Saturday, April 30, 2016

#Giveaway Stay Dry with Stylish Umbrellas from ShedRain

Being in the PNW, I find that rain is something that happens a lot more than it did when I lived in the Southwest. My family and I have come accustomed to the rains, and when it comes to being prepared for those rainy days, we like to ensure we have the gear we need on hand. So when we were sent a pack of umbrellas from the ShedRain collection, I was excited to share them with my family as well as review them for my readers!

Having umbrellas on hand is like having your wallet with you in the PNW. An umbrella is just something that you have handy, so if you start your day with sunny skies to find the afternoon filled with rain showers, you are prepared. I have learned to not only have umbrellas at home to be available when we need to use them, but also have at least one in the car and even in my purse or diaper bag as well. And with the various styles of umbrellas that I can find at ShedRain, I can not only find the sizes and styles I am after for the whole family, but I can also find them at affordable prices.

With the Auto Open Umbrellas I can find them in not only the compact design so I can easily store them in my car and or purse, but I can also find them with fashion friendly patterns. I also like that with the auto open and auto close features, operating the umbrellas is simple, and with the Vented Fashion, you get the vented double canopy that helps to not only keep the rain off but also wind! Then with the WindPro line, you get umbrellas that are designed to be used in the windiest of rain storms, that will help to keep the rain off and hold up even with whipping winds! Making the choice to shop the selection of umbrellas from the ShedRain collection, one that will help to keep you and your family dry even on those windy and rainy days! And to help with keeping you and your family dry in a fashionable way, the wonderful people from ShedRain would like to give one of my amazing readers a prize pack of umbrellas valued at $84!

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

Pet Foods, Grains and your Pets

This post is sponsored and written by me on behalf of Petcurean through a campaign managed by their PR. All opinions are my own. 

When it comes to our dogs, I find that they are just four legged fur babies and as a parent to a fur baby, I want the best for them just as I do for my own kids. I have found that having a senior dog can be a lot more trying than with a younger dog when it comes to health. But when it comes to the health of our pets, whether they are young or old, I want to ensure that I am doing what is right for them so they can be healthy and happy! So, when I think about where to start, just like with my own kids, their health starts at home with their diets. And with the Petcurean dog foods and treats, I like knowing that I am giving my Chloe the foods that have everything she needs and nothing added that she does not need.

See like many, I have noticed that when it comes to the pet foods we feed our dogs and even our cats, the grain free option is not only something we are seeing more and more in the pet food isles at the stores, but also something more vets are recommending as well. Before changing Chloe's food to the Petcurean Senior, we had tried various foods with her. We had been told by her vet that with her age, she is showing more signs of food sensitivities than she had when she was younger, and that those grains that she was eating could be what was contributing to her issues with digestion and even with her overall health.

It was explained to us that similar to the difference going Gluten Free for some might make in their diets, Chloe has shown that the change has made a huge difference in her overall health. I also learned that the idea of having gluten free pet foods is not just something we can get with the Petcurean dog foods and an idea that our vet has mentioned, but also one that I could learn more about by reading the article on the Petcurean site, The Great Grain Debate: Should pet foods avoid grains? by DR. JENNIFER ADOLPHE.

By reading the article, I found more of an understanding to what our vet had mentioned and also learned more about the debate behind going grain free for our pets! I also found that by not only reading the article, but also seeing the difference for ourselves in Chloe's diet, makes us not only believers in the grain free diet for dogs, but also ones who will tell others about the difference as well! Making our choice to go grain free with Petcurean for Chloe, one that we continue to stand by!


Dress Up Like the Pros with Aeromax Gear

When it comes to my kids and their imaginations, I find that we like to reach for the stars! I enjoy finding toys, tools, games, and fun dress up items that can help to feed those imaginations, allowing my kids to enjoy every bit of what their little minds come up with! So when we were sent a realistic NASA Blue Flight Jacket to review from the line of gear from Aeromax Toys, I was excited to share it with my kids!

I like that with this Flight Jacket, it can be worn both when my kids are playing and when we are out as a everyday jacket if my kids choose to do so! I like that it is fully lined and that it is made to be durable and kid tough! I also like that with the sewn own patches along with the pockets, my kids can get that realistic NASA look that helps to take their imaginations to all new levels!

Then when it comes to finding even more fun items such as helmets, full suits, as well as so much more to encourage those active imaginations in my kids, I like that I can head to the Aeromax Toys site and complete those looks with the Get Real Gear dress up products line! With this line of products along with the My 1st Career Gear, I can get the dress up items my kids want all in one place, giving my kids what they need to make those looks come to life for them! In all making Aeromax Toys the one stop spot to shop at when I am seeking out dress up gear, toys, costumes, and other fun career oriented play items.

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

Gifts for Mom from Thirty-One Gifts

With Mothers Day coming up, I find that it is time to seek out those perfect gifts to get mom. I have found that finding those personalized gifts can really come in handy, especially when it comes to gifts that can be used for travel. So when I was given the chance to review a Away We Go Roller from the Thirty-One Gifts catalog, I was excited to have it personalized and add it to my list of Mothers Day gift ideas!

