Monday, June 1, 2020

Author Interview: Always Eat After 7 PM

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If you remember, last week  I wrote a post (link to first post) about the start of a program I am doing on my own, by using the book "Always Eat After 7 PM: The Revolutionary Rule-Breaking Diet That Lets You Enjoy Huge Dinners, Desserts, and Indulgent Snacks--While Burning Fat Overnight" by Joel Marion. I promised to check back in and let you know how things were going, since this way to lose weight and maintain a healthier me is different than any way I have ever heard of before. Of course that got me interested in the author. Bestselling author, Joel Marion, is a fitness expert and nutritionist debunking the myths underlying traditional dieting. He offers a simple and effective weight loss program done in ways that might surprise you. Below you will find a few excerpts from one of his interviews:

Tuesday, May 26, 2020

Joel Marion says you can ALWAYS eat after 7 pm!

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Well, one thing I didn't expect from the social distancing and stay-at-home mandates is that I would gain a pound a day. A pound a day! And while I took instant measures when I discovered it, to help start turning the numbers on the scale right back around in the other direction, it put me in the mindset of wanting to get and keep my weight where it should be. One thing I have found to be totally true, is that since my hysterectomy, it is not as easy to drop pounds as it used to be, or maybe that is because I am getting older ? Whatever the reason, I was happy to agree to receive a copy of "Always Eat After 7 PM: The Revolutionary Rule-Breaking Diet That Lets You Enjoy Huge Dinners, Desserts, and Indulgent Snacks--While Burning Fat Overnight" by Joel Marion. It was perfect timing to get it.

Monday, May 25, 2020

Cobra JumPack CPP15000 Portable Jump Starter

You get in your car, fully expecting it to turn over and go, but no, nothing. We've all been there, and depending on where you are, where you want to go and how fast you want to get there, a dead car battery can be a very big deal. Jump starters are essential when your car battery dies and leaves you hanging.

Wednesday, May 20, 2020

Flash and Supergirl: Two New Boxed Sets Released Two Days in a Row

Catch Up (If You Can) With The Fastest Man Alive!


My son started watching Flash awhile ago and I was instantly sucked in. It's entertaining to me and a fun way for us to just sit and spend some time together relaxing. Seems like we're on the move so much with his basketball (or we were before the pandemic) that it is nice to just watch a little TV. We watched on Netflix, so we were able to binge watch here and there when we wanted to as well. Now the Season Six is on DVD and I'm thinking this will be a great gift for his upcoming birthday. SuperGirl is another boxed set that is out, and although we haven't watched that one (yet!) we have seen her appearances in Flash and/or Arrowverse (another show we like) and we've seen the movie. We like SuperGirl, so I'm sure we'll catch up and watch this series at some point too. I think it's exciting that these are on DVD now. They surely would make a great addition to superhero-loving homes!

Razor has got some great energy-burning activity ideas perfect for indoor play!

Kiddos have energy to burn?
Mine does, and Razor has some great ideas to help alleviate his restlessness. We already do the laundry basketball (he's a basketball nut, so everything is a basketball hoop), but the bowling with soda bottles (or water bottles!) sounds great to me! We'll be trying that one.

Monday, May 18, 2020

Things that can Help You Overcome Covid Slide

Disclosure: This is a courtesy post to share information on some products we enjoy, and that I think could be helpful with those who are self-isolating due to the COVID-19 dilemma we are all facing.

We are still staying in. Honestly it doesn't seem like a big deal now, we're getting used to it, but there are times I miss going out at will (especially without a mask!). One thing that I have found that helps, is breaking out the games or toys, or even getting a new one (or two) in the house to keep things fresh. These are good for the kids and for me too!! It's nice to be distracted by something that is just purely for fun.

With the current COVID-19 pandemic teachers, parents and students alike are facing a uniquely challenging time. Most schools have closed their doors and everyone has been adjusting to learning from home and a new way of life. Due to this, parents fear the setbacks their children will face trying to figure out what works best.  

Previously known as Summer Slide, the “Covid Slide” is here and it’s real. According to a survey conducted by Varsity Tutors, about 68% of parents are concerned about their children falling behind grade-level expectations as a result of remote learning from the current COVID-19 outbreak. Which is why products that continue education from home are more important than ever. Such kits and toys can stimulate hands-on learning which can go a long way in keeping students on track, get them through the current crisis and prepare them for the school year ahead. 

These are all STEAM products that can help prevent the “COVID Slide”.

$100 Amazon Gift Card Giveaway

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$100 Amazon Gift Card Giveaway (Ends 6_30)

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Dads and Grads... wow, it's been a strange year, but the one thing that is the same as any other year, is time is surely flying! June will be here before we know it! This giveaway is part of our Dads & Grads Gift Guide. Stop by to see all the great giveaways and products!

