Wednesday, February 21, 2018

Track Your Child's Education with ONEder

This post was sponsored by ONEder. All opinions are 100% my own.   

As a parent, I find that when it comes to my kids and school, I want to ensure that they are getting the help they need so they can succeed. The thing is, when it comes to teachers and the classrooms, I am not always there to see or hear about every assignment or issue that might come up. I also know that when it comes to my kid's and their futures, we have goals that I set with my kids, and find that those goals might not be so easy to track when it comes to the classroom. So when I learned about ONEder and how they can help to bring a bridge to that gap that parents and teachers might find themselves facing when it comes to the education in the classroom, I was curious to learn more and also share.

With ONEder, they understand that every parent has a different vision for their child’s future. And they offer a way for educators to share with parents, the progress their children are making. Creating a way where educators can see real-time progress tied to a student’s own, unique goals, making it easy to see how students are tracking, and to share data and important insights with parents and administrators.

Get ONEder into your child's classroom, today!


Bohemian Bedroom Furnishings To Up The Romance

Decorating in the bohemian style can bring the free-flowing, carefree feel in the haven call your bedroom. There are certain ways you can bring out the bohemian romantic chic using various items, decorations and furnishings. This article will discuss exactly what you can use and serve as a platform of inspiration.

First things first, you will get a great platform for creative boho ideas if you check the bohemian homewares from Zohi Interiors. There you will discover a range of items with Moroccan, tribal, Indian and bohemian influences handpicked for your home.

For now, lets see the different ways on how you can turn your bedroom upside down and into a paradisiac bohemian space.


*  The bed

A bohemian bed will be the main feature in your room as it’s a crucial item of furniture that makes up a large part of the feel in the room. A bohemian bed will usually have a wooden frame or even minus the frame.

As long as there are wooden bits and pieces around, you will get the desired romantic feel you want. If you want to soften the tone, simply add a white sheet, cushions, or pieces around the bed.

*  Think fairy lights and sheer curtains.

Sheer curtains create that flowy feel that is great for letting natural light shine through all day long. If you are morning person; even better! You will be one step closer to a romantic bedroom when you get the lighting down. Fairy lights hit the magic spot but other elements like candles and the odd lantern can go a long way.

Add some wildlife.

Houseplants will explode your bohemian look and take it to a whole new level. Usually long flowy plants with long vines and big leaves look great when creating the boho vibe. But to be honest, any plant large or small adds life and energy to the bedroom. Try and make the complement the overall d├ęcor of your room and find pots to match. Softer tones will always help to get together the look and keep it consistent.

*  Always use wood.

Wherever possible, wooden furniture is the best. If you want to go full out boho, then the washed-out wood works a treat. From nightstands to wardrobes, make sure you keep hints of wood running throughout your bedroom.

*  Add different textures and patterns.

From cushions to throws, from curtains to rugs, you will want to increase the amount of textures you have in your room. Adding that extra dimension and feel will help give the romantic bohemian chic you desire. Also using bright, eye-catching patterns throughout will keep the interest up!

These are all fantastic ideas for your new bohemian feel room but playing around and getting creative will ultimately win you the bedroom of your dreams.


Friday, February 16, 2018

How can you Choose the Perfect Electrician in Sydney?

            Choosing an electrician in Sydney is something of a challenge, because while there are a lot of electricians out there, they are not all created equally. Electricians can lie about their credentials, can end up being unable to do the work they promised initially, and also can hide behind reviews made by people who don’t know any better, and so continue getting customers. Fortunately, there are a number of ways in which you can get an electrician, and be reasonably certain that you will receive quality service from them.

Don’t rely on word-of-mouth reviews

            Word of mouth is how a lot of small traders do business, and it isn’t always a bad way to get recommendations, but it can be used by people with bad intentions. Word of mouth means that there is no way to check things – particularly if the person giving the recommendation does not give any way of checking those recommendations. If you trust your friend or colleague who is giving you the recommendation, then proceed with caution, but you generally should be okay (although maybe giving it some time to see if the work they had done is breaking down would be advisable). Otherwise, it is best not to proceed purely based on oral recommendations, because they don’t allow you to truly see what the company and individuals are like.

Use all the reviews possible

            The internet has made it possible for us to leave reviews concerning just about anybody and anything, using a variety of platforms. Social media lets us connect directly to other people, of course, as well as speak to companies which have their own presence there. For anybody wants to leave reviews, there are any number of review sites which allow people to leave reviews for other people to see.

            Using these sites can give you a clearer idea of what to expect from an electrician, as well as show what people thought of their abilities, business sense, cost, and overall effectiveness. Reviews are one of the most accurate ways for us to see how electricians are at their jobs, so make use of them.

