Friday, February 27, 2015

Get The Photos From Your Phones Printed & Delivered with PhoMents

Like so many other parents out there, my phone is filled with pictures. Ones of the kids, the ones that I take during their games, when we head to the park, or for when I capture those little moments that are just too precious to pass on. And like many, I have these photos, that I do not flood my social feeds with, ones that I hold onto, not sure of what I will do with them, but would love to have saved so I can free up some of that space on my phone without loosing those little moments. So when I was introduced to the new free app called PhoMents, I knew I had found a solution on what to do with all of those photos that are on my phone.

PhoMents is the new and easy way to PRINT PHOTOS from your SMARTPHONE and have them DELIVERED to the home of you or your loved one! Designed to be a simple 3 click process, and just as easy as buying a song from itunes!
 
Everyone now days captures their photo moments (or as we like to call them, “PhoMents”) on their phones, but that’s where they stay - the “digital cloud.” However, this app now gives YOU the option to print those photos and send them to yourself or anyone you wish! Welcome practicality, simplicity, and ease - it's just what we need in the busyness of our everyday lives.                   
 
Find Phoments on app stores, Facebook, Instagram and www.printphoments.com now!



This is a sponsored  on behalf of PhoMents.
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Thursday, February 26, 2015

Enter the 2015 Nissan NV Passenger Van “Hit the Road” Contest

With those summer months and vacations getting closer and closer as we count down the days to get out of this cold winter that we are having, many of us find ourselves making those summer plans. Choosing where we will be heading to this year, saving towards those vacations, and getting those reservations for the attractions and places we want to go put in place.

I think one thing that we enjoy doing each year, is planning out that road trip. The one where we pack the family up, the camping gear, take out a map, and plan our route. A route where the stops along the way include amazing camp sites, hiking trails, and activities, that not only are fun to take on, but also to share once the summer comes to a end and make those memories that will last a lifetime! So when it comes to making those plans, we like to ensure we have the equipment we will need, so we can enjoy every step along the way and not have to worry about a whole lot of anything else but making sure we are all having a good time!

To help with those summer plans and epic road trips, Nissan is hosting an amazing contest for families! One where you might find yourself asking, could you use a brand new GoPro Camera? What about a 24 month lease on a new car and $1,000? For me the answer is yes please, and where do I sign up? Well right now you can enter to win this amazing prize pack when you enter the 2015 Nissan NV Passenger Van "Hit the Road" contest.

Here is some info on the contest:

Enter Hit the Road Contest! Are You America’s Most Adventurous Family?

Enter Hit the Road Contest for the chance to win a 2015 Nissan NV Passenger Van 24-month lease and create your own adventures on the road this summer!

Your family will hit the road this summer in your new Nissan NV Passenger Van, and show us how you put the Nissan NV Passenger Van to work in your everyday life – from sports practices and camp carpools to weekend road trips.

Visit www.familyfunpromo.com/hittheroad to submit a recent family photo and a 200 word essay and tell us why you are America’s most adventurous family and how you will hit the road with your new Nissan NV Passenger Van. 

Winner will Receive: A 2015 Nissan NV Passenger Van 24-month lease, a GoPro camera to document your adventures and a $1,000 prize money for incidental expenses. 

With the new 2015 Nissan NV Passenger Van, you find that there are over 324 seat configurations, room enough for 12 and places to store your camping gear and luggage, making this van one that is ready to take on those epic road trips and adventures this summer! So be sure to enter the "Hit the Road" contest, for your chance at winning!!!!!


Contest Rules:

NO PURCHASE NECESSARY. The contest begins on 2/4/15 at 12:00am Eastern Time and ends on 3/9/15 at 11:59 ET. Legal residents of the forty-eight contiguous United States and the District of Columbia, 25 years and older who have a valid U.S. driver’s license and at least one (1) child or ward who is living in their household for whom they are the legal guardian. The child or ward must be eighteen (18) years of age or younger at the time on entry. Void in AK, HI and where prohibited. Enter Contest by 3/9/15. For official rules and prize description, visit www.familyfunpromo.com/hittheroad. Sponsor: Meredith Corporation, 1716 Locust St., Des Moines, Iowa.

This is a sponsored post written by me on behalf of Nissan.
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Find The Right Plastic Surgeon By Doing The Proper Research

Are you considering plastic surgery for the first time? While it may be a confusing process, there are ways to make it easier. A great surgeon will help ease your mind about any procedure you want performed and is there for support and guidance. However without the proper research and resources at your disposal, you may not be able to find the right technician for the job. Undergoing surgery is a major life change and you’ll want the most skilled doctor you can find. You also need to feel comfortable around them, which means scheduling a consultation with a clinic in your area as soon as you can.

When it comes to serious cosmetic surgery, trusting your doctor is incredibly important. You want to only do business with the best plastic surgeon Toronto has to offer so you know that he or she will perform the surgery the right way the first time. A botched plastic surgery job is a terrible experience and can leave you feeling even more insecure about your body than ever before.




