Thursday, September 3, 2015

Insure Your Travel with Allianz Travel Insurance








Today’s post is sponsored by Allianz Travel Insurance through the Bloggy Moms Network.


As we prepare for the holiday travel, which believe it or not, will be here before we know it, we find that we seek out the best deals, and save so we can enjoy our time away from home. In fact, for myself and my family, there is a lot that we do when it comes to the planning of any travel, from finding the best travel deals out there, to planning out everything we will be needing and even doing while we are on vacation. And with that planning I also want to make sure that when we are traveling, we are covered with travelers insurance.

Like many out there, when we plan our travel, we plan to stay within the budget we set forth, we also have found ways to save when we travel by looking for ways to utilize the services like Uber and Home Away. With these various services that are available for travelers, I like that we can use the services, and not only save money using them, but also find other attractions and activities to do that we might have overlooked, allowing us to get the most out of our vacations! 




Aside from looking for those travel deals on the various sites and planning out the details by utilizing the various money saving resources that are available, I also find that planning the travel for the days we will be traveling can help with reducing the stress while traveling. Having kids, we have learned that heading out on those heavy travel days, especially around the holidays, can be a nightmare. With the traffic, extremely busy airports and having layovers, I try to be very mindful knowing that while my husband and I might be able to handle the crowds and delays, our kids will not. So knowing which days are better travel days than others, helps to make the travel experience a better one for everyone!

Then once I have the details ironed out when it comes to our travel plans, I find that adding the travel insurance, such as the various travel insurance plans we can find when we shop the plans from Allianz Travel Insurance, help to not only insure our travel and protect us, but also help to give both myself and my husband that extra piece of mind. Which can also save us money if something were to happen, when we are away from home! 

I like that when we choose to use Allianz Travel Insurance, we can not only find a great travel insurance that helps us to save in the long run, but we can also utilize the travel tools they have available. Like the TravelSmart Mobile App, which gives us a app that gives us the emergency numbers, first aid info, local hospital info and more while we are traveling, so we can access the resources that might be of use for us. In all, making the choice to purchase the travel insurance and utilize the travel tips and tricks we can find when we use Allianz Travel Insurance, a great selection to go with for any family or individual when planning for travel.


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Wednesday, September 2, 2015

Turn Those Household Chores into Family Fun with Household Guide


In our home, we tend to stay pretty busy. The kids are heading back to school, our schedules find that there is a lot more added to it, and with that comes the fact that aside from the running around just to get the kids where they need to be each day, we also have our daily household chores, household shopping and honey do lists that need to be completed as well.

When it comes to the word "Chore" you might as well throw in the towel because my kids do not find any fun in them. They complain the entire time they are doing them and on days where we are busy, they can get missed. So as a parent who wants to make the chores something that is not to be dreaded, but something that can be fun, and even be more of a routine like they are intended to be, I was pleased when I was introduced to the Household Guide App!


I like that with this app, we can organize and create a chore list that is fun, allowing us to delegate various chores to the person needing to get them done, and even finding ways to reward when they achieve the goal by creating a points system! I like that we can all get reminders when it comes to completing various tasks which include the chores and honey do lists! I also like that when it comes to my own chores in the house, I can fit in the time to get them done, by putting in the time it takes to get them done then choosing which I can do at that time!


Then when it comes to getting the shopping done for the house, we can add to the shopping list, allowing everyone to put what they need and want on the list, and also allowing us to delegate who will do the shopping between my husband and I, on various days! In fact, when it comes to the various things we can do with this app, I find that it is the perfect app to not only have in the house for families to use, but also a perfect app for anyone who has roommates, allowing everyone in the home know what needs to get done and who is to do it.




Making the Household Guide App a must have app for the home, and one that not only gives the family lists and reminders of what they need to have done, but also a rewards system that we can create, which helps to take the dread out of chores and make it fun for everyone!

So if you want to change the way your family sees and gets their chores done, and find a way for making the best of your time, then get the Household Guide App today!




This post is sponsored by Household Guide, all opinions are my own.
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#Giveaway 20th Century Fox’s Maze Runner: The Scorch Trials Prize Pack + $25 Gift Card


Just when you thought you knew the ending, you find that the Maze Runner was just the beginning! Be sure to mark your calendars and make it a date to see Maze Runner: The Scorch Trials in theaters September 18!



