Friday, May 22, 2015

#Giveaway Give the Gift of Music to Dad with ATH-CHX5iS Headphones from Audio-Technica

With Fathers Day coming up, I find that it is time to find dad those gifts he will love. In my family, when it comes to the men, whether it be my husband, my dad or my brother in law, music is a common ground for them. Back around Valentines Day I had reviewed a pair of headphones, one that I found as a great gift to give that special person in your life. So when thinking of Fathers Day, I thought that giving dad the headphones I had reviewed would make for the perfect gift for giving that special man this year!

Well, the people from Audio-Technia agreed with me, and to help with finding dad that perfect gift this year to give dad they would like to give one of my amazing readers a pair of their ATH-CHX5iS Headphones. You can find the review I on the headphones by going here, and enter to win your own pair in the form below.

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Providing Comfort for Baby with the Sealy Cool Comfort Mattress from Kolcraft

When it comes to comfort, I know that personally, I enjoy comfort, and I seek it out, especially when it comes to the bed I sleep in. I find that having that bed, that provides that certain amount of comfort that can help both myself and my husband sleep through the night is very important. I also find that as a parent, having comfort for my kids is something I seek out as well, and look for from the time they are first born. So when we were sent the Sealy Signature Cool Comfort 2-Stage Crib Mattress for review, I was curious to check it out and add to the list of must have products to have in place when preparing for baby.

One of the first things that really stands out for me is that this mattress offers a cooling effect that is made with a soybean cool gel memory foam. This is part of the top layer of this mattress, and not only offers baby a comforting cooling effect with the gel, but it also absorbs babies movement and responds to the movement offering increased comfort as baby sleeps. In fact, aside from this layer, you get a total of 7 layers with this mattress, as well as a number of other features that you will find in the mattress that makes it stand out form the rest.

1Sealy Cool Comfort 2-Stage Cool Gel Crib Mattress
2Waterproof & Stain-Resistant Natural Cover
32-Stage Design for Infant & Toddler
4Cool Gel Memory Foam Technology
5CertiPUR-US Certified Foam
6Snug Fit in Crib
7Waterproof Stitching

Aside from the amazing comfort aspect I like that the materials that are used to create this mattress are medical grade, and help to inhibit the growth of any microbes and are eco-friendly. The covering of the mattress helps to repel any liquids, oils, stains, allergens as well as helping to resist the growth of mold and more! And as baby grows, this mattress does as well, with the 2 stage design that has one side with a firm yet comfortable high density foam for infants, then the other side with the soybean cool gel memory foam topper that is softer for toddlers! In all making the Sealy Signature Cool Comfort 2-Stage Crib Mattress a must have mattress to get when you are preparing for baby that will grow with your little one!

Product received, thank you to Kolcraft as well as the PR for supplying me with a product for this review, all opinions are my own.
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Thursday, May 21, 2015

#Giveaway Warner Bros. & DC Kids Prize Pack

Are you looking for some fun YouTube videos to check out and share with the kids? Well check out some of the amazing new videos from DCKids & Warner Bros' new Youtube channels - included are favorites such as Batman Unlimited, DC Super Friends and Scooby-Doo! There will be many more updates over the next year, so don't forget to subscribe to their channels!
DCKids Channel   WBKids Channel

Also be sure to enter to win one of 5 fun WB & DC Kids Prize Packs below!

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This post was sponsored by WBKids.
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Strange Magic on DVD

When it comes to finding those movies to share on our family movie nights, we like finding movies that the whole family can enjoy. So when we were sent the new movie, Strange Magic, to watch and review, we were excited to add it to our list of family movie night favorites.

In this movie, you get a musical filled fairy tale like no other bringing comedy, action and romance all together. One where you find that love can be found, even when you are least expecting it and showing that everyone deserves to be loved!

You find a group of characters that include a villain who is looking to stir up trouble, and a princess who finds herself with no faith in love and giving up on the concept all together. Other characters include a Sugar Plum Fairy, who is a bit crazy, a elf and more who come together to save the day! Making the movie, Strange Magic a great movie to share with the family and bring home today!