I like that when I shop the Thirty-One Gifts catalog, I can find a variety of products that are perfect for organizing my home, using when I am out and about, and even for when I am traveling. I also like that when it comes to sharing my love for the products at Thirty-One Gifts, I can do so by hosting parties with friends and family, so they too can find those must have products that can be personalized and even given as the perfect gifts for any occasion.

When I was sent the Away We Go Roller to review, I was pleased to see that I could not only have it personalized, but that it is also the perfect size roller that can be used as a carry on item when I am traveling. It has pockets for storing my items in, can be carried using the handles, or rolled along with the retractable handle that comes out easily. I also like that with this roller, I can either purchase it from the catalog, or receive it as a hostess gift when I have a Thirty-One Gifts in home party with my friends and family!

I find that when I host a in home party, I can not only have a great time with the company that joins in, but we can also shop together from the comfort of my home. The parties I can host with Thirty-One Gifts are great for bridal showers, house warming parties, for Sunday brunch with friends, and even for a Mothers Day party where myself and my mom friends can enjoy an afternoon of fun and shopping all from my living room!  Which in all, makes the choice to not only shop the selection of products from Thirty-One Gifts a great one when it comes to finding gifts to give mom this Mothers Day, but also a great in home party company to go with when it comes to shopping, good company, and a good time!

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

Friday, April 29, 2016

Are Destination Weddings Fading? What’s Trending?

Bringing your family out to destination wedding locations might seem like something that is hard to do, since you might have to pay for all of them to get there. However, they can be much more private and provide a beautiful area for you and your family to get married in the process. This is something that you want to consider when the time comes, and it is also something that you want to think about when you want to wrap up your wedding and honeymoon all together. It is definitely something that has been done in the past, though not many people are choosing to do it anymore.

Consider the Many Destinations

A lot of people choose to do exotic places when it comes to getting married. With everything from the Bahamas to Hawaii and even further, the wedding couple and their guests are able to get the full experience from the area, but also share this beautiful event with one another. When it comes to traveling, then destination wedding locations are up to you and where you want to go when it comes to getting married and being able to get everyone out there for the occasion.

Destination weddings are not a big thing right now, but they could be your thing. If this is the case, find the best location that fits with you.

Anoush has you covered when it comes to all things weddings. Not only can they provide you with the top trending wedding fads currently, but they can provide local vendors that can help with everything from A to Z. Make sure to check out the banquet halls in Glendale, CA to find out what is available, and let them know your date so you can book in advance if you choose not to do a destination wedding, or if Glendale if your destination.

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Power Bills: Appliances that give us the Biggest Shock

The monthly electric bill has long been the most expensive utility bill for homeowners. In America the average monthly residential electric bill is $110.21, according to the latest release from the U.S. Department of Energy. That’s over $2,300 spent ever year on electricity for your house.

Household appliances were invented to make life more comfortable and easier, improving our quality of life. It’s hard to imagine living without air conditioning, refrigerators or water heaters. These modern-day luxuries are costly to run though. Along with these major appliances, try and count how many devices or appliances in your home that require daily power usage. It starts to add up pretty quick.

Now, if you’re one of those people whose eyes grow abnormally large every time you locate the total number at the bottom of your utility bill, then read closely.

To help shed light on this subject and provide some assistance, Electricity Match created an infographic that gives you an overview of applianceusage in the home and how much electricity those appliances actually use. It averages out the cost to run your major appliances each month. The infographic also gives tips and hacks you may not have thought of yet that will help you cut down on your monthly electric bill.


Wednesday, April 27, 2016

Mothers Day Must Haves from Boppy

When I think of what to get the new or expecting moms for Mothers Day, I tend to think of the products that they will find to come in handy when it comes to caring for baby. For me, I like to seek out items that I know have come in handy when it comes to baby, and that can also help to make caring for baby a little easier. So when I was sent a set of the Boppy Receiving Blankets along with a Boppy Luxe Feeding and Infant Support Pillow, I was excited to check them out and also share them with my readers as a great gift selection to give the new or expecting mom this Mothers Day!

For me personally, I have used the Boppy Feeding and Infant Support Pillows with each of my babies, and I also find the pillows to be a great go to gift for baby showers and such. With the Boppy Luxe, I like how it stays true to the Boppy Pillow form, giving you the support that can make both breastfeeding and even bottle feedings a more comfortable and enjoyable process for everyone. I also like that with a Boppy Pillow, including the Luxe, you get a pillow that offers more than just feeding support, because you get a pillow that grows with baby and can be used as a positioner as well when baby is ready to start practicing the art sitting up! And with the Boppy Luxe you get that Boppy Pillow with a very soft, luxurious feeling, minky slipcover that is removable so it can easily be washed!

Then with the Boppy Receiving Blankets you get a pack of 3, flannel, 40' x 40' receiving blankets that are designed to be all purpose blankets for parents to use for everyday use! I like that these blankets are soft, and are made of 100% brushed cotton flannel. I also like that they can be found in a variety of colors and designs giving you options for baby boys, girls, as well as a neutral set! Making both the Boppy Luxe along with the Boppy Receiving Blankets, a great set of products to add to any list when it comes to those Mothers Day must haves for new and expecting moms!