In this movie following Maze Runner, you find Thomas along with the other Gladers ready face their greatest challenge yet! They go searching for clues about the mysterious and powerful organization known as WCKD. Along the way they find Scorch, a desolate landscape filled with unimaginable obstacles. They find that they have to team up with the resistance fighters, as they take on WCKD’s vastly superior forces and uncover its shocking plans for them all. Making the new movie, Maze Runner: The Scorch Trials a must see for anyone who found themselves wanting more after watching Maze Runner!


And to help with the anticipation of the new movie hitting theaters, the wonderful people from 20th Century Fox would like to give one of my amazing readers a prize pack that will include a $25 Gift Card, a Keychain and stickers!!





Product received, thank you to 20th Century Fox as well as the PR for supplying me with a product for this review, all opinions are my own.
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LEGO DC Super Heroes: Justice League: Attack of the Legion of Doom!


Finding those movies for family movie night is exciting for everyone in our house, and with my boys, they enjoy adding movies that include their favorite heroes. So when we were sent the new movie LEGO DC Super Heroes: Justice League: Attack of the Legion of Doom! on Blu-Ray to review, they were excited to add it to our family movie night collection!

In this movie you find the Justice League trying to save the city, as Lex Luther plots to take over. Lex recruits some of the baddest bad guys he knows and calls them the Legion of Doom. With his league of bad guys backing him, Lex Luther plans to take over area 52. Luckily Superman has some great friends with the Justice League, and with the help of the Justice League, Superman must find a way to stop this evil plan and save the day!



We found this to be a great kids action movie that made for a great addition to our family movie night, making it one I will recommend to others! You can find LEGO DC Super Heroes: Justice League: Attack of the Legion of Doom! to bring home by heading out and picking up your own copy today!


Product received, thank you to Warner Bros Entertainment as well as the PR for supplying me with a product for this review, all opinions are my own.
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Batman Unlimited: Monster Mayhem on Blu-Ray


Family movie night is a night that we all look forward to in my house. We enjoy finding those movies to share and watch together, and the kids like being able to contribute to the selection by adding some of their own favorites into the mix. To help us with our family movie nights, we were sent the Blu-Ray Batman Unlimited: Monster Mayhem to review.

This is a great movie to watch with the kids, and is perfect for getting everyone excited for Halloween! In this movie you find the scariest villains heading out on the same night together to stir up trouble in Gotham City. The ring leader of the villains is of course that infamous nemesis of Batman, the Joker, who not only wants to cause trouble on the streets but ultimately unleash a computer virus that can cause major issues with all of Gotham City's virtual technology.

Due to the amount of villains on the loose, Batman must ban together with other heroes who include Green Arrow, Cyborg, Nightwing and Red Robin to battle these baddies and save the city. Making Batman Unlimited: Monster Mayhem a great movie to add to any family movie night! You can bring home your copy today!

Product received, thank you to Warner Bros Entertainment as well as the PR for supplying me with a product for this review, all opinions are my own.
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Everyday Purchases Turned into Money for Schools with Box Tops for Education at Walmart

School is back in session and with that we find that we are getting back into those routines, the ones that start first thing in the morning. In my house, when it comes to getting my kids up and ready for school, I like to start their days off right with breakfast. So as we prepare for the kids to head back to school, I head to my local Walmart, where my kids can pick out their favorite cereals that they can eat in the mornings before heading to school.



I like that when we head to Walmart, we can find those cereals along with other everyday purchases for our home, that not only go to insuring we are stocked up on those everyday household goods, but also so we are stocked up on the foods the whole family can enjoy. Allowing me to get those breakfast cereals along with other items from the General Mills line that include the Betty Crocker Scooby-Doo Fruit Snacks that are great for putting in school lunches, and the dinner items like the Hamburger Helper Cheeseburger Macaroni that makes for a great dinner that I know everyone will eat.



In fact, when it comes to the various items I can get when we shop the General Mills line, I like that I can turn something as basic as a cup of Yoplait Yogurt and some cereal, into a fun and delicious after school snack for the kids by mixing some of their favorite cereals into their yogurt! I also like that for our Taco Tuesdays, we can get some Old El PasoTM Stand ‘n StuffTM Mini Tortillas, then set up a taco bar for everyone to go to and create their own taco dishes, and enjoy while we have a family game night!