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Product received, thank you to the PR for supplying me with a product for this review, all opinions are my own.
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Wednesday, May 20, 2015

Looney Tunes Musical Masterpieces on DVD

Growing up, I can remember those Saturday morning cartoons, where Bugs Bunny was a iconic character. When it came to the Looney Tunes, my sister and I enjoyed the antics, as Bugs Bunny outsmarted Elmer Fudd or any other character that tried to dull his style, or as Elmer Fudd always said, "Kill the Wabbit" as he hunted the bunny who always seemed to be able to outsmart him. The Looney Tunes was not just about Bugs Bunny either, in fact, we loved watching as other characters were brought into the mix, a mix that to this day, is unlike any other and is seen as the original when it comes to those Saturday morning cartoons.

Aside from the memories of those cartoons, I have also enjoyed collecting these classics, and sharing them with my own kids. So when we were sent the new Looney Tunes Musical Masterpieces on DVD to review, we were very excited to check them out!

With this awesome DVD we get over 2 hours of hilarious Looney Tunes musical numbers to watch and enjoy in the 18 episodes that are in this collection which includes Corny ConcertoWhat’s Opera, Doc? and Rabbit of Seville. Making it so we can transform our own Saturday mornings in my home, and bringing a sense of nostalgia as we watch our kids enjoy the same cartoons my own parents shared with me! You can bring home this amazing collection to share with your family on May 26th!

Product received, thank you to Warner Bros. Home Entertainment as well as the PR for supplying me with a product for this review, all opinions are my own.

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Monday, May 18, 2015

#Giveaway Make a New Friend with My Friend Cayla

When it comes to toys, I find that it never ceases to amaze me when we find new toys and get a chance to check out the new technology that they use. For me, as a mom, it seems as the time goes on, we find more and more toys that offer some pretty fun and great interactive features, that make myself and even my husband wish we were kids again. In my house, when it comes to the things my kids enjoy playing with, one particular type of thing they can all agree on, even my 2 year old, are the apps. My kids enjoy finding, downloading, and playing apps as we come across them, so when we were told about a doll that is not only interactive, but also has a app that we can download so my daughter can interact with her, we were excited to check it out!

The doll is called, My Friend Cayla, and when she arrived, both my daughter and I, along with her friends, were excited to check her out. My Friend Cayla is a doll that brings those highly sought after 18 inch dolls, to a whole new level. She is unique because she is a doll that interacts with your child, through a app that you can download to your phone or tablet. Which then takes play time with dolls, into the world of technology!

We found that after taking My Friend Cayla out of the box, all we had to do was add batteries, download the My Friend Cayla App in the iTunes App Store, then turn her on and sync her Bluetooth with the phone. With the Bluetooth, I like that we can keep Cayla synced up to 30 feet with her range, allowing my daughter to walk around and play with her as she pleases, all while keeping her connected!

Once the app had synced with the doll, she was ready to interact. On the app we liked that there are several play modes, from the stories that you and your kids can follow along with as the doll tells the stories in the Story Time mode, to the games and even the photo albums that are on the app.

I also like that with the app, the kids can go on and ask the My Friend Cayla doll questions, like how to bake some cookies as well as other questions that Cayla can find answers to on the internet. I also like that there are parental settings preloaded on the app with the KidSafe Internet, so we can ensure that any questions and answers that the kids seek out, are appropriate.

With the stories that Cayla can tell, the girls can enjoy a great story that can make for a fun way to tell those bedtime stories! She can also help with math and spelling, making her not just another doll for playtime, but one that can be of many uses. Also, when the kids ask her questions, she will seek out the answers from references like Wikipedia and such online, allowing the kids play as well as expand their world with learning while they play! And for those times where they would like to play some fun games with their doll, they can go on the game mode, and play games that Cayla has available!

Then when it comes to Cayla's wardrobe, which is something my daughter and her friends really like about her, we can use doll clothes that are meant for just about any 18 inch doll, allowing the kids to not only interact with their doll, but also do her hair and dress her up! In all, making the My Friend Cayla Doll, a doll that any girl who enjoys collecting those 18 inch dolls as well as playing on apps, will enjoy and appreciate! And to help with getting your hands on a My Friend Cayla doll before she hits stores in the US, you can head on over to the My Friend Cayla Facebook page and enter to win one there as well as enter to win a doll in the form below!