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

Shower the New Mom this Mothers Day with Philips Avent

When it comes to Mothers Day and seeking out gifts to give the mom in your life, I have found that when it comes to moms, there are moms in our lives who are at various stages in their own motherhood journeys. From those glowing moms who are expecting a bundle of joy, the new mom who is beginning her journey, to moms who have been there done that, and even grandmas who have raised their own babies and are now enjoying the experiences of being a grandparent. I find that the gifts can vary from mom to mom, and when it comes to finding gifts that mom will enjoy, I like to keep in mind the stage in motherhood that the mom I am shopping for is at. So when I was sent a pack of products from the Philips Avent Baby line, I was excited to not only review the products but also share them with my readers as a great set of products to shower the new or expecting mom with this Mothers Day!

For those new or expecting moms, I have found that the Philips Avent Electric Breast Pumps are a gift that she can really appreciate. I like that with the Philips Avent Comfort Double Electric Breast Pump, it not only gives mom the tools so she can pump milk for baby, but it also offers comfort as well. This pump has a unique design, which allows mom to pump comfortably and so the milk flows directly from the breast to the bottle, even when you sit straight up. I also like that when you start the pump up, it begins with a gentle suction which helps to stimulate the breasts so milk can flow more easily, then you can adjust the amount of suction with the 3 modes! And to help provide even more comfort, you find that the design of the soft massage cushion helps to warm the skin as well as gently mimic the feel you get when baby is suckling!
Then when it comes to feeding and breast care, I found the Philips Avent Breastfeeding Essential Care Pack and the Philips Avent Natural Care Baby Bottles to be essential must haves! With the care pack you get gel pads that help to offer sore breasts the relief they need. You also find 12 daytime breast pads to help keep you dry in between feedings, a bra clip that you can put on so you know which breast you last fed on and a carrying case to keep the breast care supplies in! Which in all, makes this selection of products from the Philips Avent Baby line, a great set of products to shower the new or expecting mom with this Mothers Day!

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

Soniclear Petite Deluxe

Finding those gifts for mom can be something that many of us find to be a difficult task. I mean, what do you get the woman who is always there for you and who asks for nothing in return? For me, I have a mother who is that woman, who I look up to as a mother myself, and who I am always trying to ensure she knows how much I appreciate her. So when I think of gifts that she might enjoy getting, I think of items that she might use regularly and she would appreciate having. Recently I was sent such a product when I was sent the Soniclear Petite Deluxe to review.

First of all, I like how small this skin cleansing system is. It does not take up a lot of room, and can be packed away easily when my mom goes out of town. And when she does pack it to take with her when she heads out of town, mom can store it in the hard shell travel case that comes with this!

When it comes to the cleansing, I like that it not only exfoliates the skin, but it uses an advanced cleansing system that has 3 speed modes and can cleanse with up to 300 movements per second. I also like that with the brush design, the bristles can not only help to cleanse the face but also get in those crevices and around areas like the sides of the nose!

Then with the antimicrobial aspect that you get, you find that the bristles along with base where the bristles are attached and the cap are all treated when they are being made with  proprietary LIFE® antimicrobial product protection. This treatment is an exclusive when it comes to the soniclear products, and it helps to keep bacteria from growing, even when there is moisture present, which also helps to keep your face clean and fight against acne that can be caused by bacteria! Making the Soniclear Petite Deluxe, a great gift to show the mom in your life your appreciation and give mom this Mothers Day!

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

Tuesday, April 26, 2016

#Giveaway Potty Training Success with Pampers Easy Ups

This post and giveaway were made possible by iConnect and Pampers. I was compensated for my participation in this campaign, but all opinions are 100% mine.

When it comes to our little ones, we find that as parents, we not only encourage our little ones when it comes to reaching milestones, but we also like to find ways that can help make the process one that is also fun. I have learned with going through the various milestones with our kids, is that every single one of them is different, but when it comes to those milestones, I like to turn to the same products that I have used with my other kids! So when I think of the products that I have used when it comes to reaching the milestone of potty training, I think of the Pampers Easy Ups!

Potty training is something that all of my kids have looked forward to when they were toddlers, and it is an accomplishment that takes time and patience. Like many, I have found that with the warmer months upon us, that it is the ideal time to begin the potty training. This helps so little ones are on the road to being potty trained come summer and by the time school starts in the fall, they can be completely potty trained and ready for the next step, preschool!

I have found that when we add the Pampers Easy Ups to our potty training routine, the kids can not only get those fun designs, but they get a potty training product that mimics those big kid underpants that the kids can not wait to wear! These designs on the Pampers Easy Ups include Thomas & Friends® designs for boys and Dora the Explorer® designs for girls. And when they get wet, the design fades, which helps to alert little ones so they can learn when they need to use the potty. They also help to not only keep little ones from having messes on their clothes during the day, but with the Pampers Easy Ups, they are also made to be worn at night so there is no going back and forth with diapers and the Easy Ups needed.

When it comes to the fit and sizes, I like that they are stretchy and come in sizes 2T/3T and 4T/5T. Which allows us to get the right fit for our toddler when it comes to the potty training with the Pampers Easy Ups!