Then when it comes to other important benefits of incorporating the General Mills products into the menus for my family, I like when I shop those everyday products from the General Mills line that we not only use for breakfast but for every meal in my house is that we can also turn those purchases into money for our kids school by saving the Box Tops for Education tabs that are found on the packages! In all, making the selections that can be found from the General Mills line at Walmart not only great for helping to create those menus in our home, but also a great choice since we can also help the schools when we save the box tops from our purchases!


So as you get your shopping lists ready for your weekly menus, be sure to add the products from General Mills into the mix! Also, you can find more about the Box Tops at Walmart by going here: https://goo.gl/OunOP9


This is a sponsored conversation written by me on behalf of General Mills®. The opinions and text are all mine.



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Tuesday, September 1, 2015

Get Rid of the Sag and Turn it into Swag with Pampers Cruisers



When we are out playing with the kids, the last thing we want the little ones to have to deal with is a saggy diaper. As a mom, I want to make sure that when my kids are playing, they can all play and have fun, even if the youngest is in diapers. I want them to all be able to keep up and not fall behind when the kids are running because their diaper is in the way. So when I was asked to check out the new Pampers Cruisers, which can be found at Target, and see the difference, I was very excited to get started!


During the summer, the little ones tend to wear little to no clothes at times, where we allow them to run in their diaper so they can stay cool and enjoy their playtime. But with the leaves beginning to change up here in the Pacific Northwest and the rainy weather coming in, the clothing optional option is no longer a option but a necessity. For us, the weather is already a lot cooler, and with my kids, we are pulling out the rain jackets and fall clothing. So when it comes to the diapers, I dont want them to mimic the rainy weather and be soggy, but offer comfort, allowing my little one to stop and play in a puddle, without having a diaper cause issues with his movement, which is what we get with the new Pampers Cruisers!


With the new extra absorb channels, they help to distribute the wetness evenly, taking my little guy from the soggy bottom boys club, to the big kids club where a saggy diaper is not a issue! These new extra absorb channels are great for keeping baby drier, which helps to reduce the sag, and with the fact that they are Pampers, I like knowing that they have that Pampers fit, which also offers extra protection.


Making the new Pampers Cruisers, which can be found at Target, a great diaper to have for any active babies, to help transform that sag into swag! And right now through September 5th, when you buy 2 packs of the Pampers Giant packs you can get a $10 Target Gift Card!!!


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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Is there Such a thing as too Much Calcium?


Calcium is arguably one of the most important minerals in the body. It is responsible for the strength of your bones, and your bones in turn are responsible for supporting and protecting your entire body, internal organs and muscles. Studies have been done that look at the consumption of calcium and what the effects of deficiency are (osteoporosis and brittle bones) but less of a spotlight is shone on situations in which people get too much calcium – whether it’s through diet or supplements.

There are various upper limits for calcium consumption depending on your age and sex, and these are listed here for your reference:

Life Stage                             Upper Limit
Birth to 6 months                                 1,000 mg
Infants 7–12 months                                           1,500 mg
Children 1–8 years                                              2,500 mg
Children 9–18 years                                            3,000 mg
Adults 19–50 years                                             2,500 mg
Adults 51 years and older                                  2,000 mg
Pregnant and breastfeeding teens   3,000 mg
Pregnant and breastfeeding adults  2,500 mg

In order to reach these sorts of upper limits, you would need to be drinking down ten glasses of milk a day (at approximately 300 mg a glass) and so it can be pretty safe to say that most people don’t get above the upper limits through food consumption alone – the excess has to come from supplement use. Taking products like calcium supplements made from algae can be a highly effective way of topping up the gap of your calcium deficiency if you have one, and using supplements only as directed is a vital part of safe supplement taking. It’s always best to consult your healthcare provider before beginning on a course of supplements or when adding a supplement to your daily diet.

Some older women in the United States would be close to exceeding the upper limits, as supplement use is prevalent in this demographic, so let’s take a look at what the effect of ‘too much calcium’ can be on the body.

It’s widely understood that consuming too much calcium causes constipation, and having too much calcium has previously been found to possibly impact on the body’s ability to absorb iron and zinc, but this is not substantiated widely. There is some speculation as well from the science world that too much calcium from supplements only (not from food) may increase the risk of developing kidney stones, but this causality is not entirely proven either.