Product received, thank you to My Friend Cayla as well as the PR for supplying me with a product for this review, all opinions are my own.
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#Giveaway Geleeo Self Cooling Gel Pad for Kids

If you might recall, I posted a review on the Geleeo yesterday. I had mentioned that this product is a new item to add to the lists when packing up to head out for those adventures and vacations this summer! You can read my review by going here. Well the wonderful people from Geleeo agree with me as this product being a must have for any parent to add to their lists of supplies to have on hand when planning the summer this year. So to help with completing those packing lists, they would like to give one of my amazing readers their own Geleeo!

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5 Companies that Pay You for Your Opinions.

If you want to earn some extra money, complete a survey. Buffalowildwings, and other companies, are more than willing to pay you for your opinions. You’ve probably heard about survey sites that will allow you to get paid for giving your opinions already. But some companies offer programs themselves for people who want to earn some extra money.

Here are five companies that will pay you for your opinions.

1.      Buffalo Wild Wings

Buffalo Wild Wings is famous for its hot and spicy wings. They regularly want customers to provide information on their produce. Sometime they give you the choice of payment, or they’ll give you a coupon for one of their stores. It’s often up to you.

Go online to their website and ask them about it. They’re known for being prompt and showing people how it all works.

2.      McDonald’s

McDonald’s is a global corporation. One wrong move could lead to the firm losing millions of dollars. It’s no surprise to see that it’s paying people to give their opinions on their products. Whilst they do offer surveys, they also favour voice surveys. Voice surveys are where you speak into a microphone and they keep the recording for research purposes.

1.      Pinecone Research

Pinecone research is a dedicated research agency that carries out market research on behalf of its clients. They will pay at least $3 for every form you fill out. If you qualify for their research, you can quickly find yourself earning a significant amount of money in a short space of time.

2.      Burger King

It’s no surprise to see the burger giant placing an emphasis on market research. Whilst some companies pay cash for your opinion, Burger King prefers to pay people in the form of coupons for their stores.

It’s a good option if you enjoy burgers, or you’re looking for something to pay for your next meal with.

1.      Sears

The good old American chain of department stores sell all manner of products. This is what makes it so good to work with because you’re always going to find one survey you’re eligible for. They pay slightly more for your opinions, so you can expect competition to be fierce at Sears.

Online Survey Sites

To remove much of the hassle, we recommend going to a dedicated online survey site. They’re superior to going directly to the company because you can keep track of your overall earnings and have access to other platforms.

Another factor you have to take into account is company policy. Many companies prefer to work through a third-party, rather than customers directly. In many cases, you won’t be able to access some companies at all if you’re unwilling to sign up with an online survey site.

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Sunday, May 17, 2015

#Giveaway Get Crafty with your Tweens with the Pillow Puffs Designer Felt Crafting Kits

In my home, we like to find fun arts and crafts items to have on hand for a rainy day or for those sleepovers that my daughter likes to host. One line of products that my daughter and her friends have enjoyed playing with when it comes to crafty project items is the line of Pillow Puffs Creativity Kits. We have found several of the items from Pillow Puffs creativity kits to make for a great rainy day craft idea, and lately with all of the rain we have been having here in Texas, we have found that having a few of the kits on hand is what was needed. So when we were sent a collection of the Pillow Puffs kits to review, my daughter was very excited to check them out and get to creating!

The Pillow Puffs creativity kits come from the same line of products that we have enjoyed adding to our crafting collection from the PomTree line of products. I like that they offer my own tween crafter and her friends, a chance to make a number of projects that are right up their alley when it comes to the themes and cuteness, and that offer a no mess project for them to take on. My daughter likes that she and her friends can not only choose to make some very cute pillows and such, but they can also make a variety of phone cases and key chains with the different kits!

With the kits, the girls can personalize and create a pillow that is unlike other pillows, with the added bling and cuteness to it. Then with the cell phone cases, the girls can create a very adorable case, that they can hold and carry their phones in. Making the various crafting kits from the Pillow Puffs collection, a must have collection to have in any home with a crafty tween! And to help with keeping your crafty tween occupied with oh so adorbs kits, the wonderful people from PomTree would like to give one of my amazing readers 5 of the Pillow Puffs Kits!