Then for support and encouragement, I have learned that celebrating all of the moments when little ones are potty training help to not only make the process less stressful and fun, but also one that helps to encourage the process! Making the adding of Pampers Easy Ups to your potty training, a must have when you are wanting to achieve potty training success! And to help with the potty training in your home, the wonderful people from Pampers would like to give one of my amazing readers a prize pack that includes 1 pack of the Pampers Easy Ups, 1 pack of Pampers wipes, and a $25 AMEX gift card!

Also, be sure to join @Pampers on April 28 from 9-10pmEST as they host a Twitter Party with Dr. Laura Jana, pediatrician, award-winning parenting book author and potty training expert who co-authored to Its You and Me Against the Pee…and the Poop, Too! Dr. Jana will be sharing her tips to help simplify and improve the potty training experience for little ones and their parents.. You can RSVP by going to this link:


Give Mom Comfort this Year with a Honeywell Portable Air Conditioner

Mothers Day is coming up, and like many, I am on the hunt to find those perfect gifts to get mom this year. When I think of my mom or even being a mother myself, I think of the comfort that a mom gives their children. Like when they are cold a mom will keep her little ones warm, and when they are hot she will try to keep them cool. And when I thought about those perfect gifts to give mom, I thought of the gift of comfort. Recently I was sent such a gift when I was sent the HL12CESW Portable Air Conditioner from Honeywell.

When the Honeywell Portable Air Conditioner arrived I was pleased to see that the box came apart, which helped to make step one of the set up very simple. I was pleased with the style, I like that it is one that is sleek, making it so it will look good in any room we put it in! Once I had it out of the box, I was able to easily wheel it over to the window in my office. After I put it where I wanted to set it up, I was able to take the exhaust hose from the box, attach it to the back of the unit, then easily attach it to my large (side open) window in the room with the easy to install window venting kit.

I found the set up to be very simple, and I like that if I want to move the air conditioner to a different room, I can do it easily by just taking the piece from the window and wheeling it to another area then setting it up! I also like that I can control the room temp with the remote that is included. This allows me to set it to what temp I would like the room at, set the speed, put a timer on it and even set it to sleep mode at night, all from the remote!

Then when it comes to the comfort and features that the HL12CESW Portable Air Conditioner from Honeywell has to offer, I was very impressed. First off, shortly after setting up the air conditioner in the room and closing the door, I was shocked to see how quickly it had cooled down the room. I also like that once it reached the temperature I had it set at, it turns off until it needs to cool down the room some more, allowing the temperature to stay at a the temp of your choosing and also making it so you stay comfortable! I also found the 3-in-1 features to be amazing! I mean, unlike other portable air conditioners I have checked out before, this one cools and dehumidifies the room!

With the 3-in-1 features, you find an auto-evaporation system, a reliable dehumidifying function as well as a traditional three speed fan only function delivering optimum cooling, dehumidification and fresh ventilation! There is no tank to have to empty constantly, instead you have a hose that you put on the back to drain with when the light comes on to alert you that it needs to be emptied, and with the filter, you find that it helps to remove dust and other particles from being put into the air! Which in all makes the HL12CESW Portable Air Conditioner from Honeywell, a great product to have in any home when it comes to having comfortable air temperatures, and also a great gift to give mom this Mothers Day!

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

New Juicy Juice Teasers

When it comes to finding the kids drinks that they will enjoy, I find that they seem to want some of the same drinks I enjoy. For me, I am from the south, and when it comes to the drinks I enjoy I find that tea tends to be a staple in my home. So when we were introduced to the new Juicy Juice Teasers and sent some for review, I was excited to share them with my kids!

I like that with the Juicy Juice Teasers, my kids can get a tea beverage that does not have the caffeine that my tea has in it. I can choose from the 4 flavors and get either decaffeinated or caffeine free teas. I also like that with the Juicy Juice Teasers, they are perfect for my older kids, like my pre-teen, who just like myself, has grown up on the Juicy Juice products in the home.

Then when it comes to the sugar and sweetness I can appreciate that there are no high fructose corn syrups added, no cane sugar, as well as no artificial sweeteners! Making the Juicy Juice Teasers a great choice to go with when it comes to finding a delicious tea for the kids to enjoy!

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.

Sunday, April 24, 2016

Natural Skincare Solutions with derma e®

This post is sponsored by derma e® through a campaign with BrandBacker. All opinions are my own.

When it comes to our bodies, we try to ensure that we are eating right and also that we take care of it on both the inside and the out. The thing is, there are some things that we can not control as easily as we would like and when those things affect our appearances, we become more self aware of the situations. As a woman with eczema I have learned to love my skin, and as a mom of kids who have eczema too, I strive to teach my kids to do so as well, and I seek out products that can help both myself and my kids when it comes to keeping our skin be soft and itch free. So when we were sent a pack of products from derma e® to try and review, I was curious to see how they would work.

One of the things that stood out for me right away is the fact that with the derma e® products, we can treat our eczema naturally, without having to turn to a prescription to do so. For me that is a big deal, because with my own skin, I have a few issues that I have dealt with over the years and in order to keep the conditions under control, I have had to turn to prescription medications. I say that it is a big deal because I like that the products derma e® are not only safe and natural products that I can use for myself, but I can also let my daughter use them as well to treat her own eczema and even scalp issues she has!