There are other interactions that come from taking calcium supplements, as it has been shown that calcium dietary supplements can interfere with certain medications. Depending on the medication that you take, the medications may raise or lower the levels of calcium in your body. Let’s take a look at some examples of medications that can interfere with your calcium levels or that can have their absorption affected by the presence of calcium supplements.

        Bisphosphonates, which are used to treat osteoporosis
        Levothyroxine, a product that is used to treat low thyroid activity
        Antibiotics of the fluoroquinolone and tetracycline families
        Phenytoin, a drug that works as an anticonvulsant
        Tiludronate disodium, a product used to treat Paget's disease
        Stimulant laxatives and mineral oil reduce the level of calcium absorption
        Antacids with aluminium or magnesium work to increase calcium loss through your urine

 If you are taking any of these medications, or if you are considering starting taking a calcium supplement, then it is important for your health that you get in touch with your healthcare professional for their advice and for information about potentially conflicting drug interactions. Your healthcare provider can provide you with expert advice about the interactions, benefits, risks and other related information that you need to consider when you’re thinking of adding a calcium supplement to your diet. 

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Lose 3x The Weight with SLIMQUICK Pure Protein




As a woman, I have learned that the weight we gain does not come off as easy as it comes on. So I am always on the lookout for products that can help when it comes to trying to lose weight. Recently I was introduced to such a product, when I found the new SLIMQUICK Pure Protein.

The new SLIMQUICK Pure Protein is the only protein supplement designed specifically to help with weight loss progress in women and help them lose up to 3X the weight!  Plus, SLIMQUICK Pure Protein is delicious and provides 20 grams of protein and 6 grams of fiber per day!

I like that when I use the SLIMQUICK Pure Protein, I get a weight loss product that is the only one that is made with BioPure Green TeaTM, which is a natural extract that has been shown in a  clinical study to help overweight women like myself, lose 3 times the weight compared to just dieting alone, in just 13 weeks.

I can also appreciate that SLIMQUICK Pure Protein is made with natural ingredients, including whey protein, antioxidants, calcium and natural flavors. And when it comes to the flavors, I can choose from the delicious Double Chocolate and French Vanilla.



Then when it comes to getting answers to any questions I might have and support when it comes to losing weight, I like that SLIMQUICK offers a weight loss community that is available for anyone to join. It is easy to join the community when you head over to the SLIMQUICK site, and allows you to have access to mix and match meal plans, workout exercises and 24/7 emotional support. In all, making the SLIMQUICK Pure Protein a great mix to get when you are looking for products that can help with amping up your own weight loss!




Product received, thank you to SLIMQUICK as well as the PR for supplying me with a product for this review, this post is Powered by BrandBacker, all opinions are my own.
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Monday, August 31, 2015

Show Your School Support With Walmart & General Mills Box Tops


This is a sponsored conversation written by me on behalf of General Mills®. The opinions and text are all mine.



As we head back into the new school year, we realize that there is a lot that our schools need. We have fundraisers, help teachers out by purchasing classroom supplies that are on those back to school lists, and also by saving those Box Tops that we can find when we shop the line of products from General Mills which we can get when we shop at our local Walmart. In my home, we save those Box Tops off our General Mills products in a bag, so that when the schools ask to collect them, my kids can show our support by bringing in bags filled with the Box Tops.



When we shop our favorite General Mills products like the various cereals my family eats on a regular basis or even those granola bars we all enjoy, I can not only stock up when we shop at Walmart, but we can also help our kids school. Because with the Box Tops for Education, each Box Top our kids take in will give their school 10 cents, and with the 5 Box Tops that we can get right now at Walmart, for each box top, the schools be able to get use the bonus Box Tops as well!



I like knowing that the Box Tops for Education program has been running since I was in school back in 1996, and in all of the years they have been running they have helped the over 80,000 k-8 schools that participate in the program with over $525 million! I also like that with the money the schools get when we send those Box Tops to our kids schools, they can use the money to purchase whatever they need! Helping to buy those new updated tech products, sports supplies and whatever else is needed so that our kids can have the tools needed when they are at school! Making the Box Tops that can be collected from the General Mills products we purchase when we head to our local Walmart, a great choice when it comes to helping our school!



