Mommy Katie: August 2017

Friday, August 18, 2017

Top Considerations Before Purchasing A Log Cabin


There seems to be a popular idea that a log cabin is something people build when they want to live a more self-sufficient life out in the country. Certainly, a beautifully built log cabin is a sight to behold, but before you jump right into buying a cabin, here are a few things you ought to consider.

Why Should You Buy a Log Cabin?

These cabins evoke a feeling of country-style and class, or even just going back to the basics. But, here are a few advantages to owning one:

·         Aesthetics – Of course, looks alone are not the only reason to buy log cabins in the UK or in your local area, it is still an important element for many people. A well-crafted cabin is a piece of art that should complement your home and be enjoyed for years to come.

·         Energy efficiency – What are you going to use your cabin for? The nature of logs certainly offers energy efficiency, and the cabins tend to stay cooler in summer and warmer in winter, making it super-cosy as little garden getaways, hobby rooms, or offices.

·         Longevity – You’re going to want your cabin to last a long time. The longevity of logs, fortunately, speaks for itself.

·         Weather resistance – A properly sealed and looked after log cabin will be able to withstand horrible storms and other inclement weather. In fact, it’s not uncommon to hear of cabins still standing after earthquakes or harsh wind storms. If you live somewhere that gets the brunt of the weather, a log cabin is perfect for your garden.

A Few More Things to Consider

·         Maintenance – Just like any building, the cabins require regular maintenance to ensure that they remain structurally sound. Typically, you will need to reseal the exterior every three to five years. You will also need to insulate against the logs settling and they tend to shrink over time.

·         Susceptible to pestsTraditional log cabins are susceptible to insect damage if prevention is not taken.

·         Electrical considerations – Traditional framing is not typically used with log construction, so setting up electricity to the cabin may be tricky. You may want to hire an electrician to do this for you.

·         Insulation – Cabins tend to lack natural insulation, so be sure to discuss your concerns and the build of the cabin before buying it.

Log cabins are certainly a dream for many homeowners. Just like any construction, it is important to consider the pros and cons before you buy one and ensure it is the right fit for your garden and your lifestyle.


Thursday, August 17, 2017

#Giveaway Fuel up this Back to School Shopping Season with Charleys Philly Steaks


As we head out to the stores and the mall, we notice those back to school sales, the deals to be had and check off our lists as we shop. For me and my family this means not just shopping for those school supplies, but also heading to the mall to shop for all of those must have looks that include the clothing and shoes that my kids will be needing for the fall. Like many, I find that this time can be tiring, going from store to store as my kids try on this and that. So I find that as we head to the mall for a day of back to school shopping that I like to fuel up by going to Charleys Philly Steaks for both the good food and their signature lemonades!


See, when we choose to take a break from shopping to fuel up at Charleys Philly Steaks, my family and I can pick from a variety of sandwiches which include those signature Philly Steaks. This allows us to choose from the Philly Steaks, the chicken varieties which include the new Kickin' Honey Chicken Philly which is only available for a limited time, or any of the deli selections, salads and the kids meal!

We can even add on those mouth watering gourmet fries that the whole family looks forward to getting when we go to Charleys Philly Steaks. Giving us a variety of fries to go with that include the cheese fries or the ultimate fries which have the cheese sauce, bacon and ranch!

Then when it comes to quenching our thirst while we grab lunch at Charleys Philly Steaks, we look forward to adding any one of the signature lemonades that are made with real fruit to our meals! Making the choice to fuel up this back to school shopping season at Charleys Philly Steaks a choice that the whole family enjoys going with! And to help with fueling up your crew while you do some of that back to school shopping, the wonderful people from Charleys Philly Steaks would like to give one of my readers a $25 gift card!





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

Fun with Fidget Spinners: 50 Super Cool Tricks and Activities



When it comes to finding those books that the kids enjoy reading, just like with the books I enjoy, I like to seek out the books that offer the topics and tips on some of their favorite toys and hobbies. And like many kids, mind have found a fascination with not just the fidget spinners but also the tricks they can do and watch others do. So when we were sent the new book, Fun with Fidget Spinners: 50 Super Cool Tricks and Activities by David King, I was excited to share it with my kids.

