Mommy Katie

Saturday, October 3, 2015

TB Testing with the TB Blood Test

I participated in an Influencer Activation on behalf of Influence Central for the TB Blood Test. I received a promotional item to thank me for my participation.

As parents, we have a lot we need to do to ensure the health and well being of our children and families. We try to stay on top of the checkups with the doctors to monitor our families health, we try to keep them away from others when they are sick. We teach our kids the importance of hand washing, covering their mouths when they cough, and also by keeping our home as clean as we can. Along with this, we keep on top of the vaccinations and any tests everyone needs, and one that can be a trying one when it comes to the test and the time we have to take when we have had to get it done, is the TB skin test.

Years ago I worked in the medical field, and with that I had to ensure that I was up to date on my vaccinations, I had to get the flu shot each year, and another thing I had to do was get a TB test done. I can remember going in, every 4 years, getting that skin prick that puts a small amount of the TB protein in your skin. Once the test was started, you then had to wait a couple of days, to see if your skin has a reaction to the test. This test can make you itch in the place where it was done, and the reaction you can get is one where the site that the test was done on firms up and turns red, leaving a bump if you test positive for tuberculosis, which can also prove to be a false positive if you have ever had a TB vaccination. The skin test is basically a visual diagnosis from looking at your skin, leaving you going in for more testing like X-Rays and such, and if you are not positive for tuberculosis, it can end up taking more of your time.

The TB Skin Test is one that has been around for 110 years, and until recently, it was the only one I was aware of that was available. Because recently, I learned about the TB blood test that can be done in place of the skin test. The blood test not only eliminates that possible false positive you can get from the skin test that comes from a cross reaction from a previous TB Vaccination, but you only have to go in for one visit for the test, and they do a 3ml draw of fresh blood regardless of patients age or their immune status! Allowing you to not have to wait for 2 days to see if you get a reaction, but also making it so any anxieties that you or your loved ones might have about the skin test, a thing of the past! So if you or someone in your family are needing to go in to get tested for TB, be sure to ask your doctor for the TB Blood Test!

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The Switch Witch and the Magic of Switchcraft

When we think of the Fall we think of those fall games, hay rides, and Halloween. For my kids, they look forward to the night of Halloween, where they can go trick or treating and bring home their loot to enjoy. The thing is, when it comes to those traditions over Halloween, not all kids can enjoy them due to allergies they might have when it comes to those candies. So just like around the holidays when we add a Elf to the magic of Christmas, we can add a Switch Witch, who is there for all kids and ready to celebrate Halloween!

With the Switch Witch, you find not only a doll that can be named and added to your traditions, but also a story that can be read over and over again to the kids, each year as we prepare for Halloween. The Switch Witch comes from a Witchy World, where she and other witches find the need for fuel by using candy to keep warm. Allowing kids to give their candy to the witch, and in hand her using her Switchcraft to show her thanks to the kids by giving them a healthy treat or toy for the candy they give her. Making the collecting of candy over Halloween something that everyone can enjoy, even kids with allergies to certain candies and their ingredients, since they can give their candy to the Switch Witch and allow her to use her Switchcrafting to show her thanks to the kids!

We have found the Switch Witch to be a great addition to our Fall traditions, and I also like that once the kids have given the Switch Witch the candies they dont want after they choose a few of their favorites, my husband and I can then box up and donate the candies! Helping to not only make Halloween more fun for my kids, but also helping to give that candy they dont need to US Troops! In all, making the Switch Witch a great item to add to any home to help start a new tradition, and you can find the Switch Witch at your local Target store this Fall!

Product received, thank you to Switch Witch as well as the PR for supplying me with a product for this review, all opinions are my own.
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Friday, October 2, 2015

How To Pick Eyeglasses For Your Kids

Parenthood is difficult enough already, but when it turns out your kid might need glasses, you end up with a whole set of new challenges. It is, of course, better for your kid to see properly than to skip glasses, but getting used to glasses can be a huge adjustment for a kid who has never had to wear them before. Kids may be sensitive to teasing or bullying based on the glasses, or they might not really register how to properly maintain their glasses. Wearing the right glasses can help protect your childagainst a wide variety of vision issues, including myopia, hyperopia, astigmatism, and anisometropia.

