Friday, September 22, 2017

World Tourism Day is September 27th! $25 Off Travel with Hotels.com

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Finding ways to travel year round, even when the kids are in school is a must for us. Though we shorten our trips this time of year to being fairly local, and only on weekends or holiday breaks, we still ensure that we carve out to time to go. For those of you who aren't tied to a school calendar, traveling during the off-season months like September and October can really pay off! If you are traveling now, you will generally have fewer people to contend with, and shorter (or no!) lines to stand in which will allow you to have more time to experience new people, places and things at your leisure. That can be far better than being rushed, I know. We used to travel in the off-season to Europe and though we hear stories of people who said they had to wait in line forever to see the popular tourist attractions, we can't relate because during the off-season, that was rarely if ever the case (hurrah!).

Thursday, September 21, 2017

Why I Continue Educating My Kids Once They’re Home From School

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School is school, and home is home, right? Well, not really. School is a primary extension of learning for children, but I believe learning starts, continues and ends at home. It is my educated guess that there are approximately 20 students enrolled in the majority of public classrooms in the United States. Ideally, each and every child, in every single class, should receive 100% of the teacher's attention. Realistically, that is of course not true, nor even possible, due to time constraints (among other things). In counting down from 3 to 1, with (1) being the most important, that is the #3 reason why I continue to educate my kids once they are home from school.

Sunday, September 17, 2017

How Can You Turn Your Personal Smartphone Into A Business Phone?

Please welcome a guest blogger today.


In many cases you do want to have more phone numbers, just like you would deal with email addresses. The common approach is to have one for the personal communications and one for business operations. You want to have separate business and work numbers so that the work-related calls are going to go for the voice mail after a specific hour or the personal calls can be deferred as you are during working hours. At the same time, billing and accounting become a lot simpler.

Dock & Bay Microfibre Towel

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What's in the nifty little Dock & Bay bag that you can easily toss in your car or carry with you wherever you go (and it looks cute too)? It's a microfibre towel that is going to come in handy so many times and ways. We decided to keep this one in our trunk.  There are a lot of times we go to the park, the beach, the pool, what have you, and we have nothing to sit on in the grass or on the hot concrete. Every single similar type of thing we get, ends up with another family member for whatever (good) reason. This one is just too awesome to give up. We put it in our car, and this one is staying with us for keeps. :)

Saturday, September 16, 2017

The Purple Cow Magnetic Travel Games

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 Today we're supposed to be on a family trip that includes Disney World. Some of us, including me, got the flu. I'm recovering today, but still know I wouldn't have been able to make that long drive, much less walk around all day long. Big bummer too, because my 2nd oldest changed work days with someone to be able to go (and of course, he's not sick, so he would have been able to go, yikes!). We'll reschedule but this weekend would have been perfect because with the hurricane days (that we're still on) all sports, work and school things have been cancelled (at least in my house). My daughter is out of college for the storm too, and now that she's grown, like her two older brothers, it's even harder to find dates we can all agree on, so being sick right now is not just a drag, it's a BIG drag.

HAD we been in the car for a trip today though, you can bet we'd have some games packed and ready to go. The portable Magnetic Games from The Purple Cow are always a good bet. They're small enough to slip in the back pocket of the car seats, and extremely portable. Everyone likes a good game of Tic Tac Toe or 4 in a Row. Even the grown kids will play if they're in the back seat with little man (who's not really so little anymore).

Smash Pong Family Game #Giveaway from Education Insights


Educational Insights has a game for children ages 7+, but my grandbaby is 5 and I bet she'd love it. It is definitely NOT for children under 3 because the balls are small and could pose a choking hazard. Smash Pong is easy to set up and consists of 1 smash pong launcher, 6 balls, 20 challenge cards, a game guide and the storage bucket.

Quill.com Shares How to Avoid Freezing from Office AC




Sometimes as bloggers we elect to share links to other people's posts because we want to do something nice for the person/sponsor. Cafe Quill has been a sponsor/blog that has been so wonderful to work with that today I have decided to share their blog post about how to avoid freezing in the office!

Friday, September 15, 2017

Top 3 "Most Welcoming" Curb Appeal Colors for Your Home

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No two ways around it, color matters. We see that in the photos above, and we see it in our every day lives. It has been claimed that colors can evoke feelings too. They are known to make you feel happy, hungry (they say not to paint your kitchen orange!), or calm, among other things! Do I believe it? I most certainly do! Color matters for the exterior of your home too.

Thursday, September 14, 2017

Protect ALL of Your Network Devices with the #CUJO Smart Firewall (sold at Best Buy)

The reviewer has been compensated in the form of a Best Buy Gift Card and/or received the product/service at a reduced price or for free.

Great things do come in small packages!
The Cujo Smart Firewall protects every device on your network!
This is what the box looks like on it's own. This is what you are going to look for in the store. It's a small device, with a whole lotta' punch to it. Have you heard the saying, "Good things come in small packages?" Well the Cujo, sold at Best Buy proves that saying to be true!!

Family Game Night: We are Addicted to CrozzIt!

Disclosure: We received a complimentary game to review. All opinions stated are genuine and our Crozzit-loving own.