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If you’re serious about finding a reputable doctor, head online to find feedback and testimonials on the local plastic surgeons in your area. You want to look for someone who is certified by the federal board of plastic surgeons and specializes in the surgery you need performed. Then book a consultation at their office and meet them in person for a follow-up appointment.  

Plastic surgery has become much cheaper than it was in the past. Yet, be wary of "cut-rate" plastic surgeons, as a lower price may indicate a less desirable quality of work. Once again, it is important to do your research and make sure you're doing working with a surgeon that you can trust. While price is a factor, surgery is not something you can skimp on. This is a major purchase as well as a life change, so you need to make sure you are putting yourself in good hands.

These days, there is virtually no body part that can't be altered to your liking. Whether you are concerned about your posterior, nose, jawline, love handles or jiggly thighs that just won’t go away, there is a procedure that can sculpt your body and help you regain your confidence. To discuss your options, you should book a consultation with a plastic surgeon in your area who can go over all aspects of the procedure. Keep in mind that regardless of what procedure you have done, there will be a certain amount of recovery time required for your body to heal. 

The best plastic surgeons in your area will be honest with you and keep an open line of communication with you every step of the way. Undergoing plastic surgery is a major life change and can be a dramatic, emotional process. You need someone you can trust. If you’re based in Toronto, Dr. Ali Adibar is a certified plastic surgeon with several years of experience in both non-invasive and invasive cosmetic procedures. To find out more about the services he performs, book a free consultation at http://bestplasticsurgeontoronto.com.

This could be the year where you walk away feeling great about your body and the way you look. Don’t let your appearance hold you back. Gain control by investing in a quality cosmetic procedure from a trained practitioner. 




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“Here With Me” by Roxanna

Upcoming adult contemporary singer, Roxanna recently released her latest music video, “Here With Me” (featuring Soap heartthrob, James Scott). This is the 4th single off of her debut album, Exotica; a complete body of work including a string of moving ballads with smooth jazz and flamenco influences produced by Mark Portmann (Barbara Streisand, Celine Dion) featuring Chris Botti. Exotica is a soulful testimony to the trials and tribulations of love, forgiveness, and healing.

 “Here With Me” drew inspiration from a poetry book that Roxanna's dad gave her mother about 44 years ago: “She (her mother) marked her favorites by placing a rose or a stamp or some keepsake between the pages.” Roxanna took verses from her mother’s most beloved poems, made a few alterations and utilized the help of Chris Botti, to create this beautiful narration. 

Roxanna teamed up with director Samuel Gonzalez Jr. to create a highly anticipated prequel to her “Unforgotten” music video, also starring James Scott. Roxanna, finds her mysterious lover, James, waiting for her by the smoky bar in this 1940’s themed, romance narration. James and Roxanna lock lips in a cloudy figment of her imagination, as she emphasizes that the best times were in her lover's arms. Ironically, this black and white romance story comes to color, at the end of the music video, when Roxanna wakes up in James's arms and then attempts to sneak away with a bag of his money. However, the suave, sophisticated actor replies, "you're not going anywhere kid."

Watch Roxanna’s “Here With Me” music video below:


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New Softsoap Fresh & Glow


As we go about our days, there is so much on our minds, lots to do, schedules that have to be kept, along with a number of other things that we think about. When it comes to the schedules, like many, I do schedule a time in my day, where I can take a shower, and enjoy the me time, even if it is a brief amount of time. I see my shower time, to be a time to relax, clean and exfoliate my skin, and let that hot water and steam warm my bones, especially on these cold days. Well to help when it comes to really taking advantage of the shower time, when it comes to cleaning the skin, I was sent some of the new Fresh & Glow products from Softsoap.

With the Softsoap Fresh & Glow Hydrating Shower Cream, you get a soap to use in the shower, that is made from 100% real extracts that come from milk, coconuts, and almonds, which help to lock in moisture. The smell is fresh, and after a shower, you get skin that is soft and radiant!

Then with the Softsoap Fresh & Glow Exfoliating Fruit Polish, you get a soap used for bathing with, that is made from 100% real extract that comes from kiwi and orange. Then with the apricot seeds, you get a wash that exfoliates your skin while cleaning it, leaving you with smooth and healthy looking skin! In all, making the new Softsoap Fresh & Glow soaps, a great way to get clean, leave your skin soft and radiant, when you take that time for yourself and focus on the me time while you shower!

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

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Hair Products from Mixed Chicks

When it comes to doing hair, it can be a lot easier said than done. I can remember growing up, thinking that all hair was easy to maintain and do, that was until I had my daughter. My daughter is one who has thick, curly hair, and aside from the beautiful locks, she also has a sensitive head. So over the years, I have tried various tips and tricks that I have come across, to try and keep her mane tamed, without pulling on it too much when brushing.