With this book, the kids can get a guide to some of the most popular spinners that are out there, and check off their lists of the ones they have and the ones they want. They can then take that fascination to the next level by learning from the over 50 tips and tricks that they can do with those fidget spinners. This includes the tricks that beginners can learn from all the way up to the more advanced tricks that can be mastered. Then when it comes to other things that they can get from this book, they can learn how to care for their fidget spinners properly and even track the tricks using the workbook. Making the book, Fun with Fidget Spinners: 50 Super Cool Tricks and Activities by David King a great book to get your kids if they enjoy those fidget spinners and doing tricks with them!



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

Wednesday, August 16, 2017

#Giveaway Family Night with Night Night Books and Ovation Brands


When it comes to those evenings when we head out for dinner with the family, I like to head to the places that offer both the family friendly menu options as well as a family friendly environment. Luckily for us, we do not have to go far when we head to our local Old Country Buffet that offers both a large selection of food that the whole family can enjoy as well as a family night on Thursday nights! So when we were told about the newest line up of family nights that includes the selection of Night Night books at the Ovation Brands Restaurant and Furrs Buffets, we were excited to head to our local Old Country Buffet and join in on the fun!


See right now through August 31st, when we head to our local Old Country Buffet or any of the other restaurants participating in the family night fun on Thursdays from 5-8 pm, we can read along with the series of Night Night books! These books are part of the series authored by Amy Parker, and with each book, the kids can enjoy a great story as we sit down for dinner together! I also like that aside from the family fun time we have on Thursday nights, that when we bring our kids, their meal is just $1.99, which makes the choice even easier since the price is set to fit in those family budgets! Making the choice to head out every Thursday night with the family to your local Ovation Brands or Furrs Buffet, a choice that everyone can agree on and enjoy! And to help with that next family night out, the wonderful people from Ovation Brands would like to give one of my amazing readers their own prize pack that includes a complete set of the Night Night books along with 4 dining passes to use at their local Ovation Brands restaurant!





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

Back to School with Oriental Trading


With the summer coming to an end and those back to school schedules being made, like many I find that I like to ensure that the kids have all that they will be needing for the new school year ahead. I know that aside from those supply lists that we get from the new teachers that we also need the supplies for the home as well, and if you home school, there is even a bigger need for stocking up on the supplies needed for the year ahead. I also know that when I go to get the kids school supplies that I want to find the products we need at family friendly prices. So like many, I like to head to Oriental Trading where I can find those supplies we need, at family friendly prices, and stock up for the school year ahead!


See when we do that back to school shopping at Oriental Trading, we can find both the basic supplies for getting that homework done with for the home, as well as the teaching supplies that I know many home schoolers and teachers seek out. I can also get those supplies and get amazing discounts right now from the back to school deals to the storage solutions and more that can be found at Oriental Trading.

Then when it comes to the various teaching supplies that both teachers and home schoolers can use for students this year, I like that they have the supplies for various subjects for school grades preschool up to 6th grade. Giving both parents, teachers and the parents who are also teachers options for the teaching and learning adventures that lay ahead of us! Making the choice to do that back to school shopping at Oriental Trading, one that is not just a great one for stocking up on those basic school supplies, but also a great choice when it comes to the supplies needed for stocking up the classroom as well.




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

Endless Summer Fun with the PLAYMOBIL Cruise ship


It is hard to believe that our summer will be coming to an end soon and that for many, the new school year has already started up. But it is true, and like many kids, mine are taking in every bit of their final days of summer that they can by heading out for those days at the beach, taking advantage of the adventures they can go on with their friends, and finding ways to keep the fun going. So when we were sent the PLAYMOBIL Cruise Ship to review, I was excited to share it with my kids so they can enjoy endless summer fun taking a cruise over and over again!


With the PLAYMOBIL Cruise Ship, my kids can put it together then take sail on the high seas, extending that fun that had over the summer into their imaginative play. The ship includes all pieces the kids need to set up the guest quarters while the characters are on board, that also includes a sitting room and bathroom. They can then take the stairs to the upper deck to enjoy sun bathing on the lounge chairs and watching the seas ahead.



Then when it comes to the playtime on the ship, they can have their characters slide down from the sun deck to the pool, enjoy a lunch in the lounge, and captain the ship with the captain and his bird! Along with the characters and room pieces there is also a life boat that attaches to the back, life vests and so much more! Making the PLAYMOBIL Cruise Ship a great choice to go with when you are seeking out ways to keep the summer fun going even after the summer is over and provide your kids with endless summer fun!