We can both use the derma e Psorzema® Crème, because it is a safe and effective blend of herbal extracts that we can use to not only soften but also soothe those dry, itchy places on our skin that we get from our eczema! The ingredients are simple ones and do not contain any steroids, coal tar or pine tar that we find in many of our prescription and even over the counter treatments. And instead of ingredients such as the steroids that we find in many of our eczema treatments, we find ingredients such Neem, Burdock, Bearberry,  and Vitamins A and E, which all help to soften and soothe the skin!

Then when it comes to being able to find the derma e® products locally so we can be sure to always have it to use for our daily beauty routines, I like that I can get it at many local natural markets and even at some of the CVS in our area! Making derma e® a product that not only soothes and softens skin, but one that helps to make you and your loved ones feel better about the skin they are in! So if you or someone you know has skin conditions such as eczema and psoriasis, be sure to check out the derma e® Psorzema® Crème today, and see and feel the difference! Also right now for the first 10 who sign up, you can 3 foil packs of the Psorzema® Crème + 1 deluxe sample of Psorzema Shampoo and 1 deluxe sample of Psorzema Conditioner! You can get yours by going here: 


Friday, April 22, 2016

gb Pockit at Babies R Us

This post was sponsored by @GBChildUsa as part of a Blog Blast Activation for Influence Central.

When it comes to travel and kids, I have found that having the products that can help make the travel a bit less bulky, can make everyone's life a little easier. Recently I came across such a product when I was introduced to the gb Pockit Stroller, which can be found at Babies R Us. I was intrigued to learn more about the product and I found that by visiting the Babies R Us site, I was able to find the information I sought out, which is plenty enough to convince me that the gb Pockit is my new must have stroller to have when we are traveling and more! So if you are making those summer travel plans, or if you are looking for a more compact and simpler way to tote a stroller along without all of the hassles that you might get from a bulkier stroller, be sure to head to Babies R Us where you can find the gb Pockit.

Also, be sure to join @MomCentral and @GBChildUSA for a gb Pockit Twitter Party on Thursday April 28th from 1-2 pm EST. There will be prizes to be won and you can join in by using the hashtag #gbPockit.

Surprizamals Stuffed Animals

Like many kids out there, my kids are hooked on those fun surprise bags! They love collecting them and finding new ones to start collecting as well. So when we were sent the new Surprizamals to review, Estrella was very excited to check them out and see what surprises were in store for her! You can watch her opening of the Surprizamals and her thoughts on these in the video below!

With the Surprizamals, Estrella and her friends can collect and trade all 12 adorable stuffed animals from series 1! Then come this Fall, they can collect even more when the next 60 are released! Making the anticipation of opening, collecting and awaiting the new series, a surprise for everyone with the Surprizamals!

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

Thursday, April 21, 2016

#Giveaway Hurts Like a Mother Survival Kit Prize Pack (3 Winners!)

When it comes to being a mom, there is a lot that we go through on a daily basis. From the tantrums that kids have, the messes that we have to clean up, to those moments where the kids bring us a rock they found, give a kiss as they run past while playing, to find at the end of the day we sit back and laugh because all of it, the good and the bad, is what makes motherhood worth it. So when I was sent a fun survival kit that includes the book, Hurts Like a Mother, to review, I was excited to check it out!

In the survival kit, I found a prescription bottle with chocolate candies inside that were perfect to enjoy as I read through the fun book, Hurts Like a Mother! The book is a fun picture book that takes you from A-Z on the perils of motherhood in a hilarious fashion!

This book is not only a fun one to give this Mothers Day to any moms in your life, but one that can be enjoyed by new moms, veteran moms, and even moms who's kids might be grown. And in the book, you find situations that will make you lol, as you think back on some of your own adventures in motherhood! Making the book, Hurts Like a Mother, the perfect book to give this Mothers Day! And to help with giving that perfect fun gift this year, the wonderful people who sent me my survival pack would like to give 3 of my amazing readers their own Hurts Like a Mother Survival kits as well!!!

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

Learn to Play the Guitar with eMedia My Guitar Beginner Pack

When it comes to my kids, I like to find things that can help to encourage their artistic and musical abilities. I have found that when they find what they love, if I give them the tools to help them explore and learn more about what they are interested in, that they not only grow in knowledge, but they also find self gratitude when they try new things. So when I came across the products from eMedia, I was curious to learn more about what they have to offer and also review the My Guitar Beginner Pack. You can see Estrella's view on this kit in the video below.

We found that with the My Guitar Beginner Pack, my kids were able to pick up the guitar that is provided and start to learn with step by step instructions, which are provided in the software that is on the disk for the computer. I like how the courses are created to make the learning of music and playing the guitar fun and exciting as well as something that my kids can follow along with. I also like that after their lessons, they can practice what they learned over and over again until they feel that they are ready to go on to the next lesson.

When it comes to the lessons, I can appreciate that they were created to teach kids age 5 and up, and help so the kids can not only learn to read the music, but also play it with comprehensive lesson plan! They learn by following along with the videos so they can get correct hand placement, with fun and simple to follow along with music lessons. Then, once the kids have completed the 60 lessons from the software provided and are ready to learn more, I like that I can go to the eMedia site and go on to find the next level of lessons for the kids to learn from! Which in all, makes the eMedia My Guitar Beginner Pack a great choice to go with when you and or your kids are ready to learn to play the guitar!