I did a lot of braids, put it up, and kept it brushed, but as she has gotten older, she has found that she wants to be able to do more with it. Now this is where it can get tricky, especially with her hair being as thick, curly, and long as it is. On the days where she wants her hair straightened, we might find ourselves spending a couple of hours, taking on the task, first washing it, brushing it, then straightening it with a flat iron.

In this process of doing her hair, we have gone through many brushes, many of which have broken while we are in the process of using them, and tried many products.To find that the products were too greasy, or hair products that left her hair frizzy and coarse, where trying to get a brush through it was a task that neither one of us enjoyed. This has been a issue when it comes to her hair, one that we have just dealt with, until we were given the chance to review the products from Mixed Chicks.


Now my daughter is a mixed chick, being half Hispanic with some Native American in her blood, and with her hair, she has the hair I always wanted. The hair that was thick and had beautiful curly locks throughout her hair. Little did I know that with that hair that I had always thought I wanted for myself, was hair that was a lot harder to maintain than I had ever imagined, and having the products from the Mixed Chicks collection that includes the shampoo, conditioner, morning after foam and brush, has made the process of doing her hair the way she wants it done, a lot easier!

We like how soft and frizz free her hair is after using the products, and we also like how the brush we were sent, is easy to use on her hair. So there is not a fight over tangles, and she can glide it right through without breaking the brush. We also like the non greasy after look and feel the Gloss and Shining Hair Silk gives her hair. Making the products from the Mixed Chicks line, a must have on our list of hair products for keeping and maintaining the looks my daughter wants, when it comes to her thick and curly hair!

Product received, thank you to Mixed Chicks as well as the PR for supplying me with a product for this review, all opinions are my own.
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#win $1,000 For Your Organization

“See’s Candies is teaming up with VolunteerSpot to bring sweet fundraising success to four lucky winners. The Flash Fundraising contest, which is open now until March 2, gives your organization a chance to earn over $1,000 profit!

Signing up is simple! Just visit the contest landing page (www.volunteerspot.com/flash-fundraiser) and enter your name, e-mail address and phone number and you’ll be eligible to win. Winners will be notified the week of March 9.

For more information or to speak with a See’s fundraising expert, visit fr.sees.com. Happy Fundraising!”

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Monday, February 23, 2015

Paris Birthday Party Made with Birthday Express


I find it hard to believe, but my daughter Estrella is 11 years old. It seems like it was just yesterday that I was staring at her, in awe of the baby I had just given birth to in a hospital room, that first night we had together. I learned so much over the years, I learned how to be a parent because of her, and in the process, I have enjoyed every moment, watching as my baby girl grows into the young lady she is today. Well aside from the fact that my baby girl is growing up, we have found that when it comes to planning those birthday parties for her, her tastes in what she wants and likes have changed from the days when having a Elmo themed party was a must for her to having a Paris themed party. So this year, to help with creating the Paris themed party that she wanted, we were given the chance to review some party products from Birthday Express.

As we began the process of planning this years party, we decided that having a sweets buffet with cake, cupcakes, tarts, cookies and candy was the way to go for her French themed party. We found a large selection of products from Birthday Express that fit into her theme, which not only included the tableware and decorations, but also included some of the items that we needed to bring the treat buffet together.

For the decor, we found the Paris Damask Plastic Tablecover, which had the Paris themed party supplies to coordinate as we shopped on the Birthday Express site. We also found some balloons, paper lanterns, as well as a great selection of tableware, that all helped to give that princess Paris look to the room! With the themed decor, we were able to not only get the plates, forks, cups and napkins for her guests to enjoy, but we also found the Paris Damask Balloon Bouquet to make for a great item. For the rest of the room, we hung the paper lanterns, and added a variety of colored balloons, to fill the room with.


When it came to finding the decor supplies for the table, we added a fun Paris Damask Centerpiece, and a Paris Damask Personalized Centerpiece, which both helped to give her table that look she was aiming for, and were also easy to put together! The personalized centerpiece was one that caught the attention of the guests, because it not only had a Paris theme to it, but everyone liked the pictures and the personalization that we had done when we ordered the piece.

For the cupcake tower that she had in mind when she decided to go with a sweets buffet, we found the Paris Damask Reversible Cupcake Wrappers which went great on the cupcakes we bought for the party. They not only added that look she wanted, but also coordinated well with the rest of the decor. Another thing that we added to the cupcake set up, were the Paris Damask Cupcake Boxes, which helped make for a great party favor, and were a item she sent each of her guests home with.


We were also able to add the DIY Diva Zebra Deluxe Cookie Favor Kit, making the cookies a item that was right up her alley with the zebra print and pink style, and also fit right into the sweets buffet we had going. Then aside from the party decor products and favors, we were also able to get a Black Zebra Gift Wrap Kit, and a gift for her with the Pillow Puff Designer Elephant Kit! Which in all, helped bring my daughter's 11th birthday party together and make it a success by shopping and finding all of the products we needed this year under one roof when we shopped Birthday Express!