So as you prepare for the new school year, be sure to save those Box Tops that can find on the General Mills items at your local Walmart. Also, to find the list of products that you can purchase with the Box Tops on them and learn more about the Box Tops, you can go here: https://goo.gl/uwDy4g







This is a sponsored conversation written by me on behalf of General Mills®. The opinions and text are all mine.

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Saturday, August 29, 2015

Back to School Lunches with New Juicy Juice Splashers

The back to school season is here, and with the kids heading back to school, I find that when it comes to finding products to put in their lunches while they are at school, I want to ensure they have what they need to help get them through the day. So when we were introduced to the new Juicy Juice Splashers, I was curious to see what my kids thought of them.

With these pouch drinks my kids get a refreshing 50/50 blend of filtered water and fruit juice in a pouch. The Juicy Juice Splashers have 50% less sugar than the leading juice and are perfect for packing in lunch bags as well as having for the kids when we are on the go! Making the new Juicy Juice Splashers a great product to get for your kids when packing those school lunches this new school year!




Product received, thank you to Juicy Juice as well as the PR for supplying me with a product for this review, all opinions are my own.
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PINCHme Sample Boxes Delivered to Your Door

When we head to the stores and see products on the shelves that we may or may not be familiar with, we find that we might be hesitant to try the products. I am one who enjoys checking out product samples, so I can try the products that I am interested in, and if I like them, I will then purchase the products. So when I was introduced to the PINCHme Box, I was excited to see what it had inside and begin checking out the samples that came with it.
With the PINCHme Box, you get a box filled with samples delivered to your door each month. The samples are catered to your likes and interests when it comes to products, and is packed with the items that you pick out to try.

The boxes are catered to you because when you first sign up, you take a survey, then once the survey is completed, you get a list of products to choose from. The survey you take when you initially sign up asks about your household and shopping habits, so when you go to pick the products for your box each month, you will be getting those products you might be interested in trying out before buying!

Allowing the consumers to get samples on all of those products we see on the shelves and are hesitant to buy delivered to their door, so that once we have tried them, we can decide whether or not we will want to purchase the items later! Making the PINCHme Sample Boxes a great subscription box service to get for anyone who is interested in getting samples of those products they are interested delivered to their door each month!



Product received, thank you to PINCHme  as well as the PR for supplying me with a product for this review, all opinions are my own.
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Friday, August 28, 2015

#Giveaway Back to School With the World of Eric Carle

When I think of sending my kids back to school, including when it comes to my toddler who will be going to preschool, I not only want to send them with the supplies they will need in their classrooms, but also have the supplies to continue with the teaching in the home as well. With my toddler, I like knowing that when he is at preschool, he will be able to interact with other kids and learn from the teachers there. I also like to know that when he is home with me after school and on the weekends, we can continue with the learning by using products like the ones we were sent from The World of Eric Carle line!


Each of my kids have enjoyed reading the collection of books from The World or Eric Carle, and with the collection of flash cards along with the Alphabet Floor Puzzle, we can bring the fun we have had from the books to learning in the home.

With the flash cards, I can help my toddler with learning his numbers and counting. I like that with these cards, they have those fun characters that we can remember from the books, and are made to fit in little hands. The cards are also made of sturdy board, so even when my toddler has them in his hands while we play games with them, we can rest easy knowing he can not bend them or tear them up too easily.

Then when it comes to the Alphabet Floor Puzzle, my toddler and I can have fun sitting on the playroom floor, as we build a 10 foot wide puzzle and practice recognizing the various letters of the alphabet! In all, making this line of products from The World of Eric Carle, a great selection to add any home with little ones or even in a classroom, to help with making learning fun for everyone! And to help with your little ones this new school year, the wonderful people from The World of Eric Carle would like to give one of my amazing readers their own set of products like the one I was sent!






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

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#Giveaway Back to School with Products from Ohuhu®


As the kids get back into the routine of the new school year and as we begin to settle into those schedules I find that it is time to not only organize those schedules but also organize our house. In my home, we have a lot of shoes, and with the kids back in school and involved in sporting activities, they tend to need to have their shoes easy to access and find. The thing is, when the kids get home from school and do homework before heading to practice, the first thing they do is kick off their shoes, then when they get back from practice they do the same thing. Leaving us at times, searching for shoes when we should be heading out the door. So when I was sent some products from the Ohuhu® line to review for the new school year, I was pleased to see and begin using the items!