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

Give the Tough Mother in your Life a Bouquet from Teleflora

Mothers Day will be here soon and like many I seek out the gifts that will show mom how much I appreciate her. For me, when I think of the tough mothers in my life, I think of my own mom. So when I was given the chance to create a post on not only the bouquets you can find from Teleflora but also share the stories of the tough mothers in my life, I was excited to share.

See when I think of my mom, I think of a woman who raised myself, my sister, and as she might see it, my dad as well. My mom is a strong woman, one who saw all and one who I, as a mother myself, turn to when I need that motherly advice. I see her as a tough mother because growing up, she had her rules that she stood by, and even with all of the rules, all of the behavior and rebellion she had to deal with, she always showed us her love whether it be with a hug and kiss, or with a look that said as much even when she was mad.

She not only showed myself and my sister her unconditional love, but she also showed my dad love as well, which taught me that love is something that continues to grow and that is something that can be given to more than one person in your life. I also learned that even after the teen years, which many will say can be the most challenging, that no matter what my sister and I did, mom was the one who was there for us and who taught us lessons along the way and who showed us forgiveness. And when I think of the tough mother in my life, my mom comes to mind because she is not just my mom but also a person I admire.

So when I seek out gifts that will show my mom how much I appreciate her, I like that I can head to the Teleflora site where I can find arrangements such as the Teleflora's Garden Pitcher Bouquet, which not only gives my mom a beautiful arrangement to enjoy but also a pitcher that she can continue to use. Which for me is a way to not only give her a great gift this Mothers Day, but also a way to give her a 2-in-1 gift to tell her, thank you, for everything she has done for me!

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

5 Major Benefits of Kids Martial Arts: Here’s why you Must get your Kid Enrolled!

These days it’s good to get your kids into something that keeps them fit, healthy and most importantly something that they enjoy. More recently mixed martial arts have been named the “world’s fastest growing sport ever” and martial arts is gaining the interest of all ages of males and females every day. I guess you’re thinking why not football or swimming? Why not gymnastics or ballet?! Well..  I’m going to tell you 5 major key benefits why you should choose martial arts over any other sport for your kids and have you convinced by the end of this article.

Keep them fit

Your kids will keep up their fitness no problem with all the punches and kicks they’ve got to practice, as martial arts is a high form of aerobics and definitely a fun way of keeping fit. The activities they will partake in will help tone and strengthen the muscles of your growing kids, and with a good nutritional diet your kid can increase in height.  Performing the techniques and moves you will need a great deal of balance to maintain the correct stance, therefore martial arts can develop your kids balance and give them a good posture.

Way of living

Martial arts becomes more than just a hobby or sport, you will get to grasps that it becomes a way of life and this is important for kids when they are growing and learning. At the very beginning of the class they will be taught to bow to their masters, this will teach them to be disciplined and respect their elders. They not only learn how to defend themselves but they learn about the culture of the art and the inner spirit. These skills can be implemented to how they treat other people, relationships with others and look at life with a more positive attitude resulting to a happier mood. 

Don’t mess with me

Every parent must have that fear of their children being bullied at school, and sure it eases your mind knowing your little boy or girl can defend themselves. However a lot of parents worry martial arts might teach them to become aggressive and violent, here is where you’re wrong. A lot of people underestimate and don’t understand that martial arts actually does have other values to it; like teaching them about respecting your opponent and to be humble about your actions, even if you are a great fighter. The life values you learn through martial arts are much more influential on kids as they are growing and learning every day.

The Climb of the belts

Who would of thought the colour of your belt can be so rewarding? Each colour they climb means they have completed a level up and kids love the incentive from the belts. The confidence it gives them is exhilarating and motivates them to get better for the next goal. It gives them a sense of achievement and keeps them enthusiastic to work harder and to improve themselves. There are so many classes to choose from and you can discover different techniques at Martial Tribes.

Improve education and growth

Yes that’s right, it has been proven that training in martial arts can improve their performance in both academics and extra curricular activities. When learning martial arts techniques, it requires a lot of concentration and focus which can then be applied to books and studying. There is a lot of interaction 
in Martial arts and this will help kids develop their social skills when practicing with other students. Martial arts will also teach your kid to be more self reliant and it’s also a good exercise for confidence building.

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Get Your Discount on Ortho® Animal B Gon® Animal Repellent

This shop has been compensated by Collective Bias, Inc. and its advertiser. All opinions are mine alone. #OrthoProtects #CollectiveBias.

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Wednesday, April 20, 2016

Free Colgate Enamel Health Product Samples in Exchange for Website Review For the First 100 Who Sign Up!!!

This post has been sponsored through a campaign with Colgate. All opinions are my own.

When it comes to the products we use every day, I like to share my experiences and show the brands I adore my support. This time around, it’s about more than my opinion – we want to hear from you! Colgate and I have teamed up to give you, my readers, an exclusive opportunity to try Colgate Enamel Health products FOR FREE in exchange for an honest, authentic review on their website.

The first 100 people to sign up will be selected, so act quickly! 50 people will receive Colgate Enamel HealthWhitening Toothpaste and 50 people will receive Colgate Enamel HealthMulti-Protection Toothpaste.