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

Monthly Play Subscription Box Delivered with Pley.com


When it comes to play time, in my house, that can be anytime of the day or even night if you ask my preschooler. With that said, I find that when I seek out the toys and activities for my kids to engage with, I like to seek out their favorite characters and the products that they enjoy playing with. The thing is, like many, when it comes to seeking out those items, I might not have the time to run around to find those items that are great for adding to my kids collection of toys. So when we were introduced to the play time box that comes with a monthly subscription service from Pley.com, we were all very curious to see what would arrive and I was curious to see what the kids thought of what was inside.


When our box arrived, we saw that it arrived in Disney Princess style, which is right up mine and my daughter's alley! This particular box is part of the Disney Princess subscription service that they offer, and with our box we were excited to see that it was all about Tangled! The selection included a fun Tangled wand, a set of the Tangled collectible figures like the ones my kids enjoy collecting and playing with, a Tangled art binder with activities and colors inside, a Tangled activity book, and even a cardboard castle that the kids can put together and color to put their Tangled figures in as they play!

Then when it comes to what we all thought of this subscription box after checking all of the goodies out, I have to say from a parent's perspective, I like the assortment. It offers a variety of activities and toys that can help to keep those imaginations going and keep play time fun for the kids. From a kid's perspective, well first off, toys with their favorite characters and activities delivered each month is a huge plus. Second, even after they color the castle and go through the various activities, they can continue to play with the toys and even the castle. Which in my opinion, makes the choice to get the monthly play subscription boxes from Pley.com a great choice to go with when seeking out a ways to mix up the fun each month!



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

Tuesday, August 15, 2017

#Giveaway Fall Preparation Prize Pack

With the fall season coming up and the back to school season upon us, I find that along with ensuring that we are prepared for school that it is also time to prepare for the fall season ahead. For me this means ensuring we have the products that the kids might need for those school lunches, the fall gatherings, and also the storage solutions I might need for packing away our summer wardrobes. And having the selection of products from Stor-All Solutions, Twisted Wares, and dbest Products like the ones we were sent for review, make for a great choice to go with as we enter into the months ahead!

With the dbest Smart Cart, I can take it with me when I head to the store to carry the groceries in or take it along with as we head to those fall football parties and tailgating. The cart is very light weight and can hold up to 110 lbs in it, then when I not using it, it easily folds up for storage. Along with the dbest Smart Cart, I found the selection of products from the Stor-All collection that we were sent to also be very handy. I can use the Press N' Click Lunch Box that comes with the reusable fork and spoon for those school lunches that my kids take. Allowing me to have a simple to use food storage container that clicks close and opens up easily when I pack lunches.
To go along with the Press N' Click, I can also pack the On The Go Grip N' Go Colors Water Bottle in the lunches as well, making the back to school season a little easier when it comes to packing lunches. And when it comes to the home and packing away those summer wardrobes, I found the Stor-All Heavy Duty Storage Bags to be a great solution. The bags offer me a lot of space that I can pack things away in without worrying about mildew or dirt getting in. Once packed, I can then place the bags in my closet, under my bed, or even in the garage until we need to use them again.




Then when it comes to the kitchen and the fall entertaining for those gatherings we enjoy hosting, I found the towels and napkins from the Twisted Wares line to be a fun selection to add to any kitchen and or party. Both the kitchen towels and napkins have fun and quirky sayings on them, and with the selection I can use the towels when whipping up those dishes then start the conversation with the napkins! Which all together, makes the choice to add the products from these selections we were sent a choice that is sure to help bring your fall together! And to help with the shopping, school lunches, storage solutions and entertaining I will be giving one of my amazing readers their own prize pack with some of the products mentioned!





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

Disney's Descendants 2 on DVD


As we plan out our family movie nights, my kids find that they like to add some of their favorites to the line up. For my daughter, this means seeking out both those shows and movies she likes, and choosing the ones that she wants to share with the rest of the family. So when we were sent Disney's Descendants 2 on DVD to review, my daughter was excited to check it out and add it to our family movie night collection!