Compare and contrast

            Most people use a rule of three when it comes to hiring tradesmen – that is, they ask for quotes from three different groups or individuals, so that they can get a clearer idea of what prices they should be paying for fair work. Having different quotes allows you to see a fair range of prices, so that you know what kind of money is expected from the work the electrician will be doing for you. Comparing between electricians will also give you an idea of how long they expect the work to take, the materials that they expect to use, and so on.


            When you are budgeting for your electrical work, remember to include a portion of the budget for emergencies. Not everything goes to plan, so you will be happier knowing that you have some additional funds if more work is needed.


Thursday, February 15, 2018

Baby and Toddler Basics: Expert Answers to Parents' Top 150 Questions

This post was sponsored by the Role Mommy Writer's Network. All opinions are 100% my own.   

When it comes to parenting, whether you are new to the game or a seasoned pro, we find that as parents, there are always going to be questions that might come up. Being a mother to 3 children, I learned after having my second child, that no baby or toddler is the same, and things that I thought I knew and learned from my first or even second child, did not completely prepare me for the third. And like many parents, I seek out the tips and advice from the experts, which can help to answer the questions or concerns I might have. So when we were sent the new book, Baby and Toddler Basics: Expert Answers to Parents' Top 150 Questions by Tanya Altmann MD FAAP, I was curious to begin reading and learn from the expert information provided on those top 150 questions parents find themselves asking.

After reading over the various topics that this book offers, I found it to not only be a good resource, but honestly a book that is a must have for any parent who is expecting, who has a new baby or a toddler in the home, regardless of experience. I say this because the information offered covers so many avenues of questions, that for me, even after a couple of babies, I still found myself asking. Giving parents the answers they seek when it comes to their little ones from birth to age 3, from Dr. Tanya who is a renowned practicing pediatrician who founded Calabasas Pediatrics and an assistant clinical professor at Mattel Children’s Hospital at UCLA.

These questions are ones such as on breastfeeding, wondering if your newborn is getting enough and how can you tell how much they are eating. Along with questions that parents of toddlers might ask, especially when you have one who is a picky eater, like "Should I worry about my toddler's picky eating habits? What can I do? And going along with that, "Is my toddler getting the vitamins and nutrients they need?" Which for me, have all been questions I have asked myself over the years, and with my different babies. Making the new book, Baby and Toddler Basics: Expert Answers to Parent's Top 150 Questions by Tanya Altmann MD FAAP, a book that is not only a must have to pick up if you are expecting or have a baby or toddler in the home, but also a great gift to give to new or expecting parents as a baby shower gift!


Explore the Beauty Around You in the 2017 Toyota Land Cruiser

As we look forward to the warmer weather ahead, I have found that my family and I like to take our down times to explore. We like to not only take those epic mini road trips to places nearby that we have yet to explore, but also explore the beauty that surrounds us in our little town. This allows us to really take in and appreciate all our area has to offer, and find new things that we had not noticed or really stopped to look at before. So when we were given the chance to check out the 2017 Toyota Land Cruiser, we were excited to head down to the water and enjoy some of the local attractions and restaurants.

We found that the 2017 Toyota Land Cruiser offers the room our family can appreciate, where we get 3 rows of seating that can be adjusted as needed in the back. We also found that on these rainy days we tend to get a lot of here in the PNW, that the Toyota Land Cruiser was perfect for taking down by the docks, on the watery side roads, as we drove around to the different areas by the water that were worthy of checking out.

Aside from the room that is offered, we found the convenience that both the driver and passenger get in the front, allows us to be comfortable and the driver to have a safe and enjoyable driving experience. Where we get ventilated heated seats, that are great for having as we get in and out of the rain, and where the sleek interior design gives the driver access to the many controls, and a high-resolution touch screen display. This display is helpful for not just the entertainment aspect, but also for the backup camera display and the navigation display that is a must when taking on that next journey.

Then for the kids, they not only liked having the room to move about and get in and out easily since the seats are very simple to adjust, but they also liked having the dual 11.6 inch screens in the back to watch DVD's on or even hook up their gaming systems to. Along with the dual screens that include the jacks for setting up their gaming devices to or plugging in additional headphones to, the kids enjoyed having the wireless headphones, which came in handy for the passenger in the third row of seats to use. Which in all, made our weekend staycation adventure of exploring the beauty around us in our neck of the woods, in the 2017 Toyota Land Cruiser, a weekend to remember!

I was loaned a vehicle for a week long test drive, thank you to Drive Shop USA for supplying me with the vehicle for this review, all opinions are my own.