So as you prepare for any parties, whether it be that first birthday or even a sweet 16, be sure to head on over to Birthday Express, and check out the themes and kits they have available so you can bring your party ideas to life!



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

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Sunday, February 22, 2015

#Giveaway Making it Safer in the Car with the Diono Rainier

With the snow continuing to fall, and those days of driving around in it not quite coming to a end, we find that ensuring that our families are safe while we are driving on the snow and ice is a priority. We take the time to warm up the vehicles, get the snow and ice off of them so we can see, ensure our kids are wearing weather appropriate clothing, and strap them into their car seats, where they can be secured in place and kept safe. Like other parents out there, I want to ensure, that when we are in our vehicles, especially when the roads are slick, that my kids are secured properly in their seats. To do so, I like to know that I have the equipment needed, that is size appropriate, that will not only secure my kids in when I use them, but car seats and boosters that are also easily secured to the vehicle as well. One seat that I had heard about, that gauged my curiosity was the Rainier from Diono, so when we were sent the Rainier to review from Diono, I was excited to check it out

With the Rainier, we get a Convertible + Booster Car Seat, that can be used on children starting from birth at 5 pounds all the way up to 120 pounds. The features include a seat that starts out as a rear facing car seat for infants and small children up to 50 pounds, than turned around for kids 50 - 90 pounds, using the 5 point harness. This seat can then be used as your children grow, up to 120 pounds, as a booster seat.

From a parents perspective, I like that the Rainier is not only a car seat that can grow with children from birth up to the booster seat stage, but I also find the ease of installation with the SuperLATCH™ system to be a plus for me. When it comes to the safety features, I can really appreciate the 5 point harness, and the ease of adjusting it as my little one grows. With this seat you will find that there are 12 height positions, along with EPS foam which surrounds the child's head and body for complete side impact protection.


Key Features

  • Full steel frame and aluminum reinforced sides for unmatched safety
  • Reinforced extra deep sidewalls lined with energy-absorbing foam give Rainier superior head and body protection
  • Comfortably seats rear-facing children from 5 to 50 lbs
  • Highest forward-facing capacity of any car seat in a 5-point harness: from 20-90 lbs (up to 57" in height)
  • Converts to booster mode for children between 50 and 120 lbs. (up to 57" in height)
  • Unique SuperLATCH system that makes installation easy
  • Space saving design allows extra room for passengers while providing spacious interior for child
  • Folds flat for travel and is FAA certified
  • NCAP crash tested, the industry benchmark for verifying child seat performance in severe accident conditions

Then from my toddler's perspective, aside from him feeling like such a big boy in his new seat, he likes that he can easily keep his sippy cup at his side using the cup holder. He also seems to really like the comfort that this seat offers, due to the fact that he had no problem falling asleep while he runs errands with me. Which in all, makes the Rainier from Diono a great seat to have for anyone who is expecting a little one, or even has older little ones, since it is a car seat that grows with your kids!


Well to help with keeping those little ones safe, especially when the roads are slick, the wonderful people from Diono would like to give one of my amazing readers their own Rainier Convertible + Booster Car Seat!





Product received, thank you to Diono as well as the PR for supplying me with a product for this review, all opinions are my own.
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Teeth Fairies A Baby Teeth Tradition

As a parent, grandparent, or caregiver, we find that with kids, we get excited to watch as they grow and reach those milestones in their little lives. This can be something as simple as a baby reaching for a toy, or when they loose that first tooth. Well, as a parent myself, I find that those times go by so fast, so I like to treasure those moments, by saving them with either pictures or by saving something that marks those moments. So when we were sent the Teeth Fairies to review, we were very excited to have them so we can treasure those precious baby teeth and share the excitement of the Teeth Fairies with our kids!
Teeth Fairies: A Baby Teeth Tradition, is a book that we can share with our kids, letting their imaginations soar as we journey through the land of the Teeth Fairies. This book comes with a Teeth Fairy doll, who is ready to take on the job of collecting those baby teeth when they come out and so much more. The Teeth Fairy that comes with the book, is a fairy who is assigned to watch over your children's teeth, make sure they are keeping up with their dental hygiene, report and deliver those teeth.

Once our Teeth Fairy arrived, the kids were given the task to name our fairy. Then with the book, we not only found a great story, but in the back of the book there is a place where we can log those baby teeth, making the Teeth Fairies set, a family keepsake! So if you have little ones in your home, be sure to get your Teeth Fairies, and start a fun tradition with your family today!



Product received, thank you to Teeth Fairies as well as the PR for supplying me with a product for this review, all opinions are my own.
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Look Like Your Best Self With The Help Of Botox

No matter who you are, everyone wants to maintain a young and youthful look. However, looking great isn’t always easy. Stress, diet, smoking and other factors can dramatically increase the appearance of wrinkles on a woman’s skin. It can cause damaging effects to your self-esteem and overall confidence. Depending on your genetics, avoiding stress and having a good diet just isn't enough. We are all susceptible to the effects of time and nature but that doesn't mean that we have to live with the consequences. If you want to rid yourself of wrinkles for good, there are ways to do it safely. 