In this sequel to the Disney Channel Original Movie, "Descendants" you find the story continues with the daughters and sons of the Disney villains as they try to find where they fit in. Mal finds that she is just not royal material and goes back to her home of Isle of the Lost, where she is not just trying to find her roots but also faces her enemy Uma. Uma is the daughter of the sea witch Ursula, and has taken the throne as the self proclaimed queen of the very run down town. Aside from being her own queen, she has a gang of pirates and finds that she is bitter after not being selected to attend Auradon Prep with the other villain kids. With her pirates which include the kids of Captain Hook and Gaston, they decide that it is time to free all of the villains who have been imprisoned and break the barrier between the school and their Isle of the Lost!

We found this movie to be a great sequel to Descendants, and also a must watch for any Disney's Descendants fans out there. Disney's Descendants 2 is available now to bring home and share with your family on DVD!





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

PJ MASKS: TIME TO BE A HERO on DVD


Finding those shows and movies to add to family movie night is something that my kids and I enjoy doing. We like to seek out the shows that they enjoy, and add them to the line up. Like many little ones, my preschooler loves those young super heroes in pajamas from the PJ Masks series. So when we were sent the new DVD, PJ Masks: Time to be a Hero, I was excited to share it with my preschooler so he could add it to our next family movie night.

With this DVD we get 6 fun episodes that feature those heroes who by day are your average 6 year old kids who play and go to school and by night are super heroes going on adventures together in their pajamas! Along with the fun filled episodes we also get the "Feeling Great" music video, activity sheets and in specially marked packaging, some PJ Mask stickers! Making the new DVD, PJ Masks: Time to be a Hero a great choice to go with for any PJ Masks fans out there and a great addition to add to your next family movie night!


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

Treasure Hounds on DVD


When it comes to finding those movies that my kids enjoy watching and sharing on family movie night, I find that we enjoy seeking out a variety of titles to share. Like many kids, mine enjoy the movies that include adventures, cute animals, and even more so the animals that can talk. So when we were sent the new DVD, Treasure Hounds to review, we were excited to add it to our family movie night line up!



In this movie you get an adventure that starts when a young boy has to move from his home with his family and move into his late grandfathers house. Aside from getting the house, he also inherits his grandfathers dog, a dog like no other. I say this because unlike other dogs, this one can talk and is ready to take on the adventure ahead as the boy finds out that his grandpa left a treasure for him as well! The boy, his new dog and some kids from the neighborhood team up to find this treasure and take on the adventure ahead. Making Treasure Hounds a great movie to add for the kids who love adventure and a great movie to add to your next family movie night!




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

#Giveaway My Little Pony Equestria Girls – Magical Movie Night (2 Winners!)


Family movie night is a night we look forward to in our house. The kids enjoy seeking out those movies and shows that they like or want to see that we can share and watch together. And like many who have enjoyed the My Little Pony Equestria Girls series, my daughter likes adding the new titles to family movie night. So when we were sent the new DVD, My Little Pony Equestria Girls: Magical Movie Night to review, we were excited to add it to the mix.



In this DVD you get a triple feature which has those pony characters that we all know and love who have stepped through a magical mirror to be transformed into teenagers at Canterlot High. Even though they are part time magical pony girls who are also students, the girls find that they can always come together to save the day through the magic of their friendship! The features include the following:

Dance Magic
With the Camp Everfree fundraising deadline looming, the Equestria Girls realize they need a new plan to raise more money and are ready to try new things. Rarity finds out about a music video competition,with a huge cash prize, and she’s eager to convince her friends at Canterlot High to enter the contest. However, the girls soon learn that Crystal Prep Academy is also interested in participating in the contest. The students at CPA have many more resources and are better dancers! The girls learn that sometimes coming together instead of competing is the best plan of all!

Movie Magic
The Equestria Girls have been specially invited by A.K. Yearling to go on the set of the upcoming Daring Do movie and they are overjoyed. For super-fan Rainbow Dash, watching behind the scenes as her favorite heroine comes to life is a dream come true. However, when a rare and important prop from the set goes missing, putting the movie on hold, Rainbow Dash’s dream becomes a nightmare. The Equestria Girls take it upon themselves to track down the missing prop and end up trotting into a real-life Daring Do adventure!

Mirror Magic
As the pages in her journal run out, there’s only one thing for Sunset Shimmer to do: return to Equestria as a pony to get a new journal! There, she meets new pony Starlight Glimmer and agrees to bring her back through the mirror portal to experience life as a human girl at Canterlot High. However, while Sunset Shimmer is away, a revenge‐seeking Juniper Montage finds a beautiful hand mirror enchanted with Equestrian magic. Not only can it provide a window into another land, but if you push the right button, It can also make things disappear into limbo, trapped between the two realms! Sunset Shimmer and Starlight Glimmer return to find the Mane 6 missing and Juniper Montage acting extremely suspicious. Will Sunset Shimmer and Starlight Glimmer save the girls, or are the Mane 6 lost in limbo for good?