Refresh Your 'Me Time' with Softsoap

As a parent or even a adult for that matter, we find that when it comes to that 'Me Time', we look forward to the time and also seek out the products that can help to make that time relaxing and enjoyable. Like many, I find that time alone to relax and unwind is needed at least once a week, and like many I enjoy doing this by first relaxing with a nice warm shower using some of my favorite scents from the Softsoap collection. So when we were sent a selection of both the Hydra Bliss Hydrating Body Wash and Pure Zen Relaxing Body Wash collections, I was excited to add them to my showering and bath time routines.

See for me, I enjoy taking that me time to sit by the beach as I watch the waves hit the rocks and shore. The sounds of the waves is very relaxing along with the fresh smell of the ocean which I find to be calming as well. And I found that with each of the scents provided, we get a selection of fresh and rejuvenating scents that are made for using in the shower before I head out for a afternoon of 'Me Time' to sit on the beach and read a book as I listen to the ocean. These scents include:

Hydra Bliss Hydrating Body Wash
  • Cucumber Water & Mint
  • Coconut Water & Blueberry

Pure Zen Relaxing Body Wash
  • Jasmine & Watermint
  • Rosewater & Lotus Flower

Making the choice to add the line up of the Hydra Bliss Hydrating Body Wash and Pure Zen Relaxing Body Wash collections to your bathing routine, one that is sure to help make that 'Me Time', more relaxing and enjoyable!

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

Tuesday, February 13, 2018

Valentine's Day with Wonder on Blu-Ray

Tomorrow is Valentine's Day, and in my house that means it is date night for my husband and I while the kids enjoy some pizza and a movie with the sitter. With that said, along with the movie night that the kids are excited to share with their favorite sitter, we will also be sharing valentines. So when we were sent the new movie, Wonder on Blu-Ray to review along with a pack of valentine themed goodies to share with the kids, we were excited to check it all out!

In this movie, we get an amazing, heartfelt family movie that is not only a great one for sharing on Valentine's Day, but one to add to our family movie night line up. This movie is one where you have a little boy who is born a little different than others, but regardless, finds beauty from within others and inspires others to do the same. The little boy comes to a age where he is ready to go to school for the first time, and on his journey to make new friends he brings others together as he goes on to prove that you can't blend in when you are born to stand out!

We found the movie along with the Valentine's Day themed cards and goodies to be a great addition for adding to our Valentine's Day, and you can too when you head out today to pick up your copy of Wonder and download the free Valentine's Day card above!

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.

Family Night Out at Lunchbox Laboratory

When it comes to meals and seeking the places to dine at which offer family friendly menus and atmospheres, I am one who likes to seek out new ones all of the time. This allows us to have a list of places to go out to when we have our family night outs, giving us options on both the menus and places to go to. Like many kids, mine love burgers and fries, which is great and all but for my husband and I, we like to have those burgers and fries that are packed with flavor and some of our favorite toppings. So when we heard about the Lunchbox Laboratory in Gig Harbor, with their selection of burger experiments, and their special each Wednesday night where kids can eat free, we were excited to check it out and add it to our list of family dining favorites! 

Upon arrival, we were not only greeted by friendly staff, but the kids found the fun lunchboxes added in with the decor and even the opportunity for a themed selfie to be very inviting. From there, we found the kids menu to offer a great selection of not just burgers but other choices that the kids were pleased to see on the menu. After the kids had a chance to look over their menu and begin coloring it, my husband and I were able to look over the very impressive menu available. Which included appetizers like the sweet and spicy fried pickles along with the Gavacho’s Totchos that comes with a dipping sauce that has a kick to it. Along with the appetizers that everyone was able to enjoy, my husband and I found the selection of Burger Experiments and Build Your Own Burger options to be exactly what we were looking for. Giving us a great selection of a variety of burgers which included the James West, packed with flavor from the rub used and sauce it is topped off with and the build your own burger selection where we were not only able to create our own unique burger but add grilled cheese sandwich buns in place of the hamburger buns!

Then when it came to the sides and even the shakes we could add to our meal, we found the handcrafted salts to be great for adding to the fries and the Hand-Spun All Natural Shakes to be a great end to an amazing burger. Which aside from the meal options, fit right in with the various drink experiments and more that you can find when you make it a date with your family and head to the Lunchbox Laboratory!

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

Red Dog: True Blue on DVD

Family movie night is a night in my home, where once a week we get together to relax, and enjoy some of our favorite titles both new and old that we come across. For my kids, they enjoy seeking out some of those new titles to add to the selection, and they also enjoy the stories that involve pets. So when we were sent the DVD, Red Dog: True Blue to review, we were excited to watch it and add it to our family movie night line up.