Talk To Your Child About The Importance Of Eyeglasses

Communication is key - if your child does not understand the importance of wearing and maintaining their eyeglasses, then you will be spending a lot of money replacing them. Speak to them gently and age-appropriately about the necessity of wearing glasses, taking care not to lose them, and cleaning them properly so that they can see what everybody else around them does. Help them to take care of their glasses by giving them a cleaning kit to take care of their glasses and a sturdy glass case to prevent breakage. Also, make sure to purchase a backup pair. Stores like Zenni Optical make it easy and affordable to obtain multiple pairs with a prescription.

Make Sure The Glasses Fit Properly

As kids grow, their face shapes, nose bridges, and heads will change in size, which makes it more than a little difficult to find frames that will fit properly. When ordering eyeglasses for kids, make sure that the frame will fit your child’s nose in a way that will not allow sliding off. Confirm that the frames are not too big in anticipation of your child “growing” into the frames. Eyeglasses are not like clothes and cannot be grown into. The frames should fit perfectly, with no sliding.

Invest in Durable Material

Children are rough on everything, including eyeglasses. In order to lessen the chances of broken lenses, look into polycarbonate lenses, which are shatter-proof. Plastic frames are also more desirable for younger children, as they are lighter weight, and less fragile than frames made from other materials.

Don’t Forget Prescription Sunglasses

In addition to everyday eyeglasses, purchase a pair of prescription sunglasses for your kid. Prescription sunglasses can help protect your child’s eyes from harsh UV rays, and make it easier to see on bright, sunny days. If you don’t want to purchase a separate pair, you could always look into getting your child’s glasses tinted for sunglass wear. Sunglasses can be found cheaply at a variety of outlets.

Let Your Kids Pick The Frames They Want
Your child will be the one wearing and living with the eyeglasses every day, so let them have the fun of picking out the style of frames they want. Luckily, frames come in a wide variety of styles these days, and you can find something to fit any style, whether it’s serious, playful, bold, or understated.

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Thursday, October 1, 2015

#Giveaway Be Prepared For Baby with Philips Avent (3 Winners!)

As parents, we find that when it comes to time to be prepared for a new baby, there are so many things that we need to have in place. The list that we start from the time we first find out we are going to be adding to the family, grows as the time for bringing baby home gets closer. And by the time we are ready to bring baby home, we find that the list that we had thought would be a simple little list, becomes one that can be somewhat overwhelming. So knowing that I can turn to companies like Philips Avent, when it comes to having the items in place that will help with caring for baby, helps to make bringing home baby a little easier on everyone! Recently I was sent a great care pack of products from Philips Avent, that are ideal for having in place when you are ready to bring baby home.

To get started, I found the selection of bottles from the Philips Avent Natural line to be a great selection of bottles to go with, especially for those who are wanting to both breast feed and bottle feed! For me, I have always found that having both options available for feeding helps to not only allow me to get a break in between breastfeeding, but also helps so other family members can have the chance to bond with baby by feeding with a bottle. I like that with the Avent Natural Bottles, they have a innovative petal design on the nipples, which are designed to mimic the breast, giving baby a natural latch and making the transition from breast to bottle and back a easy one for everyone!

With the Philips Avent Comfort Double Electric Breast Pump, you get a breast pump that is comfortable to use, which in hand helps to relax mom and allows the milk to flow easier. I like that with this pump that you do not need to lean forward, instead you can relax while it is pumping. As it pumps, the soft massaging cushion helps to gently stimulate the milk flow. There are 3 settings on this pump, that allow you to choose the right setting, which helps to make pumping more comfortable as well. Another plus that I like about the Philips Avent Comfort Double Electric Breast Pump is that I can use the Avent Natural bottles on this pump, allowing me to pump into the bottles making them ready to feed baby with!

Then when it comes to putting parents at ease when it comes to a sleeping baby, I was sent the Philips Avent DECT Baby Monitor. With this baby monitor you get to stay connected and not only listen and use the talk back mode when baby is in their room, but you can also monitor the room temperature as baby sleeps. The temperature sensor allows parents to monitor the temperature in their babies room, so if the temperature changes, parents can go in and adjust the temperature since babies can not regulate their own body temps and can become restless if the temperature changes.

Other great features of this monitor include the Smart ECO mode, which allows the monitor to automatically minimize the power it is using when you are closer to baby, which helps to increase the battery life. There are lights on the monitor that are activated when sound is detected in your babies room, and the lights continue to detect sound even when the parental unit is muted. Then when baby wakes up and needs to be lulled back to sleep, you can turn on the comforting night light and lullabies! In all making these products from the Philips Avent line, a great selection to have on hand when you are preparing to bring baby home! And to help with preparing for the baby in your home, the wonderful people from Philips Avent would like to give 3 of my amazing readers their own pack of Avent products for baby!