Motorola Peekaboo Video Baby Camera Giveaway

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Motorola Peekaboo Video Baby Camera Giveaway

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My daughter is expecting a baby. 2 under 2 will be her household soon. I've never had two little ones so close together in age, but I think in so many ways it will be fun!! I know the little one she has now is going to be the best big sister ever because she is the most chill, sweet, awesome baby girl. One thing my daughter has said she might need now though, is a new baby monitor. The ones she has is nice, really nice (and expensive) but it's not one that monitors on the phone, and since they now live on a farm, that feature is a big deal. 
This one seems to be great and really address the needs she has for being able to monitor her little ones. 

Thursday, May 14, 2020

Get Outside with the RazorX Cruiser Electric Skateboard

There are so many things we write about that are sent to my son, and every once in awhile, I think I should write a post about something we have had for years that still brings joy to him. This RazorX Cruiser Electric Skateboard is definitely one of those things! This is the kind of item that has a cool factor that jumps off of the scales, for him and those who see him on it. I don't think we've ever gone around town without someone telling him it's an amazing ride. And it is!  In his right hand, in the photo above, is a remote control. That controls the speed, and the on/off for the board. It is small and easy to carry in his hand or pocket.

Sunday, May 10, 2020

Happy Mother's Day

Wishing you all a wonderful day! Extra special love to the mamas today. ❤

Wednesday, April 29, 2020

Baby Delight Go With Me Slumber Deluxe Portable Bassinet

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My daughter is expecting her second child in September. That is a big deal because she has a little one at home who is just over a year old, so she will have two little sweethearts at home to take care of soon. Fortunately, since she has a little one already, she doesn't need much in the way of things for the new baby, but one thing that she would like is a small bassinet. This Baby Delight Go With Me Slumber Deluxe Portable Bassinet is absolutely perfect for what she wants/needs.

Friday, April 17, 2020

FREE Printables for Kids! Fun Ways to Entertain at Home


It looks like certain areas are going to start reopening on May 1st, if what I saw online today is to be believed. Are we ready? Who can say for sure. I know schools put a LOT of work into the online atmosphere, so I honestly thought kids would be home the rest of the school year. I just read, however, that the governor for our state wants schools opened in the second phase of getting back to 'business as usual' so if that's before school ends, so be it. Even so, kids are still home now, and they like different things to do each day for entertainment. Welch's was kind enough to give me some links to share with you: Free Printables and games for the kids (BINGO, Mazes, Word Searches, Matching Games, Crossword Puzzles and Coloring Pages)! It's always nice to have a few extra tricks up your sleeve for entertainment. I know my kids always liked these kinds of things when they were little. Thank you Welch's!

Extreme Oceans by Sylvia A. Earl

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"The crab that I held in my hands could barely move. It wasn't old. It wasn't diseased. It as smothered in black, tarry oil." That is an excerpt from the book I am reading right now, Extreme Oceans from National Geographic Kids. Of course anything running under the National Geographic name is quality material, so it was no surprise to us that this would be too. My favorite thing about it is the information that it is giving, but I also love that it speaks to you conversationally. It is written from the viewpoint of Sylvia A. Earle, the National Geographic Explorer who wrote the book. 

While the book is informative (and it is informative) it is also a call to action. For instance, it helps children see the importance behind things they are told not to do. There is a page about the dangers of plastic bags when they fall into, or are thrown into, the ocean. There is a huge picture of a plastic bag on the water, and how it looks from below. Well, to the fish (and to me when I am looking at that picture) it looks like a jellyfish. If you are a hungry fish that eats jellies, there is no danger warning that is going to go off to let you know what you are about to consume. Seeing the connections and having the visual to go along with them really helps drive the information home. 

The book is 110 pages and is recommended for children ages 8-12, but of course anyone can enjoy this kind of presentation. 

Discover the most outrageous aspects of the deep blue---from record-breaking depths to towering tsunamis, underwater giants to tiny sea creatures--along with ocean conservation challenges and what you can do to help.

Dive into a world of aquatic mystery in this action-packed combination of science and adventure. Famed National Geographic Explorer Sylvia Earle leads readers on an in-depth tour of life beneath the waves. Come face-to-face with whales and sharks, learn about the newest and most hi-tech ocean gear and gadgets, experiment with hands-on activities, and join Earle as she recounts her most daring dives. Packed with fascinating tidbits, animal profiles, and up-to-date science, each chapter combines stunning photography with fun, accessible text. Perfect for curious kids, ocean lovers, young explorers, and the classroom. Extreme Ocean reveals the mystery, majesty, danger, and--above all--the importance of our ocean.

Extreme Oceans from National Geographic Kids is available in retail stores. It is also available online, including at Amazon. If you are looking for something to do, and reading is on that list, I highly recommend it.