In this movie, we can follow along the adventure that one boy and a dog go on as they develop a friendship. This friendship is one that the boy finds was needed after being sent to live with his grandpa. And he finds that this one of a kind dog, will forever change his life! We found the movie along with the various bonus features to be a great addition to our family movie night collection and you can too when head out to pick up your copy of Red Dog: True Blue today to share with your family!

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.

Monday, February 12, 2018

Last Minute Valentines from Hallmark

When we head out to find those cards to send and give to our valentines this year, I find that I like to head to my local Hallmark or store that sells those Hallmark cards that I seek. I tend to go for the Hallmark card selections because they offer me a variety and also cards that are very unique. These include those beautiful pop up cards and even those that play music. So when we were sent some of the Valentines Day cards with vinyl records inside, I was excited to check them out and add them to the list of great last minute valentines gift ideas.
With each of these cards you get both a vinyl record that can really play music when placed on a record player, featuring some of your favorite songs. Along with the records, you also get a card with a heartfelt message inside. Giving you a card that is more than just a card, but one that can be enjoyed over and over again! Which in all, makes the choice to head to your local Hallmark store or store where Hallmark cards are sold to pick up a Romantic Valentines Day Card with Vinyl Record, a choice that you and your valentine are sure to enjoy!

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

Unique Valentines Gifts with Sock Problems

As we head out to find those perfect gifts to give those we love and care about this Valentines Day, many of us find that we want to get those unique gifts to give those unique individuals on our lists. For me, that list is a very long one when it comes to those who are close to me. So when I was introduced to the line up of socks that can be found at Sock Problems, I was excited to check them out and share them as a great option to go with when seeking those unique valentines gifts to give this year!

With the line up of socks that you can find at Sock Problems, you are sure to find a pair for just about every unique individual you know. From the Sock Cancer and Sock Autism selections to the Sock Extinction and Sock Hate socks. And with each purchase, the people at Sock Problems then go on to give 25% to 50% of the revenue made on the purchases to their selected partners. Giving you not just a gift of really cool looking socks that can help make a statement, but a gift that gives back as well! Making the choice to add some of those Sock Problems to your list of unique valentines gifts to give to those unique individuals on your list, a choice that everyone is sure to appreciate!

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

Last Minute Valentine's Treats from Welch's

When it comes to seeking out those last minute gifts to get those on your list this Valentines Day, I find that I like to look for the snacks and goodies that they are sure to love. Like many who are trying to keep to those resolutions we made last month, I also find that gifting treats that are both tasty and offer a option that can suit some of those diets can be the way to go. So when we were sent the New Welch's Fruit'n Yogurt Snacks to try, I was excited to add them to my line up of last minute Valentines Day gifts!

See when you give your loved one a box of the new Welch's Fruit'n Yogurt Snacks, you are giving them a low fat, 80 calorie yogurt covered treat that they are sure to appreciate! Along with being low in fat and only 80 calories, these snacks are Gluten free, provide 100% of the daily recommended Vitamin C intake, 25% of Vitamins A & D and 10% of the daily recommended amount of calcium! Making the choice to give your Valentine a box of Welch's Fruit'n Yogurt Snacks, one that they are sure to enjoy and appreciate!

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

Friday, February 9, 2018

Valentines Gifts from Chamilia

As we head out to seek those perfect gifts to give this Valentines Day, I like to seek out the gifts that I know my recipient will enjoy getting. Like many who love those charm bracelets, I am one who likes to receive new charms each holiday to add to my various bracelets. This allows me to mark the occasion and remember it for years to come, and one such company that I adore seeking those charms from is Chamilia. So when we were sent the new Funny Valentine - Rebus Charm Gift Set from selection of Valentines Day themed charms that come in a very nice, limited edition giftable box, I was excited to check them out and also share with our readers!

The new charms in this set are a perfect addition to the Chamilia line up of beads and charms, bringing a beautiful, 3 charm rebus to gift to that special someone this Valentines Day. When you look closely at the charms, you not only find elegant detail, but a secret message. The sterling silver charms in this set feature Amethyst, Rose, and Light Rose Swarovski Crystals, and with the limited edition box, it comes ready to be gifted to the one you love. Making the choice to add the new Funny Valentine Rebus Charm Gift Set to your Valentines Day, a choice your love is sure to appreciate and adore!

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

Disney Princess Pley Box Featuring Princess Jasmine

When it comes to finding those activities, gifts and fun things for the kids, I have found that subscription boxes are something the kids really enjoy getting. Especially when it comes to those various themed boxes that we can have delivered each month from which include the Disney Princess themed boxes. I say that because with the boxes that come in each month, my kids look forward to see what is inside, and what activities are included. Giving them coloring books, toys, and even a box itself that can be colored on and turned into a princess scene or castle. So when we were sent the new, Princess Jasmine themed Disney Princess box from Pley, we were excited to see what was included and share with our readers!