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

The Fall season is upon us, and aside from the hoodies, pumpkin everything, and cooler weather, we also have those Fall sports for the kids. In my house, we try to encourage our kids to find sports that they enjoy and when it comes to our kids, football seems to be the sport everyone can agree on. The thing is, when the kids are on the field training, just like other parents who have their kids on the team, we are aware that accidents can happen. They can occur during a practice or a game, or even when we are off the field and the kids are horsing around and playing. So as a parent, I know that when accidents happen, it is best to have insurance in place and best to look over our options during the Fall open enrollment season.

We have found that when it comes to selecting the plan that is right for our family during open enrollment, we need to find a plan that offers the benefits that not only give us the medical insurance we need, but also give us options if and when an accident happens, like what we can get from Aflac. In fact, when it comes to finding the policy that is right for myself and my family, I have found that there is a lot of research that needs to be done on mine and my husbands part when selecting the policy that is right for us.

The options that I have found that need to be considered during open enrollment are ones that many of us overlook when it comes to the voluntary insurance, like the Accident Insurance we can get when we go with Aflac. When it comes to those accidents that can happen at any given time, especially when you have kids who are daring and or are in sports, opting for a Accident Insurance is something that can really come in handy if the need comes about.

The reason for having Accident Insurance in place is because when accidents happen, the average cost in medical expenses alone is about $5,500, and with Accident Insurance, you can get everyday financial protection in the event of a covered accident. The benefits that are paid for include the x-rays, physical therapy, appliances and more. Making Accident Insurance along with other Voluntary Insurances that are available through Aflac, something that those with families with accident prone children, as well as adults who are athletes and adventure seekers, a great choice to add during this Fall's Open Enrollment!

I was selected for this opportunity as a member of Clever Girls and the content and opinions expressed here are all my own.

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Wednesday, September 30, 2015

Learning Made Fun with LeapFrog

When it comes to children, I find it amazing on how much their little minds can absorb and learn. It seems like with my toddler that he finds just about anything to be fascinating, and is curious to learn more about when he finds. And as a parent, I like to find ways to keep my preschooler learning and having fun, like with the products I can find for him from LeapFrog. So when I was asked to be a part of the LeapFrog Mom Squad, I was excited to participate and learn more about the products that will help to keep learning fun and interesting for my toddler along with our other kids as well!

To get us started off on our LeapFrog Mom adventure, we were sent a LeapFrog Word Whammer, a LeapFrog LeapPad Platinum along with 3 packs of Imagicards to review.

With the Word Whammer, my older son and his friends found it to be a fun toy to play with as they challenge themselves and each other in a fun word game! This game is designed for kids age 4-6, and allows the kids to engage in 3 different games that adjust to my kids skill levels. I not only found this toy to be great to give to my older son, but I also found it to be a great toy that will come in handy next year as we prepare our preschooler for kindergarten!

Then with the LeapPad Platinum, my toddler and even my older kids can take turns having fun and learning with the games that they get with the Imagicards we were sent! The LeapPad Platinum offers a Kid-Safe tablet, with Kid Safe Web searching, parental controls that allow parents to manage their kids tablet through WiFi use, app purchases and more. And with the Safe Social Play, I can feel more at ease when my kids go on to play on certain apps, knowing that they are playing with their peers and friends who are on nearby compatible LeapPad tablets!

Aside from the safety features that the LeapPad Platinum offers, I can really appreciate that this tablet is made to be kid tough, and with the learning aspect, my kids can learn through play. They can do this by playing on the various apps available and by adding their favorite characters with the Imagicards that we can add to our collection! In all, making the products from LeapFrog a great selection to get for kids to help with learning and to also help with making learning fun!

Product received, thank you to LeapFrog as well as the PR for supplying me with a product for this review, all opinions are my own.
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Have a Happy Halloween with Vermont Nut Free Chocolates

Fall is here and with that you have the Fall gatherings, the Fall sports, and the Fall festivities like Halloween. For my family, we like to celebrate whenever the occasion arises, and when it comes to Halloween, we like to decorate, dress up, and have fun. We also enjoy having goodies around the house for guests to enjoy, and with Halloween I like to ensure we have lots of chocolate available for everyone to enjoy. So when we were sent a pack of the Vermont Nut Free Chocolates, I was excited to add them to our candy dishes this Fall for company to enjoy when they come to visit.