Instead of slathering yourself in expensive over-the-counter creams, imagine a non-invasive cosmetic procedure that will work for up to half a year and takes under 30 minutes to perform. Botox injections are a quick and affordable way to regain the youthful look we all enjoyed in our 20's and 30's. This treatment has the ability to revitalize our outlook on life and greatly reducethe presence of wrinkles around your eye’s, mouth and jawline. Alleviating the changes that occur over time, Botox injections create that youthful glow. They say that the better you look, the better you feel. Well, get ready to feel amazing. 



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Cosmetic injections are virtually painless and can be administered over your lunch break. After booking an appointment a qualified clinic in your area, simply show up at your allotted time. With the prick of a needle, a safe, FDA-approved toxin will be administered into the “problem areas” on your face, freezing fine lines in their path. The injection will stop the appearance of crow’s feet, laugh lines and eyebrow furrows for up to six months with little to no side effects. And in just a few treatments, you may even see a significant reduction in the signs of aging for good as your skin eventually “learns” not to form wrinkles at all. 

If you’re wondering whether Botox is right for you, book a consultation with a qualified cosmetic clinic in your area. The Toronto-based Skin Vitality Medical Clinic boasts several locations in the GTA and is known as the top provider of Botox in Canada. They even address the subject on their blog. Whether you want to read the latest post in the Skin Vitality blog, or scan the website to see if this clinic is right for you, they are available should you ever want to book an appointment. 

This is not to say that one cosmetic procedure is a cure-all for aging. A good diet, exercise and rest are still incredibly important. It’s funny how we see a few crow's feet here and there and suddenly begin to avoid the mirror as if it was a high school bully. Yet no matter how normal the aging process may be, a great cosmetic treatment like Botox can certainly help. We all need a little secret remedy up our sleeves.




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Friday, February 20, 2015

Doc McStuffins Cuddle Me Lambie on DVD



Disney Junior is a staple in our home, and when it comes to the shows that are favorites of ours, Doc McStuffins is on the list! We enjoy not only watching the channel, but also sharing those shows to watch over and over again when they come to DVD, so when we were sent the new DVD, Doc McStuffins Cuddle Me Lambie to review, we were excited to add it to our collection.

In this DVD, you get Lambie, who when a cuddle is needed, is there to help. Lambie gives the best cuddles, on top of being a princess and a ballerina, and in this DVD, you get Doc along with Lambie and the rest of the toys and patients in a DVD filled with lots of cuddles, fun, and music! Making Doc McStuffins Cuddle Me Lambie on DVD, a must have to add to any Disney Junior fans collection, and when you get your copy to bring home, you can share the fun hair clips that are included as a fun bonus for your little ones to enjoy!







Product received, thank you to Disney as well as the PR for supplying me with a product for this review, all opinions are my own.
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Spring Cleaining with the Sort 'n Store Toy Chest from Little Tikes

Spring is not far off, and like many, I am counting down the days. Aside from looking forward to the warmer weather, I also look forward to changing out our wardrobes, putting the big coats and sweaters away in storage until next year, and going through the rest of the house for that Spring Cleaning! When it comes to the Spring cleaning in my house, I go through each room, cleaning out the clutter, storing away things we dont need out at the time, and getting those spring and summer items out. So when we were sent the Sort 'n Store Toy Chest to review from Little Tikes, I knew that this would make for a great piece to help with the spring cleaning in the play room for the kids to use.

From a parents perspective, I liked that I was able to take this toy chest right from the box, and put it in its place in the play room, with the only assembly being to put the lid in place and put the bins underneath. I found the room in the chest alone to be a great amount of space, then with the bins that are included, we can store toys like blocks and other small toys in.


With the kids, they found that they were able to put a lot of their favorite toys, all in one chest. My toddler liked the ease of opening and closing this chest, and that with the space, he could fit some of his bigger toys like his car hauler, inside the toy chest, with room left for many of his other toys. Making the Sort 'n Store Toy Chest from Little Tikes a must have toy chest to have for any kids room or play area to store those toys in! You can find the Sort 'n Store Toy Chest in 4 different colors, along with other ideal toy storage products that are all great for getting that spring cleaning done, at the Little Tikes online store!