Once we unboxed the contents, we were pleased to see the Princess Jasmine shirt that was included, featuring Jasmine on a very nice long sleeved shirt. Along with the shirt, we also received a Jasmine Pop Keychain, and a necklace that included earrings and a nice little jewelry box to keep them stored in. Then when it came to the activities included, which are perfect for those cold rainy days we get here in the PNW, we found the painting pages and scratch off pages books to be a lot of fun. We also found the activity book and the Sultan's palace activities to be very suiting and fun to do as well. Which in all has made this month's Princess Jasmine themed Disney Princess Pley Box, one that is sure to please the Disney Princess fan in your life!

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

Celebrate Valentines Day with Peppa Pig

Valentines Day is coming up in less than a week, and like many kids, mine are excited to make and share valentines with their friends. For my youngest, he enjoys finding the valentines for the exchange with his friends along with valentines themed books and shows. So when we were sent a package filled with Peppa Pig Valentines Day themed goodies, he was excited to check them out and excited to share them with his friends this year. This selection includes the following must have Valentines Day goodies that are perfect for any Peppa Pig fan to enjoy this year:

  • Peppa’s Valentine’s Day book from Scholastic
  • Set of 32 Peppa Pig Valentine cards (with stickers!) from Paper Magic
  • Package of 20 Peppa StickerTreats sticker boxes from Stickerfitti
  • Peppa Pig 2018 wall calendar

With this set, we can read along as Peppa and her friends celebrate valentines when Peppa receives a very special valentines in the mail from her friend. We can also mark the special days throughout the year with the Peppa Pig 2018 wall calendar. Then when it comes to sharing valentines with his friends this year, my little guy can do so with the Peppa Pig Valentines cards that include fun stickers and even add to those by sharing the Peppa Sticker Treats sticker boxes as well! Making the choice to add Peppa Pig and her friends to our Valentines Day fun, a choice that both my little Peppa Pig fan and his friends are sure to enjoy!

For more fun, head to the Grown Ups section of the official Peppa Pig website, and be sure to follow Peppa on social on FacebookTwitter and Instagram!

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

How to Find Out More About Fishing

Becoming a well-versed angler isn’t easy. In fact, it takes a whole lot of commitment and many hours spent on the water. But it doesn’t all boil down to experience. You need to invest a lot of time in research, especially at the beginning of your learning journey, when you might not know anything about the sport.
In addition to that, you may have to consider your friends’ and family member’s preferences, especially if you plan to ask them to join in on the fun. Kids especially will get bored when spending hours on end just waiting for a fish to bite the bait.
Below you will find several online resources you might want to consider reading if you have the time and availability and if you would like to find out more about perfecting your fishing skills.

Don’t be afraid to use YouTube
One of the magnificent things about this video network is that it is packed with a plethora of comprehensive resources you wouldn’t be able to get anywhere else. If you want to take up fishing but none of your friends or acquaintances are interested in the sport, you can always turn to YouTube.
There are loads of videos that can teach you how to land a fish, the right kind of equipment you should use for various species and types of water, as well as how you can keep safe and sound during a fishing trip.

Check your local legislation
Another way of learning more about fishing, but this time locally is to check your state’s official website. For instance, if you reside in Texas, you can go online and look for the Texas Parks & Wildlife Department website, where you’ll find both several guides for beginning anglers, but also several tips and tricks for starting your fly fishing adventure.
Whatever you do, you need to make sure that you set out for your fishing trip with your license. Yes, you need one, in case you didn’t know that, except maybe if you’re under the age of 15 or over the age of 65, in which case you might be exempt from having to get one.
There are various regulations regarding different types of fish species. You might be allowed to catch just two fish from a certain species due to their inability to reproduce and thrive like others. If the fish you want to catch can be found in abundance in a particular area, there might be no limit you need to respect. Find out all of the info before getting on the water because otherwise, you might risk getting a fine.

Books and magazines aren’t out of style
Given that most folks have Internet access nowadays, the likelihood of some anglers owning subscriptions to some of the most interesting fishing magazines is rather low. However, you won’t be able to go online and research something if you have no reception on your phone when you’re in the middle of nowhere.
That’s why a trusty book or magazine can come in handy if you want to practice your techniques and reproduce them as best as possible as the authors have explained to you in that particular publication.