I have found that the Vermont Nut Free Chocolates are not only great to have on hand for when we have company over, but they are also a great line of chocolates that will be great for giving out to the trick or treaters this Halloween! They are great for everyone because of the fact that they do not contain peanuts, allowing kids who have peanut allergies to enjoy a night of trick or treating, without the worry of having peanuts in their candy. This also allows those who come to our house to visit, to be able to enjoy the treats we put out, even if they too have peanut allergies, and in hand, allowing everyone to enjoy their Halloween this year!

Of the selection we were sent, I found the Ghoulish Gift Pack to be great for having for those Halloween parties, giving guests a selection to choose from, and also giving your tables a ghoulishly tasty looking piece! With the Halloween Chocolate Drops, the Mini Pumpkins, and the Halloween Medallions, I found that these are great for filling up those candy bowls during a party, and also a great candy to hand out to the trick or treaters this year.

Then with the Boxed Chocolates, we found that these are not only a great selection of chocolates to give the teachers on our lists this Halloween, but also a great assortment of chocolates to have and share with others! Making the selection of Halloween goodies over at Vermont Nut Free Chocolates a great selection to go with this Halloween!

Product received, thank you to Vermont Nut Free Chocolates as well as the PR for supplying me with a product for this review, all opinions are my own.
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Cinderella on Blu-Ray and DVD + Free Activity Sheets

Since I was a little girl, I have always adored the stories of princess's. I can remember watching the Disney Princess's with my mom, and one of my favorites was Cinderella. The tradition of sharing those Disney Princess movies is something I carry on with my own daughter, and just like me, she also found Cinderella to be one of her favorite movies. So when the new Cinderella out to theaters, we waited in line, so we could watch it on the big screen, and now that it is available to bring home and share on family movie nights, we have found Cinderella to be a must have!

In this version of Cinderella, you get the story, the romance, and the magic brought to life. The story is similar to the Cinderella story that was in the cartoon movie, but brings the beauty of life and magic alive. From the story of a beautiful young lady who has beauty both on the inside and the outside, who takes life for what it is and lives a very simple life, to the amazing carriage, the dress and those famous glass slippers, you find it all and so much more in this amazing movie! Cinderella is available to bring home now, and to help with making the celebration more magical in your home, be sure to download the free games and crafts below!

Download Cinderella Majestic Games & Craft

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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On Purpose

One of the best lessons I learned from martial arts and yoga is how we physiologically respond to stimuli in our life, especially stress. Our flight or fight response can change our breathing pattern and set a tone for the rest of our day. Much of our breath during flight is in the upper chest and restricts oxygen flow. The best way to adjust your breathing is to push air to your diaphragm and breathe on purpose from your abdomen. Regulating your breath can help increase your brain function to make sound decisions and reduce stress. It is has the added benefits of massaging your internal organs and kickstarting your metabolism. Since breathing is part of the autonomic nervous system it’s easy to forget to consciously breathe with intention.

This concept of acting with purpose can be applied to many other parts of our lives: How we choose our partners and the efforts we make for each other, or dedicating uninterrupted time to spend with our family. We can choose to have a proactive life, and the little things (but vital) like breathing can act as a reminding catalyst to live with meaningfulness and sincerity. The same can be true of our professional relationships and the businesses we support. When I started Circa Yoga the goal was to create something that is eco-friendly, healthy, beautiful, and supports non-profits and foundations that held the same beliefs as I did. If you look at the project and feel that is resonates with your own values please help this Kickstarter come to life (on purpose:)
Remember to breathe deeply,

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Tuesday, September 29, 2015

#Giveaway Celebrate National Coffee Day with IMUSA Bistro 4-cup Espresso Maker

Today is National Coffee Day, and like any other day, I can not get a true start to my day without that first cup of coffee. For me, I find that having a nice hot cup of fresh coffee helps me to wake up and begin my day, allowing me to be more alert and take on the tasks that are ahead. So when I found that today was National Coffee Day, I was very excited to celebrate the day by using my new IMUSA Bistro 4-cup Espresso Maker that I was sent for review!
With the IMUSA Bistro 4-cup Espresso Maker, I can start my day with that same coffee I might pay to have someone else make at my local coffee shop, in my own home. I not only get a five bar steam pressure to use with my coffee shop style coffees at home, but I can also use the adjustable steamer on the side so I can froth milk for my coffee as well. Making it so like I have my own barista right in my kitchen, and ready to make my coffee drinks anytime of day or night that I might need that coffee!