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

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Thursday, February 19, 2015

#trafalgarinsider Travel with Trafalgar Travel + Enter to #win a Trip to France

Many travel experts encourage consumers to get a jump start on their travel plans for this summer and to book now for the most choices and best deals. A really fun and stress free trip to take with the entire family would be a guided vacation. Just imagine enjoying a vacation without the typical travel hassles that stress us out! Figuring out the accommodations, the driving, the must see sights… all this can be stressful, especially if you are traveling as a family or even as couples or solo. Guided vacations (both U.S and international) are a perfect solution for many consumers to enjoy and one of the world’s leading guided vacations company, Trafalgar offers travelers unbeatable choices of more than 250 trips across 67 countries. Along with best-in-class Travel Directors serving as guests’ personal local expert and concierge, Trafalgar has curated unique Insider Experiences, featured on every trip—these Insider Experiences takes guests deeper into each destination with authentic, local experiences! Such as:

·         Be My Guest: dining experiences with local families in their homes, farms, wineries and more
·         Local Specialties: meeting experts in the local cultures, crafts and landscapes
·         Unique Insights: a special behind-the-scenes look at a culturally significant icon or place
·         Authentic Accommodations: stay in properties with rich cultural or historical significance
·         Hidden Treasures: surprise sights generally known only to locals unveiled by their Travel Directors  

Trafalgar offers a ton of choices in travel, not only in destinations but also for the kind of style you want. Do you want something more relaxing, where you don’t need to wake up early and have a jam packed day, or would you rather hit the ground running? Do you want a style specifically designed for families, or would you rather be on a smaller tour group that visits off the beaten path locations? They also have budget friendly styles as well! In total, Trafalgar has 10 travel styles to choose from the hundreds of trips they offer.

A guided vacations is a great option for many families, especially if you’re taking a multi generational trip, which is becoming more and more popular these days.  Some of Trafalgar’s Family Experiences packages that are perfect for all age groups include Castles and Kilts, Monkey’s, Jungles and Volcanoes, Pioneer Adventures of the Old West and more!  Start planning your trip of a lifetime hassle free, without worrying about details and let someone else do the driving, coordinating and planning! Please visit www.trafalgar.com or visit your local travel agent for more information.  


Aside from these great ideas when it comes to planning your next trip, right now through February 26th, you can enter to win a trip to France, you can enter by going here: https://www.trafalgar.com/usa/paris-competition



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Wednesday, February 18, 2015

#Giveaway Babies “R”Us and What To Expect “Mom’s Love-It” BOB Revolution SE Stroller

When it comes to preparing for a new baby, I am one who likes to seek out those products, the ones that are on the tops of those parenting lists, the ones that have won awards, and the ones that will make the life of a parent that much easier. So as I go through those lists of must have items when it comes to baby, I go over the products that have been voted as the top products in their categories like the ones you can find when you shop the list from the What to Expect "Mom's Love-It" 2015 Awards list! I also like, that as I go through the list of items on the Mom's Love It from What to Expect list, I can add those items to my registry and shop straight from the list. So you can guess that I was pretty excited when I was sent one of those must have items from the list when I was sent a BOB Revolution SE Stroller to review from the wonderful people at Babies "R" Us.
With the BOB Revolution SE Stroller, parents can take on many paths, from the park to the trails or even the beach. Making the steering easy with the 3 wheels and swiveling front wheel, which can also be locked in place for when out jogging or going through those tough terrains with baby, all while giving baby a smooth ride!

This stroller easy to fold up, and it is also easy to put away being that it is a light weight stroller. The seat is adjustable, so you can let the seat back for baby to rest in as you are out with baby, or have baby sit up. There is also a accessory adapter that makes it simple to turn this stroller into a travel system when you attach the BOB Infant Car Seat Adapter, or add the snack bar on for when you are on the go with your little ones.


Then with the canopy, there are different positions and a peek a boo window, so parents can keep an eye on baby when the canopy is down! Making the BOB Revolution SE Stroller, not only a What To Expect Mom's Love It Pick for 2015, but also a top pick on my list when it comes to preparing for baby, and to help with preparing for baby, the wonderful people from Babies "R" US would like to give one of my amazing readers their own BOB Revolution SE Stroller!!!





"These innovative strollers include mom-approved maneuverability, an easy two-step folding lightweight frame, and an adjustable reclining seat that makes pushing baby easy. The stroller is a staple with respected celeb moms globally, including Jennifer Garner, Gisele Bundchen and Pink, to name a few."



Product received, thank you to Babies "R" US for supplying me with a product for this review, all opinions are my own.
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Four Ways to Comfort and Entertain Your Baby

If you’re pregnant, or have recently given birth, it’s important to consider how you will comfort and entertain your baby when they are resting, or when you want them to go to sleep. To start with, many babies cry when they’re separated from their parents in the crib. There are many ways to comfort your baby and keep them entertained, without removing them from the crib. This is an important part of your child’s development, and helps them establish their independence. Here are four ways to comfort and entertain your new baby:

Your Voice

Even if you don’t remove your baby from their crib, you can use your voice to soothe and entertain him or her. Research shows that babies begin to hear from around week 16 of pregnancy, although initially will be limited to sounds from inside the body. This develops quickly, and studies have demonstrated the fetus can recognise voices around week 24. If your baby can recognise your voice before it’s even born, it shouldn’t come as a surprise to learn that this is one of the most comforting sounds available to them.

Baby Mobiles

When you put your baby into the crib, they’re not going to be asleep 100% of the time. A blank, white ceiling isn’t very interesting to a newborn, and the lack of stimulus can leave your baby feeling frustrated and tearful. You can combat this with a baby mobile, which will hang above your child’s crib to keep them entertained. You can get baby mobiles to hang from the ceiling or, if you prefer, attach onto the side of the crib. Both are widely available, and you should find one with moving parts for best results.