Wednesday, February 7, 2018

Adventure Awaits You with the 2017 Toyota Tundra Limited CrewMax

When it comes to the weekends and finding things to do with the family, we like to seek out the adventures that are nearby. We have found that in the area we live in, there are plenty of adventures to be had, which allows us to take on new ones every chance we get. So when we were sent the 2017 Toyota Tundra Limited CrewMax to check out and take on our weekend adventures, we were excited to head to a Forks, WA, to take on a fun Twilight themed adventure with the kids.

Being a family of 5, we found the room that the truck offered was more than enough. Allowing us to all sit in the cab, where the front gave both the driver and passenger plenty of comfort and legroom, and the passengers in the crew cab to also find the comfort that can be difficult to get when riding in a truck. This comfort aspect was a huge plus, since the drive to Forks, was one that took us along the Olympic Peninsula that we live on. Giving us a road trip worthy truck that along with the comfort, gave us a ride that was very smooth, room in the bed for our luggage and fishing gear, and entertainment features that were also very handy to have on our drive.

We took on our road trip adventure to Forks shortly after the kids got out of school on Friday, which did not give us very much sunlight to enjoy. This was not a issue at all, because once we got on some of the more remote seaside roads, the headlights provided plenty of light and automatically turned on and off the brights when needed as we drove at night. Along with the lights being able to detect when the brights were needed, we also found the ability to adjust the lights themselves to the angles needed was a huge plus, especially if you were to put the tow package to use.

Then when it came to the fuel mileage and power that you get with the 2017 Toyota Tundra Limited CrewMax, we found ourselves pleasantly surprised. When accelerating or needing more power to go up some of the mountain roads we encountered, we liked that this truck did it very easily, to where we did not feel any difference from the extra needed at times. We also found we were very impressed by the fuel mileage, where we were able to take a road trip that took us on windy mountain passes, explore the town of Forks and even head out for a drive to La Push beach, and back home on one tank. Which is impressive, especially compared to other trucks we have driven where we would have needed to fill up at least 2 times to complete such a trip. Making the 2017 Toyota Tundra Limited CrewMax not only a truck that is made to take on tough jobs and towing, but one that provides comfort and power for any adventures you might want to take on as well!

I was loaned a vehicle for a week long test drive, thank you to Drive Shop USA for supplying me with the vehicle for this review, all opinions are my own.

Tuesday, February 6, 2018

#Giveaway My Little Pony Friendship is Magic: Spring into Friendship

It is hard to believe that the month of February is upon us and that in a little over a month, we will be welcoming spring. But it is true, and soon Easter will be upon us as well. With that in mind, I find that I enjoy seeking out the titles for our family movie nights that offer fun spring and Easter themes. So when we were sent the new DVD, My Little Pony Friendship is Magic: Spring into Friendship to review, I was excited to add it to our family movie night line up.

With this DVD we get 5 spring themed episodes in 4 tales as the pony friends help to welcome spring into Equestria! Trouble starts when Twilight Sparkle finds herself with 2 tickets that are hard to get for a big event in town, leaving her to decide on who she will take with her. She finds the task a hard one, since she is having to choose between her best friends. We found this collection of pony tales to be the perfect addition to our My Little Pony collection as well as a great addition to our family movie night line up and you can too when you head out to pick up your copy of My Little Pony Friendship is Magic: Spring into Friendship on February 13th! And to help with ushering some of that pony magic into your home this spring, the wonderful people from Shout Factory would like to give 2 of our readers each a copy of  My Little Pony Friendship is Magic: Spring into Friendship 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.

Scratch & Create: Amazing Endangered Animals

As we head out to find those gifts to get the kids this Valentines Day, I have found that getting those craft sets and books for the kids can be exactly what they want. Like many kids, mine enjoy having a collection of activity books on hand at home, especially during those cold and rainy days that we get up here in the PNW. So when we were sent the Scratch & Create book, Amazing Endangered Animals to review, I knew that my kids would enjoy getting it this years for Valentines Day.

With the Scratch & Create Amazing Endangered Animals book by Anne Bentley, we get a activity book that provides fascinating facts about various animals as the kids try to guess which animal they are scratching away at. There are portraits of 20 different animals to reveal on the pages. And the kids can reveal each animal by using the scratch pen that is provided, where as they scratch, they can then reveal some beautiful photos of the animals. Making the Scratch & Create Endangered Animals book by Anne Bentley, a great choice to go with this Valentines Day when seeking out fun activity books to get the kids!

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

Valentines Day Gift Idea with Secret Message Candles

Valentines Day is coming, and like many, I have been seeking out those unique gift ideas to give this year. This includes the cards and flowers to send along with those unique gift ideas to let others know I am thinking about them this year. For me, I am one who loves candles and enjoys sharing ones I  come across. So when I was sent a Secret Message Candle to review, I was excited to check it out and add it to this years list of great Valentines Day gift ideas.