The filter holder is simple to take out and empty then refill again for each use. I also like that I can brew 2-4 cups, and that if need be, the drip tray is easy to take off and clean out as well. Then when it comes to the choices I can go with when brewing my own barista style coffee at home, I like that I can make a cup of cappuccino or espresso, making the IMUSA Bistro 4-cup Espresso Maker, a must have product to have in any home where a coffee lover lives! And to help with celebrating National Coffee Day and making the celebration a daily event, the wonderful people from IMUSA would like to give one of my amazing readers their own IMUSA Bistro 4-cup Espresso Maker!!

Product received, thank you to IMUSA as well as the PR for supplying me with a product for this review, all opinions are my own.
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Friday, September 25, 2015

Surgery and Diet: Week 11 with Nutrisystem

Nutrisystem is providing my program free of charge in exchange for participation in the Nutrisystem Nation Blogger Program. All opinions are my own.

This past week has been a hard one for me. I was having pain in my jaw and it was causing my ear and head to hurt, so I went to my dentist. Turned out that those wisdom teeth I have avoided having removed for many years, were the culprit of my pain, and they had to come out. This was not what I had planned on doing this week, but I was in pain and the only way to relieve that pain was to go in and have my wisdom teeth pulled. Now, with the healing process I was given strict instructions on the foods and drinks I can and can not have, and with that, I was very pleased to see that even with a diet that the surgeon gave me for the next week, I am able to stick to the foods from Nutrisystem.

I was also relieved to know that with the soft foods, I was able to enjoy the soups that are in my Nutrisystem plan. And even though I was not that hungry after the surgery, I was able to stick with the diet through Nutrisystem. The downside of having the surgery is, well I have been stuck in bed, trying to deal with the pain, keeping me from going on walks or going to the gym. Making the goals when it comes to losing weight, harder to see, but still a goal that can be achieved with Nutrisystem!

And for the magic number that many are wondering about, I am down another 3 pounds, putting the to a 28 pound weight loss in 11 weeks!!!!!!

Nutrisystem is providing my program free of charge in exchange for participation in the Nutrisystem Nation Blogger Program. All opinions are my own.
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Tuesday, September 22, 2015

#Giveaway Go! Go! Smart Friends® Busy Sounds Discovery Home™ from VTech

When it comes to finding those toys that my toddler is sure to enjoy, I like looking for ones from brands that offer not only another toy, but a toy that keeps him busy. One line that we were introduced to last year, that we have been enjoying and adding to when it comes to our collection are the Go! Go! Smart Friends from VTech. So when we were sent the Go! Go! Smart Friends® Busy Sounds Discovery Home™ to review, we found it to be a great addition to our collection!

With the Go! Go! Smart Friends products, I like that like other VTech toys we have, they keep my kids engaged with imaginative fun. The Go! Go! Smart Friends® Busy Sounds Discovery Home™ is a toy that offers hours of fun for my little one to enjoy. I like that on each of the levels of the home, there are MagicPoint™ locations where my son can put Miss Norah on, and when he puts her on the various MagicPoint™ locations, she interacts with the house as the house comes alive!

My son found the elevator to be his favorite part, because when he puts Miss Norah on the MagicPoint™, she talks and the elevator will go up and and back down again, taking her from the second floor to the third floor. He also likes the playground that is attached to his playhouse, giving him a outdoor play area to take Miss Norah and her dog so they can walk down the path, play on the swing, go down the slide, and even have a cookout on the grill that came with his set. Also, once he is done playing, he can fold up the playground that is attached to his playhouse, and put it away until he is ready to play with it again.

Then aside from the elevator and playground that my son really enjoys playing with on this playhouse, he also likes that on the third floor with the bathroom, he can put his Miss Norah on the toilet and it makes real toilet noises. When he takes her to the second floor, he can put her in the chair next to the piano and listen to her play music, when she is downstairs, he can have her sit by the fireplace as she watches the fire, then go out to the front door to check the mail. Making the Go! Go! Smart Friends® Busy Sounds Discovery Home™ from VTech  a great choice to get the little one in your life, and to help with keeping your busy toddler busy with interactive play, the wonderful people from VTech would like to give one of my readers their own Go! Go! Smart Friends® Busy Sounds Discovery Home™!

Product received, thank you toVTech as well as the PR for supplying me with a product for this review, all opinions are my own.
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Snacking with Love Crunch

The kids are back in school and like so many parents out there, I am finding that my days are quite busy. So when it comes to being on the go, I enjoy having snacks that are simple to grab and take on the go. Recently I was sent such a line of snacks when I was introduced to the Love Crunch bars from Natures Path.