If you’re interested, simply sign up to review a Colgate Enamel Health product in the form below. After we reach 100 signups, Colgate will ship out product packages for you to try out! All that we ask is you test out the product, then go to the Colgate Enamel Health website (a link will be provided), and leave an honest review about the product you were given.

After we verify the review, Colgate will then send another full-sized sample of the product as a thank you for your participation! I’ll provide all of the details and logistics if you are selected, but if you’re interested simply fill out the form below.

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The Power of Placenta Banking with LifebankUSA

This is a sponsored post written by me on behalf of LifebankUSA.

Mothers Day is coming up, and when we think of gifts to get the moms in our lives, I have found that finding gifts for expecting moms is something that many might overlook. The thing is, being a mom myself, we feel those connections to our babies long before they are born, and we begin protecting and caring for our babies while they are growing in our bellies. So when I think of gifts that are ideal for getting the expecting mom this Mothers Day, I like to think of the gifts that will continue to keep on giving, and one such gift is the gift of life which is what you can get with cord blood banking and placenta banking that can be purchases through LifebankUSA!

Like many, I have heard of and I am familiar with the cord blood bank option that is available through LifebankUSA. I know that with the cord blood banking that I can get for my babies, I can store stem cells from my newborns umbilical cord, right after they are born. I also know that with these stem cells, we can use them for lifesaving medical treatments if they are ever needed, and with a stem cell transplant, we can use them if we ever need to, to treat around 80 diseases! But like many, I might have been aware of the cord blood banking, but lacking the knowledge when it comes to placenta banking.

See recently I have learned that when it comes to those gifts that keep on giving for years to come, along with the cord blood bank, I can also go to LifebankUSA and use the placenta banking. I can do so by not only saving the cord blood so that it can be used if ever needed for both my child and or any blood relatives who might be needing it, but I can also save my babies placenta after birth and bank that as well so I can maximize the uses of the stem cells available.

With the placenta, the blood that is in it is rich with those precious stem cells which can only be found in the umbilical cord and the placenta. And instead of throwing out the placenta after birth, we can have the blood from the placenta, collected and stored. The process is like the one with the cord blood collection, and all we have to do is have our doctor place the placenta in a canister then put in the LifebankUSA kit to be sent in and saved!

The saving of the placenta blood can not only increase the amount of precious stem cells we will have for our baby and family if ever needed, but with more stem cells we can have a greater chance of successful transplants and treatments. Making the amount of stem cells we have collected by adding placenta banking, more powerful when we have more than just the cord blood bank! Which in all, makes the choice to give the gift of placenta banking along with cord blood banking through LifebankUSA, a gift that is truly the gift of life and is one that will keep on giving for years to come!


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Tuesday, April 19, 2016

Win the Date Night Must Have with JLust by JLo

When it comes to date night, going out with the girls, or even times where I just want to feel a bit dolled up, I like to have the beauty supplies on hand so that I can make the best of it. For me, I do not want to be just another mom, or have that mom look when I am out enjoying time without the kids. And when it comes to what makes me feel like a woman, feel pretty, and where I feel like more than just a mom, I find that having the perfumes that give me that feminine feel that is one that puts off a sexy appeal, is a must have. So when I was sent the brand new fragrance from JLo called JLust to review, I was very excited to try it out and add it to my date night and going out list of must haves!

With JLust, I found a fragrance that is one that stands out, giving a sweet yet sexy fragrance that is fruity, floral, and woody and gives an alluring scent that is perfect for date night. On the top notes of this fragrance you find a juicy mandarin, apple blossom, and Mara Strawberry. The heart notes include the Jasmine Sambac, white peach, and vanilla orchard. Then when it comes to the base notes you have a feather musk, Tolu Balm, and Tonka Bean Absolute. Which together make the scent one that is one to lust over!

Then when it comes to the design behind the bottle and the packaging, I noticed the blush colored bottle which happens to be a favorite color of Jennifer Lopez, and the box that has the snake print which represents Jennifer's love for animals! Making the new fragrance, JLust by JLo a perfume that is one that is sure to turn heads and one that will make for a great gift to give the mom in your life this Mothers Day! And to help with finding that perfect gift to give the mom in your life, the wonderful people from Coty Fragrances would like to give one of my amazing readers their own bottle of JLust!

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

#Giveaway Kawaii Monthly Subscription Box

When it comes to those monthly subscription boxes I have found that they make for a great gift to give as well as get. In my house, we like getting those surprises as they are delivered each month, and with the various subscription boxes that are out there, I like that I can find one to suit everyone in my house! For my daughter when it comes to the things she likes, well she and her friends like pop culture, gaming, anime, and Kawaii. So when we were sent a Kawaii to review, Estrella was very excited to open it up and check out all of the fun Kawaii goodies that it had to offer! You can watch the video below to see what she thought about the Kawaii Subscription Box!

We found the Kawaii Box to be a great subscription box to go with, especially for those who adore Kawaii and pop culture goodies! I also like that when it comes to selecting a Kawaii Box Subscription service, there are several to choose from and I can even choose to gift the Kawaii Box Subscription as well! Making the Kawaii Box a great choice to go with when you are looking for the perfect subscription box to get the Kawaii fan in your life. And to help with getting your hands on the latest in Kawaii goodies, the wonderful people from Kawaii Box would like to offer one of my readers their own free subscription box!