With the Secret Message Candles, we get a candle that is perfect for burning during that Valentines Day dinner. Where you get 1-2 hours of burn time, then once the wax has melted, we get a message at the bottom of the dish. The wax is a vegetable wax, a candle wick made of cotton, and with the porcelain dish that reveals the hidden message, I found that it can be used as a dish to hold my jewelry in on my bedside table! Making the Secret Message Candles a great choice to go with as you seek out those unique gifts to give to that special someone this Valentines Day!

Product received, thank you to 54 Celsius as well as the PR for supplying me with a product for this review, all opinions are my own.

Hey Arnold! The Jungle Movie on DVD February 13th

When it comes to family movie night and finding the titles to share, I find that I enjoy sharing ones that I can remember from when I was younger. Being a kid who grew up in the 80's and 90's, I found myself enjoying the various cartoons like the ones that came on Nickelodeon. I can also remember that when I got older and would babysit my sister, that she liked watching certain shows like Hey Arnold!. So when we were sent the movie, Hey Arnold! The Jungle Movie on DVD to review, I was excited to share it with my kids during our family movie night.

In this movie, you get the group of friends which include the football shaped head favorite, Arnold. Unlike his friends, Arnold lives with his quirky grandparents who keep his life pretty interesting. The thing is, Arnold has parents, ones who went missing and in this movie, you find him and his friends on a journey to find out what happened to Arnold's parents. The movie picks up where the series left off, as the kids go on a epic field trip, one where Arnold can seek out the answers and do it all with some of his closest friends. We found this movie to be a great addition to our family movie night line up and you can too when you head out and pick up your copy of Hey Arnold! The Jungle Movie when it hits shelves on February 13th, 2018!

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

Be Cool, Scooby-Doo! Season 1 Part 2

Family movie night is a night of fun, a night where we like to relax, unwind, and share some of our favorite shows and movies with one another. For my kids, they like search for a lot of the new titles we come across to add to the collection, and like many kids, mine love that mystery solving dog with his friends in the Scooby-Doo series. So when we were sent the new DVD, Be Cool, Scooby-Doo! Season 1 Part 2 to review, we were excited to check it out and add it to our Scooby-Doo collection!

With this DVD we get 13 mystery filled episodes where the group is excited to set out on a summer filled with adventure. The crew head out for their adventures by taking on a epic road trip, where they not only find a lot of fun along the way, but plenty of mysteries to be solved as well. For myself and my husband we enjoyed seeing the whole gang back again, solving mysteries as they did when we were kids, but with a new age flare for our own kids to follow along and enjoy! Making the choice to add the new DVD, Be Cool, Scooby-Doo! Season 1 Part 2 to your next family movie night, a choice everyone is sure to appreciate!

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


Monday, February 5, 2018

How to Help your Child Prepare for Exams

As adults we all know that sitting an exam is an incredibly stressful experience. No matter what the subject matter or reason. However, it isn’t just adults that can feel the pain of exam time, our children do too.
As parents, we want to make sure that your children are happy and that they never feel stressed, even at important points of their lives such as exams. But how can we help? James Goldsmith, Academic Director at shares his top tips on how to help your child prepare for exams:
1) Help them to work out a revision schedule
It is no secret that one of the best ways to ensure that you do well in an exam, is to plan for it. Children are not going to be natural born planners, which means, as a parent, it is going to be down to you to help them. You will need to sit down with them and work out a revision timetable, taking into account all the different subjects they will need to keep in mind. It is best to try and keep the revision time broken down into smaller chunks as this will allow them to focus their attention easier.

2) Buy tools that make revision more interesting
A huge amount of children will benefit from visual aids during the revision process. Brightly coloured highlighters, stickers and dividers for a ring binder are a sure fire way to help them to focus themselves on what they need to learn and make it as memorable as possible.

3) Make things around them as comfortable as possible
The last thing that your child is going to want is a loud, stressful home life when they are trying to get ready for an exam. This means, as a parent, it is your duty to make sure that their home life is as relaxed as possible. We know that things that can happen which will be hard to keep on top if, but ultimately, the calmer their home life is, the easier they are going to find it to focus on their revision and getting ready for their exams.

4) Never bribe them
It can be tempting to tell your child that if they do well in their exams they can have something they have really wanted. Whilst this probably sounds like a great idea, bribery of this type can be counter-productive. Instead, remind them of the personal reasons to them, that they should try their best, such as how it will make them feel. You can also reward them after their results, however, this should never be used as a carrot to dangle in front of them.
5) Show Love and Attention

Before you know it, exams will be done and your hard work will have paid off. The important thing to remember is that you should show your child plenty of love and attention when they have finished their exams, regardless of how they may have done, after all, they should always be perfect to you!