I found that with the variety of flavors to choose from, I can get a selection that is not only filling for when it comes to snacking, but also a selection that will satisfy that sweet tooth of mine. Then when it comes to the nutritional values, I like that they have 4g of fiber, 5g of protein, they are organic, gluten free, and are made with hemp. Making these bars a great selection to put in my purse on those days where I need to have a great snack that is perfect for taking on the go! So if you are looking for a great snacking option for yourself and your family, be sure to check out the Love Crunch Bars from Natures Path!

Product received, thank you to Natures Path as well as the PR for supplying me with a product for this review, all opinions are my own.
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Littlest Pet Shop: Halloween Fest on DVD

When it comes to those shows my kids enjoy watching, my daughter finds that Littlest Pet Shop is one of her favorites. So when we were sent the DVD, Littlest Pet Shop: Halloween Fest to review, she was excited to share it on our family movie night!

In this DVD, you find Blythe and her Littlest Pet Shop friends as they prepare for some Halloween fun! They do so by going on adventures where they investigate werewolves, ghosts, pet psychics and more! Making the Littlest Pet Shop: Halloween Fest a great DVD to add to your Halloween collection of family favorites!!

Episodes Include:
Eight Arms To Hold You
Pawlm Reading
War Of The Weirds
The Very Littlest Pet Shop

Bonus Features:

Product received, thank you to Hasbro Studios as well as the PR for supplying me with a product for this review, all opinions are my own.
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Supernatural: The Complete Tenth Season on Blu-Ray

In my house, we enjoy finding those shows for my husband and I to watch, and one show that we enjoy watching on Wednesday nights is, Supernatural. So when we were given the chance to review Supernatural: The Complete Tenth Season on Blu-Ray we were excited to add it to our collection! 

In this season, you find the show right where it left off, where Dean lost against power-mad angel scribe Metatron last season, he was resurrected by the power of the First Blade and transformed into a demon, cursed with the Mark of Cain. You can see where it goes and what happens next by watching the complete 10th season now! 

·         A Very Special Supernatural Special
·         Supernatural Theatre: Staging The 200th Episode
·         The Winchester Mythology: Battling the Mark and The Blade
·         Supernatural Fans
·         Supernatural at Comic-Con 2014
·         3 Audio Commentaries
·         Deleted Scenes
·         Gag Reel



1.    Black
2.    Reichenbach
3.    Soul Survivor
4.    Paper Moon
5.    Fan Fiction
6.    Ask Jeeves
7.    Girls, Girls, Girls
8.    Hibbing 911
9.    The Things We Left Behind
10.  The Hunter Games
11.  There's No Place Like Home
12.  About a Boy
13.  Halt & Catch Fire
14.  The Executioner's Song
15.  The Things They Carried
16.  Paint it Black
17.  Inside Man
18.  Book of the Damned
19.  The Werther Project
20.  Angel Heart
21.  Dark Dynasty
22.  The Prisoner
23.  Brother's Keeper

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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Four Reasons We Love Old Navy Canada

There’s a lot to love about shopping at Old Navy Canada. The reasons only get better when you make the decision to do your Old Navy shopping online. These are just four of the best reasons to keep Old Navy on your list of must shop online stores.

Something for Everyone

Old Navy offers clothing and accessories for people of all ages. From the youngest members of your household to those who are wise in years and young at heart. Old Navy offers seasonal casual and outer wear that’s perfect for everyone.
Old Navy carries clothing for children, infants, men, and women in regular, slim, and plus sizes making it truly a one-stop shop, on the World Wide Web, for most of your everyday clothing needs.

Affordable Daily Prices

One of the best things about Old Navy for anyone living on a tight budget for clothing is that they offer stylish clothing at affordable prices. You don’t have to rob your piggy bank or cash in college savings funds in order to pay for a perfectly functional wardrobe with a few exciting pieces too!
While Old Navy may not offer designer fashions, they do offer fun, functional, and even flirty clothing options for people of all ages – especially important when shopping for babies that seem to outgrow clothes and need new wardrobes every other month or so.

Frequent Discounts

The other great thing about Old Navy Canada online is that they offer frequent sales, bargains, and discounts. As an online shopper you get access to the same bargains and discounts announced on television advertisements and in stores. This means you have even more opportunities to save over Old Navy’s already low clothing prices.