Product received, thank you to PomTree as well as the PR for supplying me with a product for this review, all opinions are my own.
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Adding the Geleeo to the Packing List this Summer

As we get ready for summer, plan out those vacations, and get all of the travel needs in place for our families, I find that having products that can hep with enjoying our time is also needed. For me this means having water on hand, snacks, sun block and other items on hand that can help us stay from getting burned or dehydrated while we are in the sun and heat. Like many, when we head to the amusement parks this summer, we will have our stroller with us, and like many, my little one will be riding along in the stroller, as we head to those amusement parks and other atractions. The thing is, when it comes to little ones in their strollers, they can end up getting really hot on those days that we might spend at a amusement park, walking around all day. So when I was introduced to the Geleeo, I immediately saw it as a new item that will now be on my checklist when packing to head out for those summer vacations with my toddler.

I like knowing that when we put the Geleeo on any of our toddlers' strollers, we do not have to worry about refrigerating it prior to using it. This is due to the hydrogel that is inside of the liner, that provides a constant, gentle and soothing cooling sensation. Making it so when we are walking on the hot asphalt during a hot summer day at a amusement park, my little one can remain cool. Allowing everyone to enjoy the time out, and also helping to keep my little one from getting overheated from summer sun.

When it comes to the other specs that this stroller liner offers, aside from the fact that it stays cool, I like that the consistency of the gel makes it so there is no leakage, even if the seat get ruptured. I also like that if it gets dirty after a day spent outdoors, I can wipe it clean, and that the materials that this liner is made of are all safe! In all, making the Geleeo a must have item to add to the list of products to pack when you are preparing for those summer vacations with toddlers!

Product received, thank you to Geleeo as well as the PR for supplying me with a product for this review, all opinions are my own.
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New Skylanders to Add to Our Skylanders Trap Team

With Mission 1st Grade Completed and Robert's birthday just around the corner, we have found that getting gifts for him to add to his various collections he loves, is the way to go! One collection that Robert enjoys playing with on a regular basis and also adding to is his Skylanders Trap Team, so when we were told about the new characters being added to the team, we were excited to review a few of them!

To help with adding some of the new characters to Robert's Skylanders Trap Team, we were sent Enigma, Flip Wreck, and Fling Kong to review. When Robert and his friends saw the new characters we were sent, they were not only excited to check them out and begin playing with them right away, but they were also excited to head out and find more of the characters to add to their own collections!

With the 3 we were sent, you find Fling Kong who is a royal protector of Kubl-Wa and is trained in the art of Monk-Ru, which is a form of fighting that uses the power of air! Flip Wreck is a bottlenose dolphin that is different from the rest of the dolphins and finds himself as the self appointed protector of his undersea world. Then with Enigma, we get a creature from the "between the worlds" who was summoned by a Mabu Mystic, and who might be a from a mysterious land, but chose to use his Sigil of Mystery to seal the doorway, cutting him off from his homeland forever. In all, making these new characters that we have added to our Skylanders Trap Team a great addition to my kids growing collection and game!

Product received, thank you to Skylanders as well as the PR for supplying me with a product for this review, all opinions are my own.
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Mark the Completion of the School Year with a Celebration and Oriental Trading

It is hard to believe, but the school year is almost over. I mean, it seriously seems like yesterday that we were beginning this school year, celebrating the mission ahead, and now, in just a couple of weeks, this year will be over with and the summer break will begin! For my kids, we like to mark each end of the school year with something fun, like going on a surprise vacation taking off the last day of school, having a get together with some of their friends, and also having a class party. Well with this year ending, my kids are not only marking the end of the year as completed with their friends, but they are also marking this being the last year they will be at the school they have been attending, because in just weeks, we will be moving from Texas to Washington, starting the school year in a whole new town and school.

So with that in mind, we wanted to make this year extra special when it came to the end of the year party, and since Robert's birthday is next month, we decided to throw a party, one to not only celebrate his birthday with friends here before we leave, but also one to mark, Mission 1st Grade, complete! We went with the military style party because it seems that with Robert and his friends, they are always role playing that they are on special missions, so what better way to end the 1st grade school year, than a Mission Complete Party! And to help make this party a success, we were sent a pack filled with goodies from the wonderful people at Oriental Trading!