To help us with our dilemma of shoes being lost and ending up under the couch or chairs, I found the Ohuhu® 20 Pair Shoe Rack to be a great item to have in the home. It was very simple to set up and fits perfectly in our hall closet, giving the kids a place to put their shoes so they can easily locate them when we are heading out. I also like that with the 20 pair shoe rack, we can fit everyone's shoes on the rack, allowing everyone to be able to keep their shoes in one place and easily accessible.


Then when it comes to preparing those meals during this new school year, we were sent the very convenient Ohuhu® [2 in 1] Salt & Pepper Grinder Set. I like that with this grinder set I can end up saving time when cooking those meals for my family. Giving me both our salt and pepper mill in one amazing grinder. Helping to cut time when searching for a grinder and also allowing us to have freshly ground salt and pepper not only for when cooking, but also for having on the dinner table! In all, making the products from Ohuhu® a great selection to add to any home when looking to organize and to help make things a little easier for everyone! And to help with preparing your home for the new school year, the wonderful people from Ohuhu® would like to give one of my amazing readers their own set of products like the ones I was sent for review!!!






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

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Some Essential Preparation for Maternity Photos in Los Angeles Ca


Nowadays, everybody seems to want to have maternity photographs taken when they are pregnant. And for good reason, really. It is a unique opportunity to eternalize those special nine months in which you were able to experience the miracle of life. Maternity photography is a really meaningful part of pregnancy nowadays, allowing you to put into picture those raw feelings and emotions you experience during that time.

People also love to look back over the maternity photographs. While people like to have a photo shoot, they often only look at those pictures a few times and then forget about them. With maternity photography, however, the pictures come back out again and again, if they haven’t actually got a permanent place on the wall. On a psychological level, these pictures actually happen to strengthen relationships between partners and children alike. For a child to see a picture of themselves in the womb of their mother, and for a partner to see their significant other growing this child is something truly unique.

What Is Maternity Photography about?

When you take maternity photos in Los Angeles CA, you will find that you have an opportunity to be truly natural and beautiful. This is not a chance to look like a glossy magazine model. It is a chance to celebrate the natural development of your body. Naturally, a photographer will always make sure that you look your best, but it is important to set your expectations right. This is what you also need to prepare yourself for, both physically and mentally.

How to Prepare Yourself

A lot of women struggle with the psychological element of a maternity photo shoot. They feel as if their privacy is on the line. However, you have to remember that you have to decide how exposed you want to be. You can be anything from completely covered to completely naked. Simply put, you have to know your own limits and stay comfortable. Any discomfort you feel, also on a psychological level, will show up on your photographs. Hence, it is better to have more clothes on and feel comfortable, then to bare it all and end up with a hideous photograph. Also, remember that these photos are not solely about you. They are about building a family. So, make sure you bring other children, your partner, pets and anyone else you care about.


You also have to prepare yourself physically. Think about some of the things you want to wear, makeup you want to have one, poses you like, where you want to be in terms of background and more. Make sure that whatever clothes you wear do not sit tight around your belly, as you don’t want to leave clothes marks on there. Finally, remember that you are carrying a human body inside your own body. This is heavy and a lot of work. So, don’t stay in positions that don’t feel comfortable, rest often and don’t stay on your feet too long.

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3 Top Ways To Save Money

Britain has a free economy and research has shown that a saving of £1,200 is made by adults ever year by making use of freebies, special deals and money-off vouchers.

A study conducted by Halifax Home insurance has shown how the downturn in the economy has turned us into a country that is always looking for bargains, with twenty percent of the people claiming that they never buy anything at its full price. The top targets for discounts are deals that you get on meals, with 53% of the people saving on fast food, takeaways and restaurants, while the percentage of people saving on flights and holidays number almost as much.

The national stereotype never bargains, but 12% of people do haggle to get the right price, and just 1% of people find using discounts, embarrassing. This survey says that availing of a good deal is considered a social activity, with a large 44% of people roping in friends to share the discount with.

The result of this has led to twenty five percent of the people finding they can spend as never before, because of vouchers and money-off codes, which makes it cheaper to buy presents for friends and family.