The Power of Stacking

Stacking, is something you have the opportunity to shop Old Navy Canada online. It involves using Old Navy CA coupons and stacking them with discounted sales prices for even bigger savings. However, when you shop online you have the added opportunity to being your shopping experience through the portal. Doing this allows you to earn a percentage of the total price of your order, in the form of a rebate that’s sent to you. It’s just another way to stretch your dollars more when you shop at Old Navy.

While Old Navy Canada has plenty to offer Canadian shoppers, it’s only when you harness the power of all the discount opportunities online shopping presents that you can truly get the best return on investment.
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Numerology: Insights Behind the Letters and Digits

What is the meaning of life?  More personal, what is each individual’s role?  These are integral questions addressed by religion and science as well as numerology.  Whether passing interest or a reliable source of life decisions, numerology, and the associated insights offered by letters and digits, attract many followers and practitioners.

A Study of Numbers

Simply put, numerology uses numbers as mirrors to underlying intentions and vibrations of the spiritual and actual world.  One’s associated numbers (those related to one’s birthday) can lead to insight about character, purpose, motivation, and talent.  Expert readers help listeners assess when to move, change jobs, get married, and have children.  For some, numerology is a distant interest, but others make it a way of life.

A Calculation of Character

Numbers one through nine, as well as eleven and twenty-two (‘master’ numbers) are recognized by readers.  Each number represents individual characteristics and implications.  The master numbers are the only exceptions, which represent intensified versions of their respective summations (2 and 4).  Most beginners assessing the numerical equivalents of their date of birth as well as the numeric evaluation of their birth name.

A Path to Insight

Some host unwavering devotion for numerology while others engage for entertainment or immediate interest.  Regardless of speculation as an exact science, numerology does have a clear method.  Each letter of the alphabet is paired with a number.  Calculating names, dates, and events help some understand the present and act in the future.  While gazing in a crystal ball inspires speculation, it’s much easier to understand how a numerologist comes to a conclusion.

Measuring Energy

The word, love, is equivalent to the number 9, which represents generosity and self-sacrifice – two traits associated to our definition of love.  12, 15, 22, and 5 is equivalent to the four letters in ‘love.’  Breaking the numbers down further, ‘l’ becomes 1+2 (3).  Adding each number’s summation equals 18, which then becomes a 1 and 8, 0r 9.
Numerologists believe life is not a random chain of events, but the universe offers order, and people and events are prescribed and described based on the vibrations and order of the universe.

A Hard Science or Hard to Believe?

Numerology’s origin is well associated to Pythagoras and his followers, who determined theorems about numbers and spatial planes.  Pythagoras and followers also believed numbers held mystical properties.  Proving the Pythagorean Theorem is easier than convincing people that numbers behold special powers though.  Is numerology a convenient way to make sense of the unexpected, or do numbers really comprise the genetic code of the universe?  Psychic readings and other forms of spiritual exploration help beginners gain more experience to prepare for added learning.

Start Small

Start small, and find the numeric equivalent of your birth name.  Next, calculate the numbers associated to your birth date.  Do the numbers reflect who you are or choices made?  If so, other esoteric interests, such as tarot cards, may interest you.  Furthermore, search online for occult vendors and personalities who offer books, literature, and additional resources.  Procure knowledge and resources with added interest in numerology.

Karla Jones is a yoga instructor that enjoys researching psychic phenomenon. Over the years she has found her greatest influences to be numerology and tarot readings. She enjoys finding new ways to incorporate her insights into everyday things, which she often blogs about.

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How to De-Clutter Your Home

Getting to a clutter-free home, especially for those who have packrat tendencies, can feel like an overwhelming task. It’s not as impossible as it may seem, however, if you stick to the following simple steps.

1.       Tackle the Clutter
Identify the themes that run through your excess belongings – it’s easier to eliminate things once you have a clear picture of what to hone in on. Look at key areas and make decisions on each thing as you go.

2.       One Area at a Time

Instead of feeling daunted by the vastness of the project, focus on a small area to start with, such as the kitchen pantry.

3.       Fight Packrat-itis

Develop a strategy for dealing with belongings that have sentimental value, by enlisting a friend to help, for example. Ask yourself questions about what to keep/toss and be honest in your assessments about what’s of value and what’s just taking up space.

4.       Organize Your KEEP Items

Create a designated area for belongings you are holding onto. Make storage space and buy any necessary organizers (The Container Store has some great options).

Make a Plan for 1.       Moving Forward

Have an agenda for the best way to keep a clutter-free living space in the future. These tasks might include cleaning as you go, getting rid of things when you bring new things in, and doing a 15-minute clutter clearing stint if you see a problem beginning.

