Disclosure: Diary of a First Time Mom is taking the PURELL® 30 Day Challenge! Although I received some form of compensation for this post, all opinions remain my own. 

Dear Diary,

I can’t believe summer is unofficially over. This week, Caitlynn successfully completed her first week of preschool. All summer, she looked forward to returning to class as a big kid who can teach all the little kids to follow rules like sitting criss cross applesauce, putting on their listening ears and washing their hands.

Purell Chair

The new school year brings new friends, new experiences and new germs. That’s why we are taking the PURELL® 30-Day Challenge. The challenge is designed to encourage people to practice good hand hygiene to help reduce the spread of illness-causing germs. Caitlynn’s class took the challenge before it was even a challenge! Her teachers even sent home a form giving permission to use hand sanitizer. The children wash their hands before eating a meal, after using the bathroom and when there is visible dirt. To keep germs at bay beyond the messy moments, the students sanitize their hands. During our challenge, we used  PURELL® three times a day.

PURELL School 2


In the Morning

Caitlynn takes after her mommy–she likes to sleep in! Since we aren’t early birds, we often eat on the run. Although Caitlynn’s school provides breakfast and lunch, I serve her a snack, usually in the car. Before she drinks her milk or eats her breakfast bar, she uses  PURELL® wipes.

Before she heads up to her classroom, I squirt sanitizer on her hands.

Purell Art Studio 2

In the Afternoon

When I pick Caitlynn up from school, we sometimes hang out at the children’s museum, park or other kid-friendly attraction. Lots of fun and lots of germs, since there are so may hands-on learning activities.

Purell Work

In the Evening

In order to play hard, I must work hard. That means Caitlynn has to hang out at my office, which is equipped with a snack and sanitizer station. My co-worker bought Caitlynn washable markers, and she creates works of art to hang on our walls using our scrap paper.

I realize coughs and cols come with raising a preschooler, however a little soap, water and sanitizer will help us make it through the school year.

Hey DFTM Fam–How are you fighting germs? Do you plan to take the  PURELL® 30-Day Challenge? Sign up for a chance to win lots of cool prizes to keep your family happy and healthy.

About The Author

Vlog Mom/DFTM Creator

Not long ago, Heather Hopson hosted a television show in the Cayman Islands. Today, she's back home writing a different kind of story as a new mom. In her 15 years working as a professional journalist, this by far is her best assignment! Growing up, she dreamed of becoming Oprah Winfrey. She was the features editor for her school’s newspaper and a teen talk show host for her city’s most popular radio station. She went on to earn a bachelor’s degree in Journalism from Michigan State University. After graduation, she worked as a television producer and reporter at CBS, NBC and Fox affiliates throughout the U.S. Instead of heading to Chicago to join Ms. Winfrey on her set, she bought a plane ticket to the Cayman Islands instead. She arrived five days before a category five hurricane! She lived in paradise for seven years, hosted an award-winning television show and traveled the globe with a government delegation. She also served on the board of directors for Big Brothers Big Sisters and spearheaded a Send a Kid to Camp campaign. Then, she relocated to Washington, D.C. to obtain a teaching certification and instruct 8th grade reading at a high needs middle school. She later returned to her hometown of Pittsburgh, PA to raise her daughter Caitlynn, now 4-years-old. During her 10-month-stint as a stay-at-home mom, Caitlynn inspired her to create this blog, and Diary of a First Time Mom was born on Mother’s Day 2012. Two years later, she expanded the family to include 20+ writers. Currently, Heather serves as the communications director at Allies for Children. In addition, she is the owner of Motor Mouth Multimedia, which ranked #49 in Startup Nation’s Home-Based 100 Competition sponsored by Discover Card and Sam’s Club. Recently, The Pittsburgh Foundation and The Heinz Endowments selected Heather to receive an Emerging Black Artist award to develop Diary of a First Time Mom.

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