Night Lights

If you find it difficult to get your baby to sleep through the night, you should consider purchasing a night light to comfort your baby. Night lights are kept on throughout the night, and emit a soft, light glow. This has been found to relax babies, helping them drift back to sleep when they wake during the night. They also have many benefits for the parents, too. If you’re making regular trips to your baby’s crib during the night, you may find that turning on the main lights wakes you fully, preventing you from falling back to sleep when you return to bed. Night lights are the perfect solution – they’re bright enough that you can see where you’re going, but soft enough to keep you in the sleep zone.

Sound Machines

Sound machines are the perfect solution for babies that find it difficult to fall asleep at night, or that easily wake from their sleep when they hear unfamiliar sounds. The sound machine will play a series of sounds to your baby throughout the night. Although this may seem counter-intuitive, they work extremely well and can make all the difference when it comes to persuading your baby to sleep through the night. Newborns are used to lots of noise – they’ve just spent 9 months inside their mother’s womb, which is never completely silent. Being placed inside a quiet room is therefore a strange experience for them, and they need time to adjust. A sound machine is the perfect compromise, as they enable your child to feel comfortable, whilst giving you the freedom to get the rest you need.



For more information and advice on comforting and entertaining your baby see the nursery guide on Parent.Guide.
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Tuesday, February 17, 2015

Baby Basics: Gifts To Get New Parents

If you have friends who are transitioning into the world of parenthood, you can show your care just by giving them some basic things that can help them raise their baby in a loving and comfortable environment. Even though you might be tempted to find the best strollers and baby carriages out there, it’s best to leave the big baby needs to the parents and just focus on giving items that can help them ease into parenthood. Here are some of the most basic baby gifts that you can give to new parents.

Blankets, lots of it

Babies need blankets, and they need a lot of it. Babies love it when they stay warm, so giving them comfortable and breathable blankets can definitely cause relief to new parents. Blankets need to be always in pristine condition to avoid getting the baby sick. You should find a swaddle blanket that’s made from the best materials. Even though comfy blankets can be expensive, choosing a better brand of blankets will ensure that your gift will be used for a long time.

Organic bath and body care

Babies need to take a bath as well! It’s best to use only organic products made from the best ingredients out there. Try and look for hypoallergenic and skin-friendly products that wouldn’t harm the delicate nature of the baby’s skin. There are organic salves, bath soaps, and other chemical-free goods that is not only friendly to the baby’s skin, but is also friendly to the environment.

Mommy and daddy spa kit

Who says that you have to give the baby a gift? New parents would love it if you shower them with gifts also. Having a new baby in their lives can cause a lot of stress to new parents, leaving them always tired and sleepless. Give your friends a mommy and daddy spa kit that can give them the complete spa experience without leaving the comforts of their home. Pack the spa kit with bath salts, scented candles, body butter, and other spa products that can make them feel refreshed and energized even though they’re dealing with a baby for 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.

Stability ball

New parents would also need a lot of exercise, especially moms who are trying to lose the excess weight caused by the recent pregnancy. New moms suggest getting a stability ball that can be used to tone and sculpt the body. Nothing spells relaxation quite like bouncing off a huge ball. Did we mention that you can also use the stability ball to rock the babies to sleep? Not only is it for exercise, it’s also a healthy way to keep your kids dozing off in no time.

DIY baby care package

If you couldn’t find the perfect gift to give to new parents, we recommend creating a baby care package from scratch! Try and think of items that new parents would need like baby diapers, baby clothes, and other helpful accessories that can definitely make parenthood easier. You can also customize the baby care package according to the tastes and needs of the parents, so make sure to keep a dash of creativity when you’re coming up with the perfect package!


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Looking After The Family: Are Retirement Homes The Best Investment?

One day, when you’re in your mid to late forties, you’ll have a lot of things on your hands. On top of possibly having to cope with raising teenagers, you’ll also have to cope with taking care of your aging parents. Weigh that in your head a little bit. It’ll be hard to juggle the two of them together. This is why most people opt to place their elderly in retirement homes and communities, especially those with medication and treatments that are a little tricky to properly administer at home. Whether for themselves or their loved ones, more and more people are turning to this option for their retirement plans.

Finding a New Home

When you retire, it may get a little unnerving. You suddenly find yourself with all this time on your hands and nothing to do and nobody to spend it with. Retirement can sometimes be a lonely experience. This is why retirement homes make it so that individuals who are set to retire or who have already retired are getting not just the rest they deserve, but other everyday needs as well. Contrary to popular belief, retirement communities aren’t the grey-walled enclosures for old people as seen in movies and television. In fact, a lot of people prefer retirement communities because they find something in common with the other people who live there. There’s a constant sense of community and security among the people living in these communities.