Cutting Down The Clutter
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Monday, September 21, 2015

#SavingSummer with Flowers and Gifts from ProFlowers

Wednesday is the first official day of Fall, and with that means that those Summer days we so enjoy are to come to an end. We are already seeing the changes of Fall coming, with the leaves changing colors, the weather cooling down, and the stores putting out those Fall and holiday decor items. The thing is, even though the calendar says Summer is ending, there are still ways to keep Summer alive in the home by having items that remind us of Summer.

For me, when I think of Summer, I think of those beautiful sunflowers with those bright yellow petals on them, and those delicious and juicy strawberries. So when I was asked to find some pieces that reminded me of Summer from ProFlowers, I found that the Gourmet Dipped Fancy Strawberries with a Sunflower Bouquet, from the selection of products from ProFlowers, were the perfect selection for helping me to keep the idea of Summer going in my home!
With the Sunflower Bouquet, I found that having those bright yellow flowers in the home, brighten up any room, just as the sun does on a warm summer day. Then with the chocolate covered strawberries, I was able to share a reminder of those fresh strawberries, that my family and I enjoy picking in the summer, dipped in a chocolate shell! Making the selection of Summer flowers and gifts from ProFlowers a great choice to go with to help with keeping the idea of Summer alive in any home for those who are not quite ready to say goodbye to Summer, and helping with #SavingSummer!

So if you want to help with #SavingSummer in your home or in the home of someone you know who adores the Summer, then head on over to ProFlowers today, and help them by welcoming Fall with a piece of Summer! Also get your coupon code by going here: 

Product received, thank you to ProFlowers as well as the PR for supplying me with a product for this review, all opinions are my own.
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#Giveaway Chicco NaturalFit® Advanced Feeding & Soothing System

I participated in an Influencer Activation on behalf of Influence Central for Chicco. I received product samples to facilitate my review and a promotional item to thank me for my participation.

When we prepare for a new baby to be welcomed into our homes and our families, we as parents want to ensure that when baby gets here, we have everything we will need in place for them. I think one set of items that most of us like to have in place are the bottles and pacifiers. I know that as babies grow, so do their mouths, and I also know that as they grow they need bottles that will be the right fit throughout their stages. So when we were introduced to the Chicco NaturalFit® Advanced Feeding products, I was very pleased to see the selection that we were sent for growing babies, and also interested in learning more about the line of products.

With the NaturalFit® Advanced Feeding & Soothing System, I can really appreciate that the products are designed to grow with baby as their feeding needs and styles change. I can also appreciate that with the nipple designs that the bottles have, that they are perfect for using with baby as they transition between bottle and breastfeeding!

In fact, when it comes to baby and keeping up with their feeding needs, I like that there are 3 stages that I can choose from with the NaturalFit® Advanced Feeding products.

Stage 1: Newborn Flow (Available as 5 oz and 8 oz bottles)
This stage helps to encourage proper feeding by using a wider nipple that is angled. This nipple also has a wider base than others, which helps babies to latch on properly and as well as help with babies neck positioning during feeds. With the angled nipple, the nipple stays filled with milk, which helps to keep baby from taking in extra air during feedings. Also, to help when it comes to taking in any extra air, and to help with reducing gas and spit up,  there are two anti colic valves.

Stage 2: Adjustable Flow (slow, medium or fast 8 oz bottles)
You find the angled nipple from the Newborn Flow is replaced with a straight nipple. With the rounded base, it helps for baby to adapt to their own advancements when it comes to their feeding skills! This is great for babies that are around 4 months old, where they have better head and neck control and issues with colic begin to fade away. And with the adjustable flow nipple, parents can adjust flow rate for baby’s growing appetite

Stage 3: Fast Flow (11 oz bottles)
These bottles from Stage 3 are designed for feedings with older babies and offer a increased suction strength. The base is a lot smaller and is not as rounded, which allows for tighter lip support. The nipple is longer than the ones you find on the bottles from the first 2 stages, which helps to encourage correct swallowing as baby grows!

Making the NaturalFit® Advanced Feeding a great choice to go with as you prepare for baby! You can find the line of the NaturalFit® Advanced Feeding & Soothing System products from Chicco by heading to your local Babies R Us or by going over to the Chicco site! Also, be sure to check out Chicco on Facebook! Enter to win one of 18 prize packs from Chicco by filling out the form below, contest will end on September 30th.

I-C will randomly select 18 winners from all tiered program entries and will handle fulfillment of the winning prizes.

Chicco Natural Fit Contest!

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