Bonus Feature:
Sing-Alongs

We found this DVD to be a great addition to my daughters My Little Pony collection and also a great choice to add to any family movie night. You can learn more about this movie and other My Little Pony titles by heading to Shout Kids and get your free downloadable coloring sheets by going here. And to help with bringing some of that magic home, the wonderful people from Shout Kids would like to give two of my amazing readers their own copy of My Little Pony Equestria Girls: Magical Movie Night on DVD!





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

Monday, August 14, 2017

Get Up and Go with Your Family with Go Organically Fruit Snacks


As we prepare to say goodbye to our summer and hello to the new school year ahead, I find that as a parent that I like to seek out those end of summer adventures to be had. And as we head out for those adventures with the kids, I like to ensure that we have the snacks on hand to help fuel us through our fun. So when we were sent a pack filled with the products that we enjoy from Go Organically Fruit Snacks, I was excited to add them to our summer adventures before the new school year starts up.


Like many, when it comes to those end of summer adventures, we tend to head outside and to places nearby. And when it comes to the places near us that we enjoy heading to when we get up and go, the kids and I enjoy heading to the beach as we look for shells! We find this activity to be one that the entire family can enjoy, and one that the kids especially like as they pick up and look at the unique shells we might come across. Also, when we head out for a day at the beach, we like to bring the Go Organically Fruit Snacks along with us and enjoy. This is because aside from the taste that the kids love, they are also a choice that I can feel good about giving my kids.

-  Made with real fruit
-  USDA Certified Organic
-  100% DV Vitamin C
-  GMO Free
-  Excellent source of Vitamins A & E
-  Made with natural flavors and colors from natural sources
-  Gluten-Free
-  Contains no preservatives
- Delicious taste and texture

Making the choice to add Go Organically Fruit Snacks to the end of our summer outings, one that we can all appreciate!



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

Sunday, August 13, 2017

Send them Back to School in Style with JCPenney Optical

Thank you JCPenney Optical for sponsoring this post. Visit your local JCPenney Optical to find your perfect frames!

Over the years as my daughter has grown into a teenager, I have learned that when it comes to the back to school shopping, that things can change. From the sizes that change to the styles that seem to constantly change, I have found that when I do my back to school shopping, taking my teen along with me is the only way to go. Well like many kids who wear corrective lenses, we find that when we do our back to school shopping we do not just shop for the supplies, clothing and shoes, but also the frames that she will be wearing this year too. So naturally, when we do our back to school shopping when it comes to style both with the clothing and eyewear, I head to my local JCPenneys and JCPenney Optical.


See when we head to our local JCPenney Optical, we can not only find those looks when it comes to the glasses my daughter wants for the new school year, but we can then coordinate the frames she wants with the outfits we can find while shopping the clothing at JCPenney as well.


At JCPenney Optical, we can find the latest looks when it comes to the eyewear my daughter needs, and while there I can even find a pair or two for myself as well. Allowing us to choose from those top must have brands such as the Cover Girl line and Taylor Eyes. We can even get a head start on which glasses we will go with by heading to the JCPenney Optical site where we can browse the frames and try them on virtually, so that just like when we head to JCPenney to try on outfits with the lists of what is needed in hand, we can also add the frames to the list of what we want to go with as well!


Then when we do our back to school shopping at JCPenney, we can get the eyeglasses, clothes, shoes and even the backpacks my daughter needs at amazing prices that fit those back to school family budgets! We do this by shopping the sales where we can get those must haves at great prices, which includes the sales we can get at our JCPenney Optical where right now you can get $39.99 Back to School Glasses for Kids. This sale includes large selection of frames, impact-resistant lenses, and eyewear protection plan. Making JCPenney a must have stop when it comes to the fashions for back to school and JCPenney Optical a must have when it comes to the fashions in eyewear!