Over at Oriental Trading, we were able to find the pieces we needed, in order to make the mission of having this fun party, a success! When I saw the camouflage table cloth, then the tableware that had the military look to it that included the cups and napkins, I found that the rest of the party came together nicely!

We were able to find the favors to give the kids, for both the boys and girls in his class to enjoy, which included a fun canteen, camouflage dog tag necklaces, army style sunglasses, camouflage binoculars, and some camouflage gliders that we were able to put all into a fun drawstring camouflage drawstring bag for each of the kids!

The kids loved having their own drawstring bags filled with their goodies, and within minutes of giving them their goody bags, the kids were already to start celebrating the completion of Mission 1st Grade! They right away put on the sunglasses and dog tag necklaces, filled up their canteens to keep them hydrated during the party, put on their binoculars, and started a fun race with their camouflage gliders! Making our Mission 1st Grade Complete Party, a success, and one that Robert and his friends will remember when they look back on the end of their 1st grade school year!

So if you are looking for a fun way to help your kids and their friends mark the end of the school year, or if you are looking for supplies to add to this years end of the year parties at school, head on over to Oriental Trading, where you can find the supplies to make your party a success!

Product received, thank you to Oriental Trading as well as the PR for supplying me with a product for this review, all opinions are my own.
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Friday, May 15, 2015

#NMNO15 A Nite Out for Mom

As a mom, we find that we do a lot for our families. There are plenty of times where we find that putting our own wants  and needs to the side, so that our kids can get what they want. So for me, I like to not only celebrate moms on Mother's Day, but also celebrate mom on National Mom's Nite Out with my mom friends. I found this night to be a new holiday to add to my calender after the fun we had last year, a night, where myself and my other mom friends, can take the night off and have fun together, without the kids.

To help with making our Mom's Nite Out happen this year, we were sent a party pack filled with products to get our night started, from BSM Media. We found that with the goody bags alone, there was plenty to enjoy.

With the goody bags for my guests, they were each given a box of some of the oh so delicious, Entenmann's Little Bites, a pack of Bicycle Playing Cards, along with other great goodies! Then for me, the hostess, I got a copy of the movie, Moms' Night Out, a box of wine glasses (which we used during our party) and a Frozen Strawberry Daiquiri from Daily's Cocktails, along with some snacks to put out for the girls to enjoy while we watched the movie before heading out for the night!

We found the movie, Moms' Night Out, to be a hilarious, and fun movie to make for a great beginning to our night. We then jumped on Twitter and joined in the Moms Nite Out Twitter Party, before heading out for appetizers at a local restaurant.

Of course we found that bringing the playing cards from Bicycle along for the night, made our night out a little more fun. We also found that discussing the products in the goody bags, which included some goodies from HP, My Printly and Glossy Box USA, made for some great conversation while we enjoyed our time out. In all, making Moms Nite Out 2015 a huge success, along with a night out we are still talking about and planning for next year!

So when you want to take a night with the girls, and you want to find a fun way to do it, be sure to add plenty of snacks and have the playing cards on hand, and also be sure to mark your calender for next years National Mom's Nite Out so you can join myself and moms from across the country as we enjoy a night made for us!

I was chosen to host a Mom's Nite Out Party through BSM Media. All opinions are my own.
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Thursday, May 14, 2015

HomeScreen Dual Band AC Router/Range Extender

In my home, we have a lot of devices that we use when it comes to the tech products, and with that, we rely on our home WiFi to keep us connected when using our devices. The thing is, when we have our WiFi up and running, and I am on my laptop or tablet, then my husband is on his tablet, the kids are playing on their gaming console, and I have Netflix streaming or even the satellite going and watching On Demand, that signal can become weak. For me as a blogger, someone who works from home and depends on that signal, this can be a issue, especially when I am trying to edit photos, run my social media accounts and write posts, while others in the house are all using the same signal I am using. So when I was given the chance to review the HomeScreen Dual Band AC Router/Range Extender, I was excited to see if it could make a difference!

I was very surprised to see how easy it was to set up. I set up the HomeScreen to be a range extender in my home, and once I had plugged it in, the setup was simple and only took about 3 minutes and I did not have to do anything with the setup process on my computer. I also liked that it took me step by step with the Setup Wizard. I was able to select my homes WiFi, sign into the signal, then set up the extender to my laptop by selecting the signal, so I could then use the signal for my own use.