Here are some tips that can help you to get on the bargain hunting bandwagon:

Discount code sites
There are dozens of sites such as voucherseeker.co.uk, moneysavingsexpert.com, vouchercodes.com, everydaysale.co.uk, vouchercodes.co.uk and myvouchercodes.co.uk, as well as the codes sites you will find on this website. All of them offer discounted prices on services and products that are offered by retailers online who sell financial services, fashion, books, gadget, gifts. DVDs, CDs, eating out, travel and hotels.

The offers will include free delivery besides percentage reductions(scaled) or a specific price. You will an explanation on each of the sites, as to how the codes can be redeemed. Generally, once you have arrived at the site of the retailer you have chosen, you then select the services or goods that you want and checkout, where you will be asked for the promotional code which then you have to update. These sites will have vouchers that can be printed and be used to get two-for-one meals or discounts in various high street outlets. Most sites will advice you off codes that are out of date, and will encourage you to register free with them, so that they can send you the latest offers through E mails. People looking for discounts register at a number of sites, as each has its own discounts that can be negotiated.

When you go shopping online, and are asked to input a code when you have to pay for the items,you can open a new tab on your browser and search for this code on the websites that offer discounts. You may not be successful in this effort, if it is a discount that the retailer that the merchant site offers to specific customers. These codes are at times available on sites like hotukdeal.com and are then available to the general public.

Recycle/giveaway sites

One of the sites that is most famous for recycling is the Freecycle network, that allows you to pickup items that others do not want, and even give away things you have no use for, and the site matches people who can use items that others want to get rid of.

This is an effort that saves landfill, and is an ideal place, where people looking for bargains can pick up things that do not cost them anything. This is a network run by moderators who are local volunteers, and the first such Freecycle group was set up in 2003 in London, and now the membership is almost 2.5 million members distributed in 540 groups all over the country. You can sign up with the group in your area and then post messages which indicate what items you want or can offer, and email is the way you can respond to the postings of other members. The person who has the original item makes the decision about whom the item will go to and sets up a time for its collection, and then one this process is completed, posts a message of "taken" again on the website.

The system works quite well as per experiences listed in the office of Guardian Money. Items offered on the group that I belong too included a bag of paperback thrillers, a sink and toilet that was unused, two sofas, a cage for a dog, TVs, and fridge freezers in working condition.

Freegle is a rival site that operates in the same way and has more than 1.2 million members in 313 groups. There is also a community advertising site for classifieds that lists items for sale, called gumtree.com, which also has a free section and this site has locations all over the United Kingdom. This week the free offers listed included house plants, a piano, free haircuts, and a large trampoline.

Free sample sites

You can get tips on saving money, enter competitions and freebie samples through links on sites that offer free samples of products. The disadvantage here is that you are required to register with these websites, if you want the freebie, and this can result in your inbox being flooded with newsletters. This problem can be solved, by having a separate email account just for sample sites and the newsletters that they will send.

Fantastic freebie sites: latest free stuff, freestuff.co.uk and www.wowfreestuff.co.uk/.









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Thursday, August 27, 2015

#Giveaway The Vampire Diaries: The Complete Sixth Season & The Originals: The Complete Second Season

Having those fun marathons of our favorite shows is something we love to do on a rainy day. I enjoy collecting the seasons, so we can go through, catch up and remember some of our favorite scenes and get us prepared for the upcoming seasons. And coming out on September 1st, the Complete Sixth Season of the hit series The Vampire Diaries along with the Complete Second Season of that must watch series The Originals will hitting shelves!



With the Vampire Diaries, you get a series that gives you the drama that leaves you thirsty for more! Season 5 left off with a passionate summer as the group was preparing to head off to college. Then following with Season 6. they are all back and picking up where they left off, finding that things can change very quickly!



Then with the series, the Originals, you find the original vampire-werewolf hybrid who learns so much, including drama over a baby mama, plot twists and turns and so much more!




Making both of these series a must have to add to any collection for fans of The Vampire Diaries and The Originals! And to help with celebrating the release of these two series, I will be giving one of my amazing readers their own copy of one of these series! 




Each household is only eligible to win (1) The Vampire Diaries Season 6 or The Originals Season 2 chosen at random via blog reviews and giveaways. Only one entrant per mailing address per giveaway. If you have won the same prize on another blog, you will not be eligible to win it again. Winner is subject to eligibility verification.

I was not compensated for this promotion.
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