So as you prepare your kids for the new school year ahead, be sure to head to JCPenney Optical where you can find the latest eyewear trends for the entire family! Also be sure to enter the JCPenney Optical Back to School Photo Contest for a chance to win eye-catching prizes just in time for a new school year here: clvr.li/JCPObts1


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

Back to School Fun with Whiffer Sniffers

As we prepare for the news school year ahead, I find that as a mom, I want to make the anticipation a fun one and not one that the kids stress out about. I like to do this by letting the kids pick out the items they will need for school that incorporate their own personal style in them. I also do this by having a fun back to school get together with the kids friends so they can celebrate the new school year ahead with their friends. So when we were given the chance to have a back to school party with our kids friends and the Whiffer Sniffers, we were excited to get the party started!


The Whiffer Sniffers are a collection that Estrella and her friends have been collecting over the past year since our first review on them which you can read and watch about here and also read about from our holiday review here.  They make for the perfect yummy smelling back to school backpack accessory, and with the various collections, the kids can collect and trade them as they add them to their backpacks and lockers this year!


Which is what made our party such a success since the kids were ready to read up on the various collections, check out their own mystery packs and even trade the ones they got so they could add new characters to their own collections! So as you prepare your kids for the back to school season, add some fun to the mix when you pick up some Whiffer Sniffers today!


Product received, thank you to Bearington Collection and Tryazon for supplying me with a product for this review, all opinions are my own.

Friday, August 11, 2017

#Giveaway Back to School with Lugz


When it comes to the back to school shopping and my teen, I find that it can be a chore all in its own. I mean, with my teen, she tends to have a set style in mind, and with that style there can be very specific looks that she is seeking to coordinate with. Like many parents who have teens who find themselves in similar situations, I know that I can end up spending hours looking for one pair of pants or that perfect pair of shoes. So when we were given the chance to check out some of the new styles from Lugz, I was excited to see what my picky teen thought of the line up and even more excited when she right away found a pair that she saw as a must have for the new school year.


One of the reasons I was so excited that my picky teen was able to find a pair right away from the Lugz line up was because aside from the obvious wow factor when it comes to the fashion they offer, I also like that she will be getting a pair of shoes that offer comfort as well. Which in hand allows her to go about her day with both the shoes she adores and without the issue of the shoes causing any discomfort. This is because with the Empire Hi CR boots in Opal/White from Lugz they are made to be slip resistant and feature the patented Flexastride memory foam insole technology, giving my daughter shoes that allow her to take on the school year ahead!

Then when it comes to other features and reasons why these boots make for the perfect selection when shopping for shoes that offer both style and comfort this new school year, we like that the tops have a padded tongue and collar, giving comfort to not just her feet but also her ankles. The shoes also have a water resistant crinkle permahide upper, which is a great plus for us living in the PNW during the rainy season. Making the Empire Hi CR boots in Opal/White from Lugz a great choice to go with as you prepare your kids for the new school year ahead! And to help with preparing your kids for the new school year, the wonderful people from Lugz would like to give one of my amazing readers their own pair of Lugz shoes!




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

Thursday, August 10, 2017

Clean Protect and Polish Your Granite Counter Tops with Rock Doctor

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

When it comes to my counters both in my kitchen and bathrooms, I find that I want them to shine and look their very best. The thing is, when it comes to cleaning and polishing my granite counters and even cleaning the grout so that it keeps that fresh look to it, not all cleaners can do the job. I mean, sure I can use a all purpose cleaner, but after wiping down counters I find that the counter tops can look a bit dull, streaked and the grout can look a bit grungy as well over time. So when I seek out the cleaners that can help me get and keep that fresh shine and streak free look I am after, I add products from the Rock Doctor line up that are designed to clean, polish and protect, as well as seal and renew!


See with the products from Rock Doctor, I can get the granite cleaner that my counter tops need, that bring out that shine and that can help to refresh the grout as well, keeping my counters looking both clean and new. And I can keep that shine and new look for years to come when I use the Rock Doctor cleaning system on my granite counter tops both in the kitchen and the bathrooms.



With the system, there are 3 main products to use, that are created to make the cleaning process simple and one that gets the results I seek. This includes the first step by using the Granite Cleaner Cleans and Renews for daily cleaning when I go to wipe down my counter tops. The Cleans and Renews is simple to use, by just spraying on the counters, and wiping down each time I go to clean them. Along with the daily cleaning I can follow the Rock Doctor formula of getting and keeping that rock shine that I love when it comes to my granite counters by using the Polish and Protect once a week.