With the range extender, I was able to setup a signal in my home office, that gave me a full signal from the other side of the house, and allowed me to get the work I needed done, without any lag when it came to my signal. I found that I have been very impressed in the speed I can get with the fast dual-band 802.11ac signal with integrated touch screen.

Once I was all set up and running, I liked that there was more to the HomeScreen than just being able to use it as a router or range extender. I mean, when I use it as a router, I can access the local weather, and other free apps that I can check out by using them through the touchscreen that I get with the router. I can also add devices if I want, allowing me to control the internet usage, Then I can even add photos if I want, through the cloud control that I can utilize from any desktop. And another plus is, I can take my HomeScreen in various rooms in my home, so I can get the most out of my WiFi regardless of which room I am in. Making the HomeScreen Dual Bank AC Router/Range Extender, a must have for any home where you either want to create your own WiFi with the internet, or use the range extender to enhance the WiFi! Also be sure to get 20% off with code: BLOGGY20

Product received, thank you to HomeScreen as well as the PR for supplying me with a product for this review, all opinions are my own.
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Wednesday, May 13, 2015

Saving Even More on Your Electric Bill

By now, everybody knows the basics of saving money on electricity: turn off the lights when you leave a room (and use LED bulbs), switch to energy efficient appliances, etc. Even after doing all of these things, though, your bills are too high. Surely there has to be something else you can do, right?
Good news! There is! There still a lot of things that you can do that will help you hack away at that bill until it is as close to zero as the municpal utility providers will allow it to be. Here are just a few of them:

Go Straight to the Source

Most of us think that we have to get our power through whatever source everybody else in our neighborhood uses. Sometimes this is true. There are many states that have regulated their energy industries to the point of only allowing single companies to provide power to entire cities or counties. 

There are, however, a lot of states that have deregulated their energy industries to allow for companies to compete against each other. In Texas, for example, consumers can choose to have their energy provided by natural gas companies, local companies or companies like Reliant Energy that operate throughout the country. If you live in a deregulated state, do some research. You might find that you can get a much lower rate on your power supply.

Use Green Gadgets

You’ve likely already upgraded your refrigerator to an energy efficient model and switched your stove and oven to natural gas models. That’s great! But what about the other gadgets and appliances you use? Sure, a lot of them, like your juicer, can be switched out for manual models, but there are lots of green versions of common gadgets that can help you save money as well. Bonus points are awarded for gadgets that can be charged up solarly.

Use Your Own Power

There’s an episode of Bones where Booth and Bones meet a guy who powers his blender by riding a bicycle. It seems extreme, sure, but it’s also possible. Hooking your bicycle up to power your blender or other small appliance isn’t as difficult as you might think. You can do it with a few simple tools. The great thing about powering your smaller appliances by riding a bike is that you can get rid of your stationary bike, further reducing your energy bill!

Draft Proof Your House

You would think that something so simple wouldn’t make it into this article. The truth is that there are lots of ways for air to get into your home and mess with the temperature and moisture levels inside. There is more to protecting your home than simply installing weather-stripping. You need to dig around a little bit. Pretend that you’re looking for access points that pests might use and plug them up! If you’re not sure how to do this safely, you can hire a contractor to help you keep your home air tight.

Go Outside!

Seriously! One of the best ways to reduce your energy consumption is to simply not use it unless you absolutely have to. Spend time playing outside when it’s warm. Go to indoor gyms and play areas with the kids when it’s cold. You can build outdoor fire pits for entertaining. Dressing up your yard so that it’s a fun place to hang out is a great project for the whole family. After all, isn’t one of the basics of energy conservation to use natural light as much as possible? What better way to use natural light than to go outside?

Big Projects

If you can afford larger projects, one of the best things you can do is install solar panels. The best place to put them is on your roof. You can also install them in columns in your yard. Another great way to reduce your municipal energy consumption is to install a windmill (just make sure you keep it well oiled so it doesn’t drive your neighbors crazy). There are also photophalic windows that absorb solar energy and provide power to your house.  

The more ways in which you can replace your municipal power supply, the better for your bills. There are some people who manage to get their homes almost completely off the grid. If you’re really committed to this goal, it might take time, but it is something that you can accomplish!