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

Gift Mom a Vacation with Choice Hotels + Earn Free Nights and More with Choice Privileges

With Mothers Day coming up, I find that now is the perfect time to get mom those gifts she is sure to love. As a mom, when I think of gifts I enjoy, I think that the gift of a spa day or a vacation can always be a great way to go. I am also one who, even when it comes to gifts, likes to find ways to make those gifts last or get the most out of them, like with earning cash back and points for rewards programs. So when I was introduced to the Choice Privileges rewards program through the Choice Hotels group, I was curious to see how they worked and also how I could earn points while treating mom this year.

See, when thinking of those gifts to get mom, I find that giving mom a vacation package for her to enjoy is something that is sure to put a smile on her face. And with the fact that those summer plans are being made now, gifting mom a vacation using the Choice Hotels as the hotel chain to go with while she is on vacation, helps to give mom the gift she is sure to appreciate and enjoy, as well as points that can be used towards this years summer vacation plans!

In fact, when I think of the amazing offers I can take advantage of just for being a member of the Choice Privileges program, I like that now I can earn free nights and more with some of the new benefits that are offered!

The program enhancements are being implemented to bring greater and faster value to the over 25 million members of Choice Privileges. Some of the new benefits include:

Your Extras. Weekday travelers can earn a special reward — a little something 'extra' — right when they check in. For each qualifying stay that includes at least 1 weekday night (any night Sun. through Thurs.), the member can earn a special reward of their choice. U.S members have 5 options, varying from Fuel Rewards® savings at participating Shell locations to credit. International members have 2 options: 500 bonus points or 100 airline miles from participating airline carriers.

FlexRewards. Get to a free night faster— Members can redeem points for free nights at discounted point levels at participating hotels, varying by season. There will be up to 2,000 hotels reduced during either the weekdays or weekend at any time.

Digital Gift Cards. The first hotel company to offer immediate in-app gift card downloads, Choice Privileges members can receive instant gratification with new digital gift cards.

Keep Your Points. As long as members stay active by completing a qualifying activity at least once every 18 months, they get to keep their points.

10 Points per Dollar.  All 5,500 Choice Hotels now earn 10 points per dollar spent – including economy and extended stay hotels, such as MainStay Suites, Suburban, EconoLodge and Rodeway Inn.  And, during our award winning promotions, it is now easier than ever to qualify since members no longer need to stay two consecutive nights at economy brands.

Then when it comes to putting together that vacation package for mom and or setting up those epic summer vacations this year, I like that with the Choice Hotels, they make it easy to find hotels, make the reservations, as well as earn and use those rewards! They make it simple because you get several options when it comes to booking your stays, by calling guest services, making a reservation through their website, or by even downloading the Choice Hotels Mobile App on iTunes, Google Play, or Amazon! Making the choice to go with the Choice Hotels when you are wanting to make plans to get away or give a vacation gift to mom so she can get away this Mothers Day, a great one to go with and one that can keep on giving when you sign up for the Choice Privileges!

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

Machine Translation or Human Translation, Which Route is Best?

Looking at it, technology has become pretty advanced. We have wearable devices that can talk to us and we can communicate with people thousands of miles away. Conflict may arise when communicating with those who speak a different language. Though this scenario doesn’t happen too often in a normal life, if you have a business and are seeking clients overseas, then having the tools to talk with one another is a must.

Machine-based translation has come a long way since it’s humble beginnings, we now have the power to translate words and phrases into whatever language is needed. With as convenient and cost-effect as this service is, when is the right time to use a human translator?

An online transcription services company, wanted to find out when you should or shouldn’t use a human translator using typical scenarios most people do everyday.

Verbalink used two of their Spanish translators, one as a judge, the other as a competitor, to determine when it’s the right to use a human translator or machine translation. For the machine translation, they used the popular Google Translate.

Two tests were performed, the first was document translation. For this, Spanish text was put into Google Translate. This resembles how an average person would use Google Translate, take a block of text, and paste it into Google Translate.

The results found the human translation was the most accurate representation of the text. Google Translate provided a literal translation to the text. In some cases Spanish text literally translated into English can jumble up word order. So in this case, the text's headline in Spanish was "El Consejo Nacional Apícola" which translates to "National Beekeeping Council", but Google translated it as "National Council Bee".

The second test was single speaker audio translation. For this part of the exam, clean pre-recorded audio is spoken into the mobile Google Translate app, the app transcribes then translates it. The audio was in Spanish, and the speaker had a neutral accent.

The human translator was able to accurately translate the audio, and they stuck with the original meaning of the speaker. Google translate heard words which were mistaken for other words. When the speaker said "buenas," Google Translate heard "wenas." There were even some parts of the text which weren't correctly translated.

The problem that Google translate had, according to professional judge, was "Google Translate uses word-by word translation." It gets the gist, but it doesn't recognize the subtleties in the language.

Google Translate does have its place. For non-complex text translations, such as words, names, menu items and road signs, Google translate is a viable option. For important business documents, medical, commercial, financial and legal work as well as content seen in the public eye, it’s probably best to hire a professional translator.

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