Then when it comes to the stubborn grout that I tend to have a hard time with when it comes to cleaning and getting that like new look back, I can use Seals and Protects once a year to renew that like new look in the grout! Making the choice to add the Rock Doctor cleaning system, a choice that allows me to once again enjoy that new look that I adore when it comes to my granite counter tops for years to come!

So if you are seeking out a way to refresh those beautiful granite counter tops or a way to keep them looking new, be sure to add the Rock Doctor line up to your cleaning routine today! You can find the line up of Rock Doctor products at local retailers which can be found here and include Lowe's, Home Depot, and True Value.




#Giveaway Play Time Fun with SackPals


When it comes to finding those toys for little ones such as my preschooler to enjoy, I find that I like to seek out the toys that he can play with that help to engage his imagination. Like many kids, mine enjoys both his building toys and trucks along with his stuffed animals. So when we were introduced to the SackPals, I was excited to share them with my preschooler and see what he thought of them.


With the SackPals, we get a interactive sack that my little one can get into as his imagination takes off with the pals that are included and can stick right to his blanket! The pals are a sort of SackBling, and as he engages in pretend play, he can do so wrapped up in the sleep sack type blanket and let his imagination come to life on his blanket. The pals include 4 friends which are a dog, elephant, kitty, and a turtle, and along with the pals there are also the sun, star, ladybug and butterfly which can be used during playtime as well. Allowing my little one to set the scene and create his own stories over and over again.


Then when he is done playing, he can store all of the pals and accessories inside the sack and wrap it up to be put away until the next time he wants to play with them! Making the SackPals a great choice to go with when seeking a toy that is great for both at home and on the go, that encourages imaginative play. And to help with bring some of that imaginative play home for your little ones the wonderful people from SackPals would like to give one of my readers their own SackPals Starter Set!







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

Back to School with Logitech


With the back to school season in full session, as parents we know that now is the time to ensure that we send the kids back to school with all that they will be needing for the year ahead. This includes the wardrobes to power them through the seasons ahead along with the supplies that they will need for the classes they will be taking. Like many, I find that when it comes to those school supplies, aside from the many basics that the kids will be needing, that there is also a list of tech supplies that will be needed as well for both using in school and at home when doing homework. So when we were sent some of the new mice from Logitech's 2017 Doodle Collection, I was excited to add them to our back to school line up!



With the new designs, my kids can not just get the mice they need to help get the job done as they go to complete their homework assignments but they can do it in fun style. Each of the designs from the new collection offer a doodle design along with stickers that can be used to personalize other pieces like papers, their notebooks and more. Giving the kids a fun piece of technology that they can use daily that tells a story with each of the doodles that are on the mice! Then when it comes to the life of the mice themselves, I like that the mice can last up to 18 months on one battery and features a micro-precise scroll wheel, so you can smoothly and easily navigate through Web pages or documents. Making the choice to add Logitech to your back to school line up one that both you and your kids can appreciate!



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

Bad Habits That Damage Your Teeth


Dental hygiene is something that should be taught from an early age so that we all have a healthy smile and dental problems are avoided. You can get some excellent information on dental health on various health websites and blogs, but some things are bad for our teeth, and we should avoid them if we want to have a happy and healthy smile. So here are some of the most dangerous bad habits that can leave permanent damage to your teeth so are best avoided.

Bad Brushing Habits

Whether you speak to a dentist in Noosa on the Sunshine Coast or one in Perth on the West Coast, they will all tell you that over brushing and brushing too hard will damage your teeth. Although it is important to make sure that you brush your teeth regularly, it is also important that you do not brush them too often or too hard. Electric tooth brushes can be an excellent tool for cleaning your teeth, but overuse and pushing down too hard on it can wear the enamel down on your teeth causing permanent damage. An ordinary toothbrush can also cause similar damage if used too often and too hard.

Grinding And Clenching Your Teeth

Another bad habit which can have a harmful effect on the health of your teeth is grinding them or clenching them which is something that can be done while sleeping as well as being awake. You can have a custom made teeth and prosthetic gum device which fits perfectly onto your teeth and gums and will help prevent any damage caused by grinding your teeth while you sleep. If this is a problem that you have, you need to speak to a dentist about it before you do irreparable damage to your teeth which may mean you will have to consider a crown or dental implant.