We're still on our 12-day "storm vacation" from school and work, though it hasn't really felt like a vacation until today. Everything has been closed down except Publix (who was so good before and after the storm), and a lot of people are still out of electric too. Today though, almost feels like a normal day. Gas stations are open (with long lines), restaurants are starting to turn on their 'Open' signs and boards and shutters are coming off of the windows. One of the things we did during the storm and after while everything was closed down, was play games. A new favorite for us? Crozzit!

Wednesday, September 13, 2017

Winner Announcement





Congratulations to Cynthia whose name was randomly selected by Rafflecopter as the winner of the Kinzd Wallet or Makeup Case Giveaway.

Adding Susan who won the OUTXE Bluetooth Speaker today!

Monday, September 11, 2017

Win a Nursery Makeover from EvgieNev Wall Decals!

This information is brought to you by EvgieNev Wall Decals. All opinions are my own.


Having a baby is an amazing and life changing event! There is so much to do to prepare for the arrival and so many things to buy! That's why EvgieNev Wall Decals wants to make it easier for you to get your nursery ready or to just redo your current nursery!


Sunday, September 10, 2017

Audio-Technica for Back-to-School (or College)


Audio-Technica Headphones are ALWAYS tops for quality!
I have two kids in college, one in her first semester ever, and the other in his last semester for his degree. It is an exciting time for both! I also have a child in elementary school. All three of these children have the need for high quality Audio-Technica Bluetooth Headphones, and I only have one pair (not to mention, I'd love to keep them for myself, but that's besides the point, mom's rarely do that, right?) so what's a mom to do?

A Full Serving of Veggies in your Pasta? Yes Please and Thank You Birds Eye!

On the left, an ice experiment my son is doing...
on the right, dinner in 3.5 Minutes Flat! That's a welcome addition to meal time!
Most of you know we're knee-deep in hurricane preparations over here. Actually, we're all done now, and just waiting for the storm (which thankfully has pretty much turned away from us at this point, though we still have winds up to 89 mph predicted later today). The thing is, there is NOTHING open, and I do mean nothing. No gas stations, no grocery stores, no convenience stores, no restaurants. It's like a ghost town out there, and I know this because we just drove around looking for someplace to eat, that wouldn't require me having to cook. We're tired, we want to relax, but I do still want the kids to eat right. Enter Birds Eye Vegetable Pastas! 

Saturday, September 9, 2017

Please Pay Attention to Your Roof!


In most cases, houses are in pristine condition on the day you purchase, but that will always change over time. If you are like most people, you pay attention to the more obvious things affecting the comfort and livability of your home like the HVAC system. One of the most commonly overlooked areas of the home is the roof.


Thursday, September 7, 2017

Celebrate National Video Games Day at Chuck E Cheese!


Tomorrow night we'll be prepping my SIL's house for Hurricane Irma and really hoping she (the hurricane, not my SIL) doesn't stop by to visit. Our place is being prepped by the association that runs the apartments. I hope they do a good job. My biggest worry right now is flooding because even if it rains hard, the parking lot doesn't drain well where we live. I hope that stays my biggest worry, if you know what I mean.

Grandparent's Day is September 10!



Why not send grandma and grandpa a GrandBox? It's a perfect, and unusual gift for Grandparent's Day or just to show them how much they are loved, and everyone loves to get a special delivery!

Monday, September 4, 2017

Gurunanda: The BEST Essential Oil Diffuser I've Seen!

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My daughter has a long weekend off of college, I'm off work for the holiday, and my youngest son is too. So we're all looking forward to the fun days we're going to get to spend together with absolutely no agenda...and what happens?? S*I*C*K*N*E*S*S. Blah.  I'm not sure who went out first, me or my youngest, but I know we both started feeling down and out on Friday. That was a sure sign of things to come. My daughter had her girlfriend over for the weekend too, and she had a different kind of sick so she fit right in, lol. Two strands of whatever running around the house...and so far my girl is the only one not sick (knock on wood, she's a warrior). :) One of my symptoms has been an alternately stuffed/runny nose. I've had a Gurunanda Honeycomb Ultrasonic Essential Oil Diffuser sitting around the house waiting for the perfect day to be opened, and what better time than when so many of us were sick? I broke it out, and put a few drops from the 'Breath Easy' essential oil bottle, and was amazed at how fast my breathing cleared up. I was instantly in love.

Sunday, September 3, 2017

Delicious Snacking and Labor Day Celebrations Go Hand-in-Hand

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Having the right snacks on hand is essential when it comes to entertaining, and so many of us will be entertaining this long Labor Day Weekend! Because it's a traditional holiday that often entails that last big shebang for people ending the summer I let my son pick the party colors. My son has picked out three snacks to help work with the color scheme he selected: primary colors (yellow, red, and blue).

Colgate Talking Toothbrushes: Great for Back to School

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We have definitely had some challenges with my youngest son's teeth. I don't know if it was because we had well water in Michigan or not, but he was the only child out of four to get cavities as a child (and he did brush and floss regularly). In fact, he had to have oral surgery when we moved, and though it was a bit intimidating at the time, it turned out to be a huge blessing. His teeth are now in perfect condition and the challenges he had are no more. That being said, because of the ordeal he went through, he does appreciate the importance of taking extra good care when it comes time to caring for his teeth. Colgate has new Brush Coach toothbrushes that help, and they make oral hygiene fun.