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Monday, May 11, 2015

Finding Relief Naturally with the MELT Method

As the years have gone on by, and I have had kids, I look back and see that I am not as small as I once was, years ago, before I had kids. I know that I am not as active as I was in my early 20's, when I had a metabolism where I could eat what I wanted, when I wanted, work out without having any pains, and keep a very nice, ideal size. Those years were carefree, I could go out with friends, shop like it was no bodies business, and eat all of the cake and chocolate I wanted.

When I had my first baby, I was able to get back to a size I was happy with after having her. I also seemed to have that metabolism that I had pre-pregnancy, so I did not see a need to change my eating habits. It was not until we had our second child, did I see the weight I had gained, make a permanent residence on my body.

I had been on bed rest for the majority of the pregnancy, I ate and ate and did not have any exercise to try to balance things out, and with that extra weight along with being pregnant, I developed back issues. The pain in my back did not go away either. I kept most of the weight on, and it became a chronic pain, where walking around, put a strain on my back.

This back pain not only caused issues when I would walk around, but also when I would sleep, causing me to toss and turn. I seemed to just accept that pain, as it became a part of my everyday life. Where my day would consist of taking some over the counter pain relievers so I could stay on my feet and tolerate the issue at hand. Then I had our third child, where once again, I found myself on bed rest.

I found that due to my experience with our middle child, I watched more of what I ate, and I did not gain as much during the pregnancy, but regardless, I had extra strain on my already pained back. With the bed rest, also came the discomfort that not only affected my back but the rest of my body, including my knees, making being pregnant, not very fun. I learned shortly after having our third child that the extra strain along with limited activity, caused my chronic back pain to go to a whole new level, and it was then when I realized I did not, and would not continue to just live with it. So to make things better for me, I decided to seek out ways to get natural pain relief

The first step to help ease the pains was to lose weight. It was frustrating, because that once amazing metabolism I had was gone, and the weight was coming off very slowly, but I knew that if I wanted to change things, the weight had to start coming off. I am still working on getting that weight off, and I have found that even the smallest slack, can cause me to take some big steps back. 

This has been a long process, and is not an easy one, and in my journey to not only lose weight but also find a way to eliminate the pain from the strain in my back and knees, naturally, I have come across a method called the MELT Method.

With a MELT Method roller, I can find ways to get lower back pain relief, naturally. This method is one that when followed, can help with bringing balance back into my body and reduce stress on areas where chronic pain exists. Helping so I can gain more awareness when it comes to my own body, and help so I can get that energy back! The MELT Method is one that I am looking into and one that I will recommend to others who also find themselves dealing with chronic pain, who want to find a natural way to relieve that pain!

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Saturday, May 9, 2015

Last Minute Gifts for Mom from Chamilia

When we seek out those Mother's Day gifts to get mom, we want to get her something that is special, and that shows her how much we care, even when it comes to the last minute shopping. So this year, I found that adding the 2015 Ltd Edition Mom's Day Adoration Charm to the list of gifts to get mom, to be a great addition!

For me, I am one who adores my charm bracelets, and I also like adding new charms to the bracelet. I found this particular charm to not only be very pretty, but also one that can help mark this years Mother's Day! On the backside of this charm, you find a very pretty design with flowers that have purple Swarovski crystals in them! The front of this charm reads mom, and not only has detail on the charm itself, but also on the ball where you find braided detail!
In all, making the 2015 Ltd Edition Moms Day Adoration Charm along with the other charms you can find from the Chamilia line, a great selection to give mom this Mother's Day!

Product received, thank you to Chamilia as well as the PR for supplying me with a product for this review, all opinions are my own.
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Add Litehouse Food to Your Mother's Day Brunch

With the list of things to put into place to make moms day extra special, I find that ensuring that the Mother's Day brunch with friends and family is made to be one that they will remember. So this year, when we were sent some products and recipes to add to our menu from the Litehouse Foods line of products, I was excited to check them out!

I like that the products give me that springtime freshness I look for when I plan a brunch, and I also like that with the recipes that the people from Litehouse Foods shared with me, I can create a great, tasty and fresh brunch for my guests this Mother's Day! So as you prepare for moms big day, be sure to check out the recipes below, and go out and get the products from the Litehouse Foods line you will be needing to ensure your Mother's Brunch is a memorable and enjoyable one!