Biting Your Nails

Another bad habit is biting your nails, which can introduce lots of potentially harmful bacteria into your system that was hidden under your finger nails. As well as potentially making you sick from a variety of different bacteria’s, biting your nails can also lead to jaw and tooth damage which could be not only painful but also expensive to fix. Your nails will also look much nicer if you cut them correctly, as well as helping to keep your smile beautiful and healthy!

Dangers Of Smoking

There are many health risks when it comes to smoking that can affect a variety of aspects of a person’s health, even their teeth and gums. Not only do you run the risk of a multitude of different cancers and other illnesses, but tobacco also stains your teeth and your fingers yellow and smells bad as well as looks unappealing. A quick search of the internet will show you all of the different oral related illnesses that are related to smoking, which should be enough to steer you away from this bad habit which is becoming increasingly less socially acceptable.



So if you want to have a shiny white smile full of healthy teeth and gums, take good care of your teeth and avoid these potentially nasty habits which could end up leaving you with a crooked smile.   

Fragrances And Sunglasses As Gifts

We all know that we get to enjoy cheaper rates when we buy in bulk or large quantity. This is especially good for businesses because they need to buy in bulk. When we buy in large quantity, we will be encourage to buy wholesale. Whenever we buy wholesale, the price will be much cheaper than if we were to buy in single unit. And the more you buy, the lesser you pay. For regular customers, some wholesaler even gives discounted wholesale rate.


What about those of us not into businesses? Can we benefit from buying wholesale? Let us take a look at this particular online wholesale website called Apparel Candy as an example. Let us say we want to buy a perfume or a cologne. If I were to buy a single unit, it will cost me $6. But if I were to buy 2 units, I only have to pay $5. If I buy 2 units, I get to save $1. So if I were to buy 2 units and then get a friend to take up the other unit, each of us need only pay $5.50 per bottle.


Another way we can benefit from buying wholesale is to wait for the festive season to shop in bulk and use the extras as gifts. Perfumes and colognes make great gifts both for men and women. Buying discount wholesale fragrances as gifts sounds great and money saving too.


Come to think of it, those who are involved in planning events for Mother’s and Father’s Days events can take advantage to buy wholesale to save on their budget. Perfumes, colognes, and lotions make very good gifts for mothers and fathers. If you think fragrances are too common or more for the mothers or women folks, then if your budget permits, you can consider buying wholesale polarized sunglasses for the fathers or men. You can even choose some nice vintage or classic sunglasses. Whether it is fragrances or sunglasses, you can pick from the endless choices available.

If you are considering getting gifts for birthdays, anniversaries, Christmases, etc. you can consider the assorted packages or the items listed under sale where there will be a discount of up to 50%. Since Christmas and New Year festive season is just a few months away, it is time to come up with the list of gifts that you will need to buy.




Wednesday, August 9, 2017

Looking for a Job in San Francisco? Here Are 5 Reasons Why You Should Hire a Recruiting Company


San Francisco is a city with tremendous opportunities in a steadily growing financial sector. At the same time, though, it is a challenging job market with a lot of competition. Here are five solid reasons why a recruiting company is your best way to navigate that market.

1.       Recruiting Companies Get Leads Other Sources Don’t Get

When you work with a recruiting company, you are gaining access to a pool of employers who, for one reason or another, do not want to handle their hiring directly for positions. There are a lot of reasons for this:

·         The positions are interim or limited-term contracts
·         They wish to limit the pool of interview candidates
·         They want vetted candidates without committing their own resources

2.       They Will Work to Develop You Professionally

San Francisco accounting recruiters are invested in helping you find the best position for your skills, so they often help you with professional consultations about the resume you have and other tips you can use to impress your prospective employers in interviews and during the day-to-day execution of your duties.

3.       Positions That Reflect Your Resume

The right finance recruiting company will be the one that is matched to your level of experience, and that means their opportunities will reflect your resume. Beacon Resources recruits experienced, mid-level management and leadership talent for positions that include CFO and senior financial analyst, so you can count on recruiters to be there for you even as your career takes off.

4.       Line Up Jobs Before You Move

It can be difficult to line up work before you are local enough to report to an interview, but recruiting companies often make extra efforts to bring new talent to a city. They also have the infrastructure to support you as you seek a job before moving.

5.       More Than Just Temporary Positions

Many top companies use recruiters even when they are looking to hire individuals directly into their company, so you never see them posting public job ads. Recruiters can be the only way to hear about those jobs.

For more information, contact Beacon Resources today at (844) 500-8100.