Independent Living

There are a variety of retirement communities available. This is because everybody’s needs are different. Some may need more attention and may need to be placed under the watchful eye of a nurse, while others may need very little or no attention at all. There are many retirement communities with a lot of very independent residents. Different types of retirement communities range from apartment-type communities to homes, and even RV communities! An important thing to note is that most of these communities provide their residents with a variety of professional services. Many of these communities have very strict guidelines and age restrictions, thus it is important to take these into account first before making the big move. With any investment, it is always best to research first and weigh your needs before making a decision.

Keeping Busy

Despite being retired, a person will still need to keep himself or herself busy. As human beings, we are social; we need to socialize and see others to keep ourselves healthy. Retirement communities are equipped with the necessary staff to ensure that they can keep a senior’s social life fully functioning. Another reason why this is necessary is because these seniors are leaving careers behind. They will need something to keep themselves busy.

Environment is Everything

Choosing the right environment for your retirement is also extremely important when making the decision or planning a future move into a retirement community. One ideal place is Ohio. A lot of people are now choosing Ohio retirement communities because of their flexibility in residence options and their funding assistance programs, so they’re truly something to consider when you want to give your loved ones a great quality of life in their autumn years.


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10 Things You Didn't Know About Building Your Own Home

Building your own home takes a lot of effort and patience and it can be easy to get overwhelmed with the things that you have to do and the decisions that you have to make. However, if you are passionate about having your dream house, you can get through the challenges just to make your vision into reality. To help you out, here are some of the things that you may not know about building your own home.


  • It’s easy to get carried away – You will be building your home from scratch and it will be easy to get carried away with your budget. Of course, you want to have the best home, but you also have to make sure that you can afford finishing it. The key is to have a budget and stick to it.



  • You will deal with a lot of people – When building your home, you will be dealing with plenty of people – contractors, designers, architects, engineers, and workers. It is best to have an open communication to get the results that you need.



  • You will spend more than you intend – You already have your budget, but you can expect to spend a little bit more. When building a house, you will be faced with excessive charges, broken items, and emergency costs that you can’t avoid, so it is best to set aside some money for these instances.



  • Things will not always go according to plan – Building a home is a big feat and even if you are prepared, things will not always go according to plan. This can be because of people that you deal with, natural causes, or the weather. It is best to always have an alternative plan.



  • You may not always get what you want – There are some things that you want for your home, but they may not always be what you need. There are times when the people you work with will have suggestions that will be better for your house and for yourself. Keep an open mind and take suggestions into consideration.



  • You need to be hands-on – You are building your home and so you have to be hands-on with everything. This means making decisions, visiting the construction site, making sure everyone is doing what they need to do, and making sure everything goes according to plan.



  • Everything is important – It’s exciting to choose the style of the house, the decorations, and the furniture that you want. However, the elements that are not seen are just as important. For instance, water pipes and drainage are some things you need to think about. Do you need Tsurumi sump pumps? Are your pipes installed correctly?



  • Research is important – You can never do enough research when building your own house. Research reputable builders, materials, furniture, other things that you need for your home.



  • You will come across issuesIssues will always arise when building a home that can cause setbacks. For instance, you contractor may fail to visit the construction site, deliveries don’t come on time, or inspections may not be made meticulously. You need to be on top of things and have a back-up plan when these things happen.



  • You will deal with plenty of contracts – You will be flooded with plenty of contracts when building your home and the most important thing is to read everything before you agree. It may be wise to seek help from a lawyer.



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Monday, February 16, 2015

#Giveaway The Queen's Treasures 1930's American Style Stove

My daughter is one who enjoys her collections and playing with them. She has several collections that she enjoys adding to, and takes very good care of, and of those collections is her collection of 18 inch dolls and accessories. She likes finding unique pieces of clothing and furniture to add to her doll collection, so when we were given the chance to review a piece from The Queen's Treasures, she was very excited to check out and add the 1930's American Style Stove to her doll accessory collection.

With this fun, antique looking stove, Estrella can enjoy playing with some of her dolls that are part of the historical collection of her 18 inch dolls. She likes that the broiler inside the oven is removable, and that the utensil warming compartments open up so she can add pieces to it. We also found that as we looked around The Queen's Treasures site, we were able to find some fun baked goods, which will go great with her stove.

For me, I really like the look that this stove has, giving it a very collectible, antique look, and with the construction, it is a piece that will last, and remain in my daughters collection for years to come. I also like, that when we shop The Queen's Treasures line, we can find other furniture pieces, accessories, and even vintage style doll clothing for her 18 inch dolls, all in one place! All pieces that are very collectible, and also great to pair with her line of historical themed dolls, making the products you can find from The Queen's Treasures, a great line of products to both collect and give for any doll collector out there!!


Well, for my daughter, she received the stove from The Queen's Treasures line as a gift for her birthday this year, so to keep the celebration going, the wonderful people from The Queen's Treasures would like to give one of my amazing readers their own 1930's American Style Stove!!!!



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