Tea Thyme
·        Brew mom her very own herbal tea using  Instantly Fresh™ Herbs—try ginger, mint, thyme, sage or lemongrass to create a special, aromatic tea that will warm her heart.  You can make your own tea bags using coffee filters.    
Finger Sandwiches
·        No tea party is complete without Cucumber Dill Sandwiches – make these with Litehouse Instantly Fresh Chives and Dill and Opadipity Cucumber Dill dip
·        Make Ranch Chicken Salad Croissants with Organic Ranch dressing, English peas and almonds for a spring-infused take on the classic recipe
·        Show some lox love with Smoked Salmon and Blue Cheese Canap├ęs using Litehouse Chunky Blue Cheese
·        Bake or pickup your favorite scones and use Opadipity Vanilla Almond for a tasty twist on traditional clotted cream  
·        Pick up Mom’s favorite fruit to dip in Litehouse’s delectable Chocolate Dip

Product received, thank you to Litehouse Foods as well as the PR for supplying me with a product for this review, all opinions are my own.
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Gifts to Give New Moms this Mother's Day

Finding those last minute gifts to get the new mom on your list might seem like a hard task to take on, but it does not have to be. Recently, I was sent a box packed with a great selection of gift ideas to give moms with little ones for Mother's Day this year!

For me, I like having products that can help with making baby happy, especially when they are teething. And with the products found from Chewbeads, you can find items that not only look fashionable for mom to wear, but also to help with soothing sore gums when baby is teething! With the Chewbeads Teething Necklaces for Mom, you can find a great selection of necklaces that are not only fashionable, but come in handy when it comes to keeping baby comfortable. Aside from the jewelry that you can get mom from the Chewbeads line, I also like that there are beads available to give to baby when mom is not wearing her beads! Like the ones that attach to the car seat and other items like the stroller!

For the mom with a toddler in the home, giving the gift of a Cuppie from JJ Rabbit, help moms make that transition from the sippy cup to a big kid cup, a fun and comforting experience! These cups are unlike any others out there, due to the fact that they are made to be comforting like a sippy cup, with the fun animal friend that is found at the bottom of the cup!

When it comes to dressing baby, the line of clothes from the PAIGELAUREN Baby collection offer not only a great selection of clothing for baby to wear, but also clothes that are soft against babies soft skin! Giving parents clothes that are both simple and classic, so they are easy to mix and match, that are made from luxurious fabrics, making each piece a piece that is not only soft but also a piece that is meant to last!

Then for the expecting mom on your list this year, be sure to check out the Signature 4x Cotton Hipster Panty Gift Box from Cake Lingerie! I like that with these panties, you can give a expecting mom the comfort she wants from a pair of underwear that are not big and obnoxious like some maternity underwear can be, but still offer comfort and feel! Making the line of products from Cake Lingerie, a great selection to give to the expecting mom in your life!

In all, making the products I was sent to review, when it comes to shopping for the new or expecting mom in your life, a little easier!

Product received, thank you to the PR for supplying me with a product for this review, all opinions are my own.
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Make Mothers Day Special with the Salon Acrylic French Nails from KISS

With the final countdown to Mother's Day on and those last minute gifts to be bought, I like knowing that when I head to my local CVS, I can find products that can help to make mom feel special. When it comes to me, my kids know I love beauty products, and with my daughter she not only adores nail products, but we also find that doing one another's nails can be a lot of fun for that mother daughter bonding. So when we were sent some of the Salon Acrylic French Nails from KISS, we were not only excited to check them out, but also excited to know that when we want to get more, we can head to our local CVS!

I like that when it comes to those mother daughter times where we can have a salon day at the house, we can add these nails to the mix. They are simple to apply, the end result is amazing, and looks like salon quality acrylic nails at a much more affordable price! In all making the Salon Acrylic French Nails from KISS a great gift to get mom this year as you search for those last minute gifts that she is sure to love!

Now through June 6th, KISS is hosting in-store demonstrations and applications at CVS stores from 12:00 pm – 4:00 pm. FIND AT A CVS STORE NEAR YOU

Product received, thank you to KISS as well as the PR for supplying me with a product for this review, all opinions are my own.
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