer. From road trips, to days at the pool, these make a great treat. I like to pack a cooler with our favorite Crunchmaster Multi-Grain and Multi-Seed crackers and include toppings like hummus, cheddar cheese, or peanut butter to make these wholesome snacks. And I feel good giving them to my kids because they're oven baked, non-GMO project verified and made from whole grains, seeds and that’s about it! They really are the perfect on-the-go snack for kids and parents alike all summer long! For more information, visit www.crunchmaster.com

BEST SURVIVAL TIP FOR A BUSY MOM FOR FEEDING A FAMILY ON THE RUN
My first survival tip is a reminder that dads can help with dinner, too. But as a mom, I always want to serve my family wholesome, balanced meals. My go to tip is Boston Market that has so many options – like these new Oven-Crisp Chicken Strips that are all-white, all-breast meat chicken, seasoned and hand-breaded, and then baked (not fried!) for a crispy, better-for-you crunch. My family loves them, and I feel good about putting on the table.  You can purchase them by-the-strip, in a meal with two sides and cornbread, or in a sandwich, a salad, a wrap, a market bowl or even a kids’ meal for the little ones.  It’s also nice that Boston Market is partnering with the Fisher House Foundation – known for its providing comfort homes for military families while a loved one is receiving medical treatment. For every Oven-Crisp Chicken Strip Individual Meal purchased on July 4th, Boston Market will donate up to 1,000 meals to Fisher House families in July, so be sure to head in and express your love for the men and women who defend our freedoms! For more information, visit www.bostonmarket.com