Business Sense: How to Host an Awesome Grand Opening

There is a delicate mixture of elements that all come together to make an excellent, memorable and meaningful grand opening for your business. It’s imperative that your business is properly ready and prepared for its debut in all the most practical ways, but it’s also important that you have a great plan for your business and that the launch goes off well, without a hitch. From teardrop flags for hype, to tasty lobby snacks for simple delight, here are some things to consider for your business launch’s big day.

Internet Marketing

In the digital age, internet marketing has become a vital part of the health and growth of any business. That includes fledgling businesses like yours! Make sure that you’ve covered all the bases of SEO, optimization, and internet marketing to help garner the most exposure and hype surrounding your business’ launch online. Social media can also be a great way to garner interest and make your business launch’s event more known and accessible to friends, family and others in the community. Internet marketing will be the most consistently relevant throughout the lifespan of your business.

General Advertising

Print, billboard and sign advertising are also incredibly relevant to the announcement of a new business. Choice billboard and print advertising can let you spread awareness of your business, make discount and launch incentive announcements, and garner general interest in your business. Signs such as print and teardrop flags on the lot of your business itself can highlight your location specifically, so that it’s clear to those passing by that your business is the one launching.

Incentives and Prizes

Discount pricing, or other purchasing incentives, can help garner more interest in your business over your competitors during a launch. The newness will make patrons curious, but providing them discounted goods and services, or great buy one, get one options, can get them interesting in trying out your business for themselves. That initial hook can lead to loyal customers.

A Solid Product or Service

A great business launch starts with a great product or service, and the mindset of helping others through doing what you love. All the best schemes and marketing strategies don’t substitute for a solid quality product, and customers will be able to discern the quality of your business, no matter how many teardrop flags or newspaper ads you use. Make sure that your business plan, and its offerings, are really up to scratch. That’s what will make all the difference when you do your business launch.


Friday, February 2, 2018

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DIY Valentines Day Cards with the Epson Expression Photo HD XP-15000

Valentines Day is coming soon, and like many who have kids, mine are not only excited for those valentine exchanges in their classrooms, but also making special valentines to give to their grandparents. With my kids, since their grandparents live far away, they like to create those valentines with enough time to send them in the mail before Valentines Day. They also like to do this by adding a personal touch to their valentines with photos to them. So when we were sent the new, Epson Expression Photo HD XP-15000 to review, we were not only excited to check it out, but use it for this years valentines to send!
First off, I found, just as I had expected with my experience with Epson printers, that the set up was very simple. Second thing that stood out for me, aside from this being a photo printer that allows me to print off a variety of sizes, I found the colors used were different than other printers I have in the home. This is because with the new Epson Expression Photo HD XP-15000, we get a photo printer that is designed to bring you more vibrant, detailed and HD quality photos, right from your own home!
These photos can be sent from your phone, taken from your camera or uploaded from your computer through your home WiFi, and keep the HD quality with both the color and black and white selections, due to the fact that with this new printer, we now get a new Red and Grey ink. The addition of the new colors is like night and day compared to other photos I have printed off from home in the past. Giving me the colors as I see them, in a HD quality, or black and white photos that offer more detail, where you might be able to see more due to the grey compared to a black and white photo printed off from a ordinary printer. Which for me, is why I decided to use this printer to print off the photos the kids are using this year for those valentines to send to their grandparents.
To create very adorable, yet simple valentines with your kids you will need the following materials:

Epson Expression Photo HD XP-15000
4x6 Epson Premium Photo Paper Glossy
Large paper heart doilies (found at local dollar store)
Small paper heart doilies (found at local dollar store)
Glue sticks (my kids love glitter glue but plain glue sticks work just as well)

Once all of the supplies are gathered, we went through the various photos I have taken of the kids and let them pick out their favorite ones to add to their valentine. I then loaded the photo paper into the printer and printed off the photos. After the photos were done printing, the kids measured their photos, to cut out just the head that they would later attach to the valentine. The kids then took the large doilies and glued the smaller doily to the top, giving it a pretty layered look.

Then, once their doilies were together, we glued the cutout head shots we had printed off, to the middle of the smaller heart. My daughter decided to give the cards a more card like look by then gluing a second large heart doily to the top, which either way, gave us a very nice valentine to mail to their grandparents this year.

In all, we found the new Epson Expression Photo HD XP-15000 to be the perfect printer for having when we go to print off the many photos we take regularly. Allowing us to choose from a variety of sizes and get HD quality with each print we make, and you can too when you add this printer to your home!

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